It’s time to catch up with ‘Six on Saturday’. I’ve missed a few and half written other Sixes, but finally I’ve got my act together today. So I’m linking with Jonathon aka Mr Propagator (and hoards of other keen gardeners) to share six garden-related things.
1 Poppies – A new generation
And so my first ‘Six’ relates to the title. Obviously, I don’t really have the whole world in my hands, but I did have a whole globe of sprouting poppy seeds.
The recent torrential rains (apparently, 3rd October was the wettest day for UK-wide rainfall since records began in 1891) have triggered a lot of seeds to start into growth while still on the plants. I think that this is a seed head of Papaver somniferum ‘Black Peony’, so I will be pricking out a fair few of these next week.
2 Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’
In the past I’ve been disappointed in the actual colour of this ‘Cherry Brandy’ rudbeckia when I’ve grown it from seed (it often seems to be a muddy orange), but this time the colour is lovely:
The petals are lush and velvety and that tight cone is a marvel of neatness and geometry.
3) Kangaroo Paws, Anigozanthos manglesii
This was one of a selection of packets of seeds given to me as a present way back in 2017. For one reason or another I didn’t get round to planting the seeds until this spring and I wasn’t too confident about their germination after the delay. Well, it turns out that the seed was still viable and I watched multiple tiny grass-like leaves emerge. Then they seem to run out of steam, so after a month or two of waiting I pricked them out into new compost and bigger pots. The roots were very fine and matted together which meant I lost of few after the process, but subsequently the re-potted plants have taken off and are beginning to look like the pictures I’d seen of this plant:
4 The Prettiest Pot Marigolds
I don’t often grow pot marigolds, but I love their cheerful, long-flowering faces whenever I see them. This year however, I had planned to underplant the fig trees in Wimpole’s Walled garden with a mixture of Calendula officinalis ‘Sunset Buff’, Begonia ‘Glowing Embers’, Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple majesty’ and Helichrysum bracteatum ‘Salmon Rose’. Sadly, when Lockdown prevented any gardening there, I had rather a lot of marigolds to use in our own garden. What luck though! I am loving C. ‘Sunset Buff’. The dark undersides to the petals look individually painted, complete with brushstroke markings, and that glowing centre manages to lift the mood immediately.
5) One woman went to mow a meadow …
The wild grass area in the corner of the garden has had it’s annual mow. I’ve raked up the straw since this photo, but the whole thing now needs a final low cut so that the primroses and bulbs can shine next spring. I am still waiting for an order of wild daffodils to arrive for the meadow. Hopefully next week!
6) A new challenge
I think I got carried away after reading an email from Chiltern Seeds more or less challenging recipients to try to germinate ‘Mac’s Mix’, an exotic seed mixture. As a inveterate seed collector and germinator, how could I resist??? Probably what tipped the balance was that our village cafe is called ‘The Moringa Tree’ and I’d googled the name, so when I saw that the packet may well contain Moringa seeds it seemed like Kismet.
So that is one ‘Circuit Breaker’ activity planned then! Have you got any lined up?
Hope you enjoyed my Six. Keep well!