Six on Saturday – 9th July 2022

Saturday again already and it’s a scorcher. The Under-Gardener and I have had to retreat to the shade, we’ll make use of the light evenings and garden later into the evening instead, so I’m sitting with a cold drink and compiling my SoS. Pop over to The Propagator’s page to have a look at what he and all the other SoSers are doing this weekend. Have a great weekend everyone!

Spoilt for choice as to what to share this week, the hot weather is bringing the high summer plants along at last. New things are opening up daily and there are some nice flashes of colour. As usual, there are plenty of things I’d like to improve, but on the whole I’m pretty happy with how things are looking. It will always be a work in progress.

One of my new dahlias, and isn’t she pretty? I think this one is Waltzing Matilda but I couldn’t swear to it as I failed to keep the plants labelled when I planted them out.
Helenium ‘Moorheim Beauty’. I had two heleniums, one has disappeared completely and I feared the molluscs had seen this one off too, but here it is and very nice it is too. I’d love it to bulk up. I must investigate how to propagate. I bought this one as a 9cm plant, repeated attempts to grow from seed having been unmitigated failures.
Must remember to actually harvest the food that is grown. Every day there are several things from the garden included in dinner at the moment, often less than an hour from soil to plate. Here we have peas, lettuce, calabrese and those boysenberries from last week, harvested under-ripe to beat the blackbirds. I’ll ripen them up in a brown paper bag with a banana. I couldn’t be bothered to go and get a box for them so I collected them in my hat. When I put it back on, I will probably look like Stephen King’s Carrie.
I strive for a cacophony of colour, if there can be such a thing. Still some way to go, but getting there. Today’s high bright sunshine helps.
No idea what this one is called but it’s doing better than ever, currently confined in a pot, whereas before it was struggling out in the border. I haven’t really liked its dirty yellow blooms very much but now it’s not jostling for light and food, it has a chance to show its form to best advantage, and I’m somewhat more kindly disposed to it now.
More unsubtle colour combos from me: I love the orange lilies with the pinky/purple verbena, but I wish the lilies would grow taller – the verbena (not sure which cultivar) is always a little bit too tall. These lilies were taller when first grown but now get shorter every year, presumably this pot does not offer them what they really require, or else they don’t enjoy the combination of my rather eclectic lasagne planting in here. I might lift them out and try them elsewhere once they’ve finished flowering.

Published by Notes from the Under-Gardener

Keen amateur gardener, tending a large home garden growing flowers, fruit and veg, ably supported by husband and dog.

8 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 9th July 2022

  1. I love the cacophony of colour in your garden! I don’t grow Dahlias so love seeing everyone else’s on the blogs. I tried a couple of years ago, but the S&S got most of them and the earwigs the rest 😫 Like you I thought I’d lost my Heleniums this year (I grew two new plants last) as the S&S got them in the spring, but I noticed Helenium ‘Moorheim Beauty’ has made a comeback, sadly no sign of ‘Short and Sasssy’

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    1. My new policy is to lift at least a little of each variety of my dahlias (If not every plant) now to overwinter them, and then bring them on in pots in the greenhouse and only plant them out in the border when they’re big enough to fend for themselves. It’s a faff, but with that and large amounts of grit I can just about win against the S&S! I think they’ve beaten me on the one helenium, though, so I might lift a bit of the remaining one for this winter as insurance. I do the same with salvias – I lift at least one of each variety so that if I lose the ones out in the border, I have something from which to propagate more. It paid dividends this year actually as I was also able to force some dahlias and make additional plants from cuttings, and the salvias have bulked up much more quickly for that bit of shelter… it is an awful lot of fannying about, though! 😂

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      1. The greenhouse is a boon but does mean I create lots more work for myself – I know what you mean about mollycoddling. The salvias, like the dahlias, can’t cope when it’s both cold and wet… both of which are usually a given here in Wales in Winter! I imagine it’s similar with you, but perhaps winter is a little milder?


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