Roses, sweetcorn, clean sheets: Six on Sat, July 30th 2022

This rose is from a bargain bare root plant that I bought at Woolworths a long time and several gardens ago. It’s come with me from place to place, and when it flowers it’s like seeing an old friend.

It’s Saturday, so it’s time to share six things from the garden that caught my eye today.

First up was the bees on the treacleberry. This is leycesteria formosa, aka Himalayan honeysuckle, aka treacleberry. It’s popular with birds as well as bees and buzzing all day long.

Next the pond, which has beautiful clear water thanks to the thoughtful planting and care that my lovely husband has put into into looking after this pond. It’s just over a year old, and while at times the water has been murky it’s now crystal clear and this raised pond is frequently visited by thirsty creatures.

Third is the sweetcorn patch, which is now a few feet high and starting to flower. I’ve not grown corn before, so this is very exciting.

Thing four is the scorched lawn. I won’t share the picture of the crispy vegetables, but one of the smaller veg planters didn’t make it through the heatwave and we need to plant a new batch of chard and spinach. Nor will I share the images of the brambles going wild all over the place.

Thing five and six are ripening fruits. The apples on the tree are turning red, and the blueberries are going blue, which is a satisfying process to observe.

I’ve sneaked in a seventh, of the seats on the deck, with those fabulously unsubtle hanging baskets of petunias, and pink roses which seem just about ready to flop, in front of the washing on the line. It may be strange to like the look of laundry, but I do enjoy seeing the sheets billow in the sunshine.

I should probably get another load on.

See more garden selections at the Propagator’s blog: Six on Saturday.

And have a lovely weekend

J x

7 thoughts on “Roses, sweetcorn, clean sheets: Six on Sat, July 30th 2022

  1. How long have you had the Blueberries? I have just been given some and am pondering between pots and growing them in the ground. I think I have the right soil for it.

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    1. I got it in a 3 Litre pot this spring. It’s in a pot of peat free ericaceous soil – we’ve got mostly clay here so I don’t think it would be happy in the ground.

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  2. Oh my! I noticed the Yucca (again) before the damaged lawn. Your weather has been in the news. I am glad that our gardens do not respond to such warmth like yours does. The weather commonly gets as warm here, although it has done so only a few times this summer.

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      1. Yes, I noticed earlier. Have you seen pictures of Yucca whipplei? I doubt that it would like your climate, and its spines are not exactly ‘garden friendly’, but it is interesting to see in pictures. It is native where I went to school. I ‘may’ grow some here. (Although it is perhaps my favorite of the genus, it is difficult to eradicate once it gets established. Therefore, I must be certain that I ‘really’ want it in a particular location before I install it!) The bloom is spectacular, and disproportionately large for the terrestrial rosettes.

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