I thought I would start today’s Six on Saturday by showing you some of the storm damage the vegetables endured from last week.
- The plants with the largest leaf area were impacted the most. The zucchini looked rather battered, and the heat that followed the storms did not help matters. However, once the tatty leaves were cut back, and days cooled down, the plants started to perk up and it looks as if they have recovered.
2. When the strong winds knocked over the A-frame trellis onto the pots of potato plants, the stems of one (luckily only one) plant were broken by the impact. The rain was followed by a hot day, and the broken stem began rotting. We decided to take aa chance and harvest the pot of potatoes, rather than to lose them to rot.
We tipped out eh contents of the pot into the wheelbarrow and found that although the spuds were small (it is the beginning of the growing season) there was a decent harvest. We replanted the pot with one of the small potatoes and hopefully it will continue growing during the season.
3. Into the front garden now, and the top river bed borders are looking colourful again after the dull winter period. The Gaura are growing and flowering like crazy, and the Dutch iris (Iris holandica) with a very velvety looking deep purple petals are now flowering. There are four plants.
4. The front garden is dotted with small clusters of the miniature Shasta Daisy, Leucanthemum x Superbum, which is flowering and the pops of white along the front of some of the borders in the front garden look great. The fly in the photo was enjoying the flower.
5. A rose I received as a cutting, name unknown, is a vigorous climber and it is bursting forth with gorgeous pink blooms. The number of buds on the plant are amazing. It has a delicate fragrance.
6. My final one for this weeks Six on Saturday shows the start of one of the new projects in the front garden, the building of a pergola. The positions of the four holes have been measured, marked and dug. The clay that was removed has been relocated to the bottom of the garden, and the first hardwood post has been cemented in and left to dry. The next step involves the positioning of the other three posts, and checking height and levels of each post. The support beams will then be added, and then weld-mesh will be attached to the frame. We are debating whether to grow a grape vine over the pergola, or perhaps a wisteria, or even some of the beautiful lightly scented rose featured above in number 5.
I’m looking forward to visiting gardens around the world this weekend to see what others are featuring from their gardens this week. As usual, a special thank you is sent to The Propagator for allowing us to share our weekly Six on Saturdays. To find out more, please visit his blog!