Six on Saturday 19/8/17

Happy Saturday everyone, well it doesn’t seem like a week since I did the last one but it was and it’s another chance for me to join in with this excellent meme. Although I will be honest and say I am running out of plants and jobs to feature from my postage size stamp of a garden, but somehow there’s always something changing and surprising us within our gardens and that to me is one thing that makes gardening such a special passion as well as a job.  So on top my 6 for this Saturday! 

Ok it’s a common old petunia, nothing special about that is there, well normally I would agree even though I have a love of these little plants, we used to use them in bedding display in the parterre at Mottisfont, but this little fella deserves to be here. In the spring, I extended a border in the front garden and this just appeared there in the border, germinated from seed no doubt left in the the soil for years and years! Just reminds us, that plants will survive no matter what
After spending ages planting up my front door containers, one of my lovely kids, decided to prune one a salvia with a football, not ideal as you can never get a good edge on a football! Sadly the plant didn’t make it, so went to the garden centre to buy a new salvia and came back with this Cosmos! Yes yes I know nothing like a Salvia but I like it!
It’s the geranium nimbus in the middle that’s made it this week, mainly as this is the one I cut hard back a few weeks ago and featured in another blog I did on citing them back, just wanted to show how much it has grown since I pruned it
My middle daughter chose this as a replace for her solar powered moving plastic plant that got broken, so pleased that she choose a real plant this time, she really liked the fly trap plants at Kew Gardens, she loves feeding it things we catch, so far it’s had flies, flying ants and caterpillars (great place to get rid of the rose sawfly caterpillars!)
Don’t get a chance to do much propagation now a days but it’s one of the jobs I love doing, I have plans in the pipeline to build alpine green roof on a kids play house soon and need some plants for it, thought it would be a great chance to propagate some house leeks, they are so easy to do, will have a blog about how I did them soon
Another plant I am growing in love with is the sea thrift America, saw this form and had to get it! It’s called niffty thrifty. Just love the variegation on the leaves, goes so well with the flowers, it’s another one for my roof alpine garden or it might end up in a trough not sure yet
I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday! If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, enjoy your garden and plants 


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Jim Stephens says:

    (Note to self; cut down Geranium Nimbus) Propagating is very satisfying isn’t it. When I worked on a nursery people would come looking for work under the illusion that propagating was pretty much what we did all day. I still do a bit, and end with plants I don’t know what to do with.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s great fun, I wish I could do a lot more of it, tempted with a lot more seed sowing but it’s cuttings that are the most enjoyable, seeing that stem you have take spout roots and become a plant on its own, find it so magical

  2. Love the flytrap. Here in North Carolina, we have the privilege of seeing them in the wild in some nature preserves near the coast. They’re native to a small region around Wilmington, NC.

    If you can obtain some sphagnum peat that doesn’t have added fertilizer or wetting agents, the flytrap will grow better in a pot about three times that size. They like root space, and the moisture in a large pot is more stable. Give it a cooling off in winter — a month in the fridge with moist but not soaking soil works great–and you should get flowers.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you, I bet that is amazing, I can remember seeing sundews wild in the new forest for the first time, I would love to see the fly traps growing wild, starting to get into the fly traps have a small feeling I may be growing more next year
      Thank you so much for the advice, will do that, I have a small bale of peat in the garage, would love it too flower, thank you so much, it’s a new area for me the flycatchers

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