Six on Saturday – Gutted and glutted

08/08/2020

The mercury in our greenhouse thermometer is practically bursting out of its tube! It’s hot, it’s clammy and it’s Six on Saturday time again, so I am joining The Propagator with six gardening vignettes to share for his weekly meme.

1) Plums, greengages and damsons

What a bumper crop of stone fruit this year! Our back garden is studded with the relic trees of an old Chivers orchard, so we always have plenty of fruit at this time of year. The lawn is becoming sea of ripe and wasp-damaged damsons, greengages and plums. Sadly, that’s not all that has come down. We’ve lost a large branch from one of the damsons (and not the one we expected to go next). The trees were old when we moved in 20 years ago and we have maintained them as best we can, but it’s curtains for this tree, which also has a large split down its forked trunk. So long and thanks for all the fruit!

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Of course I am making jam now!

2) Rudbeckia

This is an example of a Rudbeckia ‘Chim Chiminee’ that I grew from seed. I can’t decide if I like it or not. The plants themselves can’t quite make up their minds whether their petals are quilled, spooned or open, which kind of annoys me. Apart from that I love them!

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Here’s another one. Looks a bit too tatty?

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What do you think?

3) Eucomis

I like watching the progress of pineapple lilies erupting into flower each year, especially the purple ones. This is Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’, growing in the greenhouse. The ones I have in pots outside are a touch behind, but are going to be much bigger by the looks of things. I think that they’ve taken advantage of the space in the container that I didn’t re-plant with bedding this year.

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4) Cedric Morris Irises

If your email inbox is anything like mine, you probably get swamped by daily offers for plants, seed, kit etc. Mostly I ignore them, but I found a recent email from Plant Heritage with an offer of Cedric Morris Irises too hard to resist I am afraid. The choice was a bit limited by the time I got there. However, I am now the proud owner of:

Iris ‘Storrington’, ‘Benton Menace’, ‘Benton Dierdre’, ‘Strathmore’, ‘Benton Ankaret’ and ‘Benton Cordelia’

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They will be going in the south-facing border down the driveway … once I have made space for them.

5) Salvia cuttings

About a month ago I took my first wave of salvia cuttings, mostly S. greggii cultivars. Last week, when I checked the pots, there were already roots coming through the bottom, so I’ve potted them on and they are looking good. Then a friend offered rooted cuttings of Salvia sagittata, which she had produced by placing the cuttings in a jar of water. I’ve never tried starting salvias in water before, but I am going to now! Here are the S. Sagittata, growing on in my greenhouse:

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They seem to have survived the transfer to soil with no problem and have produced a fresh set of leaves. I can’t wait to see the lovely blue flowers.

6) Peacock Butterflies and buddleia

I finally got to count a peacock butterfly (Aglais io) in the ongoing (until tomorrow) annual Big Butterfly Count that I posted about a couple of weeks back. Of course I spotted it on a buddleia! How beautiful is that?

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A peacock butterfly at last … and #ButterflyCount -ed

That’s my six for this week.

Have a good weekend and keep as cool as you can!

About Frogend_dweller

Living in the damp middle of nowhere
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18 Responses to Six on Saturday – Gutted and glutted

  1. fredgardener says:

    Nice photo of this butterfly on the buddleia. I will also have plenty of Damson’s plums when I return. Fingers crossed, no broken branches! I already had 3 broken pear trees before leaving. ( too heavy)

    • I hope that your trees are alright Fred. Sadly we have lost two more large damson branches and, yes, a pear (like yours, also too heavy 😦 ) with this series of storms hitting us so early.

  2. March Picker says:

    You’ve certainly had a windfall! 😉

  3. What a shame about the tree! Do you have another damson tree or is taht it?

    • Ah Piglet, we do, but they are falling fast! It’s a bad year as the storms are happening so early, whilst the trees are in full canopy and loaded, rather than after leaf drop. Happily, with all the self seeds along the boundary though, we will always have some around.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I was astounded by all that fruit on the ground – wow, that is abundance! Sorry you’ll lose your tree, but it served you well by the sounds of it.
    Not wild over the Rudbeckia, however the fuller one could grow on me. 😉
    LOVE the peacock butterfly – such a gorgeous creature!

    • We visited the RHS garden at Hyde Hall a week ago and they have a large Rudbeckia trial going on (80 something varieties), so I can safely say I won’t be wasting time on this one again as there are so many other exciting possibilities.

  5. I love seeing butterflies on buddlias. Some people sniff at these common shrubs but I don’t care, the butterflies they bring in to the garden make them a must have.

  6. shoreacres says:

    I didn’t even know the peacock butterfly existed. What a beauty that one is. As for the Rudbeckia ‘Chim Chiminee,’ I will confess that from time to time I look at some of these cultivars and think, “Just because something can be done, doesn’t mean that it should be done!”

    • Peacock butterflies are bonus from the plum season round here and they are one of our more exotic looking species. In fairness, I did think I liked that rudbeckia in the catalogue picture, but I agree with you about cultivar development in general.

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Amazing butterfly. Wow. Love your eucomis. Too sad to lose the tree, but at least the fruit will be nice as jam.

  8. Cathy says:

    I love that Rudbeckia too. The unusual always catches my eye! 😉

  9. cavershamjj says:

    shame about your tree. i smiled when i saw the picture, it looks like you were intending to put the whole tree through your shredder! nice to have so much fruit. we have a young plum tree that produced it’s first crop this year, about 5 fruit. hoping for more next year…

    • I wish I had one of those mega tree surgeon shredders, as we have more branches down now!
      Enjoy those first plums. I am sure you will be suffering decisions about what to do with all this fruit soon!

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