This week’s Six on Saturday will be brief. Photos are limited as balancing on crutches and standing on one leg is not conducive for taking the best shots. My OH gives me a daily update re what’s happening in the areas of garden I can’t access at the moment. Apparently, he’s been busy weeding!
1. Red Cabbage
The Seedling plugs I planted on the 19th November are making steady progress. So far I’ve had them covered with crates to stop the birds eating the dreaded blue pellets or the dead slugs and snails. One thing’s for sure Portuguese snails are fussy and they won’t touch Superoc as I’d previously mentioned. A gardener friend has provided an alternative solution.
2. Sowing some seeds
Sensing my frustration, the OH set up a workbench on the patio table so I could at least plant up some seeds.
I have now started pots of basil, chives, rocket, early flowering petunias (festival assortment) and some flowers (Iberis Nana in Miscuglio) You may recognise from the photo.
The project also highlighted the fact I am desperate for some new mini-cloches (hint hint). OH bought them for me about 12 years ago for Christmas and the plastic has deteriorated in the sun. Even though I like to make-do and mend, the Gaffa tape is struggling to keep these together.
This will be their last season.
My rhubarb (Timperley Early is peeping through. This is its second season so fingers crossed I will at least crop enough for a small rhubarb crumble.
The recycled Freesia bulbs from last year planted on the 13th October are now in bud.
I have a love hate relationship with Gazanias. They bloom from December right the way through but come the hot weather their foliage resembles bird nests and make the garden bed look untidy. Every year I resolve to dig them up but then my resolve weakens as I remember their wonderful colours during the winter months. They are meant to be drought tolerant but I seriously doubt that claim.
6. Views of my garden
On Monday we went to the local monthly market to buy red onion plugs, mixed lettuce and to see what else was on offer. You can imagine our surprise to find there was no market. We later discovered it had moved.
I leave you with some shots of my garden instead.
And finally another cacti in flower.
That’s it for this week.
Better late than never!