Six on Saturday – W16/2021 – Take me to your leader …. and other aliens!

It has been an exceptionally busy week at work, with little time spent in the garden. This weekend has been earmarked for catching up on chores, especially weeding! The weed are rampant, and I need to start preparing the garden so that I can put in some seedlings to give us colour during the drab winter months. There is lots of work to be done! But first, let’s post the Six for this week, and then pop over to The Propagator to see what he has to offer this week. View the comments section of his blog to find out what is happening in other gardens worldwide.

I was running late with my Six this week, so late on Saturday afternoon I grabbed my camera and wandered outside to see what inspiration I could find! As I walked past the new arbour I heard a whirring noise and looked up straight into a pair of beady eyes, looking directly at me.


Female butcher bird

Moving on a little further I noticed a really unusual and alien-looking flower!

Passion fruit flower. If you look closely you will notice an ant foraging at the base of the flower

Looking to my left I then noticed that the plants in the border under the tree fern were covered in alien dust! The once green leaf had taken on a brown tinge, thanks to all the spore that had fallen from the tree fern!

A final ‘alien’ picture for this week, this time of an unusual fungus that grows on the garden mulch. The intense rainy period we had recently has brought out some amazing fungi! This is a stinkhorn.

And now for a complete change, let us have a look at some of the work I have lined up for this weekend. Firstly, I have lots of seedlings to plant out into the borders and into pots and hanging baskets: calendulas, petunias, violas, lobelia, dianthus and alyssum.

And finally, I made a start on weeding one of the borders. From a tangled mix of grasses, sedges, and other weeds ……

To a cleared section free from weeds.

That’s all from me for this week. Wishing you all a happy gardening week!


  1. The passionflower is extremely photogenic. I think there is something quite rewarding in planting on seedlings, watching them grow and then enjoying the fruits of your labour visually or gastronomically

    • The passion fruit flower is really unusual isn’t it? They also have a delicate perfume, which is a bonus. I get really excited if I can get the seedlings to germinate, and if they continue to grow then I’m amazed! I prefer propagating cutting, and have only recently started sowing seeds. With increasing success, I find I am now buying more seed! It’s really great to follow through a plant from seed to maturity.

  2. We get stinkhorn mushrooms in our garden too, but a very different beast from yours. I wonder if they smell the same. Phallus impudicus is our species, so you can imagine what it looks like. Is your tree fern the one that grows in the forest at Mt Mee?

    • I looked up the P. Impudicus, and see what you mean. Yes, they are very different indeed! Although our stinkhorns attract flies, I must say that I haven’t noticed a smell coming from them. Jane mentioned that they are poisonous and they are definitely the right colours (red & black in nature are usually warning colours). I think the tree ferns are Cyathea, and I think that they are the genus growing in Mt Mee. I am not really sure though, so am open to correction. Mt Mee is on my ‘to explore’ list (an ever growing list!)

  3. I enjoyed your aliens – the stinkhorn is spectacular. I have seen another variety here, they really do look very alien and out of place somehow.

      • I also find fungi fascinating and it is amazing. We leave lots of decaying woody stuff around and the fungi that we find is incredible and beautiful too. (I intend posting about some of that soon 🙂)

        • Oh good! I look forward to your post! I have also started leaving wood around. Earlier this year the local Men’s Shed had to remove a couple of old trees, and they offered the wood from the trees to members. Mr S went and brought a few pieces home, and I have a couple in the front garden. I’ve noticed that ants and little lizards/skinks love them. Hopefully some interesting fungi will grow on the stumps given time.

  4. Goodness, you do have some interesting aliens! The stinkhorn is very odd. Your winter choices are very similar to our summer flowers! As for the weeds…

    • 😊 I certainly let them get away, didn’t I. Luckily the days are cooler, so I’m making the most of the cooler weather to overhaul the flower beds while I can!

  5. The passion fruit flower is a stunner, great photo of it, and the stinkhorn is astonishing. Doesn’t sound like it will be a drab winter at all with all those colourful annuals you’re planting.

  6. The stinkhorn is very strange indeed. I didn’t know about it, but a quick google tells me it’s quite poisonous.
    Well done on the seedlings. My efforts have been quite disastrous. I have Helenium seeds for you if you want to send your address to me.

    • The stinkhorn is very unusual, and that is what is so fascinating about them. Are you going to put in some seeds for spring flowers? I have also bought quite a few punnets of seedlings this month, and some bulbs – I could not resist the ‘flower fest’ bargains from Garden Express! I would love some of your Helenium seeds, and if you would like some of the variety I have then I’m happy to send you some seeds too. My address is Box 406, Mapleton Q 4560. Thank you very much!

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