Six on Saturday 30/05/2020

Where has May gone? It’s June on Monday and we have been experiencing weather more akin to July and August. I do wonder if this will continue through the summer months or are we getting earlier summers. It hasn’t rained here, on the Hampshire coast, for weeks and the ground is rock hard. Already the daily watering regime is becoming tiresome but necessary.

Six on Saturday is a regular weekly meme run by The Propagator blog where many gardeners from across the world share six photographs of what is in their gardens at this moment. It’s fun to do and anyone can join in with garden pics.

These are my Six on Saturday.

1. Dwarf Broad Beans

I have never grown broad beans before but gave them a go this year. They were destined for my allotment but due to the uncertainties of Covid19, I decided to grow them in pots on my patio. As you can see, the pods are swelling and it looks like there will be a good crop from 6 plants.

2. Salad leaves

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that growing salad leaves in a container at home is new to me, and will do this every year now. Lettuce grown in the allotment is all well and good, but I love the way I can step outside and cut the baby leaves as and when required. They taste so good too!

3. Plug plants – Busy Lizzies

In this lockdown world, many of us are buying plants over the internet. Not naming company names, when making an order with a large well known firm, to make up the minimum order value, I included 24 Busy Lizzie plug plants – always useful for filling in gaps. They arrived eventually after three weeks but give the company some credit, they had only been in transit for 24 hours. I’ve seen plug plants in garden centres and aware they are small but I was not prepared to receive 24 minute seedlings, each in a cell about the size of a tiny thimble (2 were already dead). I quickly potted them on into larger cells but have already lost 6, with another two struggling. What is interesting is the plants at one end of the tray have done better than the other end, which is peculiar.

4. Chocolate Cosmos

This was given to me by my eldest daughter for my birthday last year. A friend warned me they don’t always survive winters, so imagine my delight when I saw green shoots earlier. It is looking very healthy and now has a flower bud, hopefully with many more to come.

5. Pansies

Another re-emergence for 2020. I bought a tray of orange and (almost) black pansies last year and while they didn’t flower through the winter they are looking wonderful again. Most of them are orange but interspersed amongst them are a few of these marvellous multi-coloured ones.

6. Hanging basket

In past years I’ve always carefully colour co-ordinated my hanging basket. This year, I bought (also online) a selection of hanging basket plants in total ignorance of what colour the plants were. I now have a really bright basket of flowers, with a trailing Fuschia, colour yet to be determined, at the back. After trying to achieve stylish and elegant baskets, I’m so pleased with my ’In your Face’ basket.

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  1. I thought of the words of the interior decorator and gardener, Nancy Lancaster when you wrote about the colours in your hanging basket. ‘Well. in time you begin to like anything with anything!’ I grew busy lizzies from seed this year and they keep dying off. I must have only a third of the ones I potted on left. I wonder if they are suffering from fungal problems.


  2. Beautiful hanging basket and this pansy flower!
    I have been growing broad beans for years and they are so easy to grow that I start over every year. Mine are a little ahead of yours but we will eat them, for sure!


  3. For future reference impatiens are very easy to grow from seed. I did it for the first time this year and was pleasantly surprised at the results. I suppose there’s a good reason they’re in every garden centre.


    • I wouldn’t normally grow Busy Lizie, it was just for 24 plug plants I thought they were good value and I needed to make up the minimum order cost. If they are so easy I wonder why they are dying. I replanted them into slightly larger cells, which in hindsight may have been the wrong thing to do. They were tiny seedlings in the smallest cells I ever seen. Some are doing just about ok but others are clearly not going to make it. Any advise would be gratefully appreciated. The only other thing is if I have dodgy compost, I’ve lost 3 trays of Cosmos, all different varieties.

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      • They usually transplant very easily. The only thing I can suggest is they might have been so root bound in the tiny modules that the roots died. I’d ask for a refund or replacement.

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  4. I’m very envious of your broad beans, I love them, perhaps next year I will try them in a pot. Yes I agree, plug plants can be a disappointment, I am sure will a bit of love yours will do well. 🙂


  5. I too like an elegant hanging basket but this year a brightly coloured agglomeration is definitely called for. Hope your broad beans taste good.


  6. Hi Ronnie,
    I hope the watering isn’t getting too much.
    I’m inclined to think we’re having early summers. July and August these days are often quite a letdown.
    It’s very dry here too and I’m having to water my pots near the house a couple of times a day. Thankfully easily done as I’m working from home at the moment.
    Just been working in my mum’s garden this morning and had to give hers a good watering too and she’s close to losing a couple of roses because she hadn’t realised.


    • Watering is hard work. We have 2 hoses but by the time they have been unravelled and connected to each other then taken around the grounds here, then drained and put back into the store cupboard it’s so much easier for several of us and 2 cans each to do the job. No rain on the radar for at least a few more weeks. We need a good few days of steady rain. 🙏🏻


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