Garden blogging, Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday – 21 July 2018

My first Six on Saturday is Roselily ‘corolla’ which after a very long wait just looking at buds, eventually flowered in a spectacular fashion this week!

As promised here are the photos – aren’t they beautiful!

They are so different to other lilies, for a start they are pollen free so won’t stain anything that touches them. Also they have a very delicate light fragrance, which will please those who love lilies but dislike their heady perfume.

My second is pumpkins!

At first I though someone or something had thrown an apple into my pumpkin patch until I looked closer and found baby pumpkins. I’ve never grown them before and it’s only a little thing but I felt really quite excited.

Third are my Sunflowers.

I have always had this idea allotments should have sunflowers and am surprised there are very few to be seen on our allotment site. I raised a number of plants from seed, some are in my daughter’s garden and I planted the rest on my plot. Much to my annoyance, and ignorance I suppose, they were cut off at the pass by snails, leaving me only 2 to rescue. They are now enormous, standing proud for everyone to see, so it’s sunflowers 1: snails 0. Today, this little bee was feeding away, totally oblivious of me taking photos of him.

Fourth is Scarecrow and sweetcorn.

Along with sunflowers, I have this idealistic view that scarecrows are part and parcel of allotment life – again they are far a few to be seen. I know they don’t scare anything but they are a bit of fun. I made mine out of a pillow, and when I asked my granddaughter to name her she said “GRANNIE”!!! 🤣🤣🤣

What started as eight tiny sweetcorn plants are starting to reach for the sky, nowhere near as tall as some on other plots but they will get there. They appear to be the one vegetable thriving in this unusually hot, dry, summer.

My fifth Six on Saturday is Poppy (Pom Pom Shaggy somniferum)

This is one of only three wonderful shaggy poppy flowers that were successful and have more than made up for only being three. I sowed a whole packet of seeds direct into the raised bed I dedicated to flowers hoping for a big display. However I will collect the seeds with better luck next year.

Last but not least is blackberries.

At the back of the plot is a resplendent thornless blackberry growing along a very rickety fence. I have read that even the best flavoured thornless blackberries don’t quite have that aromatic sweetness associated with the true wild blackberry, but I bet they still taste good. There are so many of them I will be making lots of jam very soon.

So that’s my Six on Saturday. Please pay a visit to The Propagator Blog and take a look at the many contributions to this weekly weekly meme.

11 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 21 July 2018”

  1. Lovely 6!
    My sunflowers seedlings were all eaten this year! Not one survived…oh well. Glad to see your 2 are monsters and I love your scarecrow…..😍
    I tried sweet corn last year but, due to all the wet weather, they didn’t thrive. This year my cucumbers seem to be fruiting abundantly and although I have lost a few peppers, the chillies are loving this weather.
    Love that poppy and rose lily. X

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  2. The rose lily is certainly spectacular, as is the white poppy. If a plant doesn’t have pollen, does that mean it’s sterile?

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  3. Looking good. I have never heard of a Roselily. I’m not sure I like the idea of growing flowers without pollen. Where will that leave the bees and other pollinators? But they do look pretty.

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      1. But if all breeders started breeding flowers so as not to upset the staining of the pollen on ones furniture or those with allergies then the world would end. A sobering thought.

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        1. A very valid point. On looking into this further there appear to be lots of pollen free lilies available. I wonder if they have been breed solely in order to continue the love of having lilies indoors matched against the issue of staining, which doesn’t happen with other flowers. Also just read an article about GE plants being sterile to prevent cross contamination. Now thinking it’s all a bit too scientific. What was once beautiful is now a bit scary!! This could open up a whole new debate.

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