It’s now time for Friday Group’s summer break at Garden House. Some colleagues will be leaving, some remaining. Sad to be at the end of another gardening year here, but just think what has grown in this fertile environment over the last twelve months. Friendship, fun, knowledge, horticultural passion, seeds, flowers, fruit, veg., the compost heap, the pile of cake recipes…. the list goes on.
But, end of year celebrations can’t go ahead until we’ve done our end of year test. Heck.
So, our Plant Ident. was to:
Oh, it’s on the tip of my tongue…
Hang on, I’ve got this…
Surely, that’s the hot stuff marigold?
I know, I know! It’s a rose.
What do you mean, “What sort?”
Only a tenuous idea about this one
For some reason, I’m thinking Nigella Lawson?
It’s silver-leaved. It’s soft and downy.
It’s no good.
Its name escapes me.
Bingo! Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’
Answers? Here they are: 1. Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ 2. Verbena bonariensis 3. Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ 4. Salvia ‘Amistad’ 5. Tagetes ‘Burning Embers’ 6. Rosa ‘Warm Welcome’ 7. Stipa tenuissima 8. Nigella papillosa ‘African Bride’ 9. Plectranthus argentatus 10. Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’
Points mean prizes… 10 out of 10 anyone? No?
Moving swiftly on then –
Jobs for the week:
No rest for the wicked, so we crack on with a few things which need attention before enjoying our shared lunch together.
Sift, sort and turn that compost heap.
Tools for the job.
The engine room of the garden.
Work in the cutting garden
Tie in new growth on the espalier apples
Prick out the wallflower seedlings
They need pricking out now, before they become too etiolated
Look it up
Weeding, watering, dead-heading in the sunken garden
Prettification. It’s a word.
Check all the summer planting in pots
Check. Check. Check.
Remove self-seeded red orache from the dahlia bed.
She’s in there somewhere
It’s OK. Rescue is on the way…
Sort through cold frame; clean, weed and water
1. Find the cold frame
2. Here it is
3. Sort it, clean it, weed it, water it
Take a selection of cuttings for all to take home
We’ll need quite a few
A few more, maybe?
Hey presto! Plenty of cuttings to go round
Take a moment to appreciate the zen-like calm of the newly restored greenhouse
And breathe…. and relax……
Tailor-made for precious pelargoniums
Down tools, everyone! Time for lunch.
Someone’s brought a small bowl for hers….
Just pop mine in there, please. So kind.
Meanwhile, some have been busy with preparations
Revealing a range of delicious delicacies
Anything for afters?
Well, yes. A morsel or two
So, so good
And summer pudding too?
But of course!
Then some fond farewells, followed by a Grande Finale
Keyboard at the ready…
I give you….
‘The Wild Gardener’
That’s the Wild Gardener singing
Of course, we all joined in with a rousing chorus
So, did it all go well?
Frankly, my dear, it was outstanding
Until September then –
‘May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.’