🌼#SixOnSaturday December 3rd In My English Cottage Garden. #GardeningTwitter #GardeningLife

Cooling temperatures and foggy days end my week as we step into December. It is harder to find six items of interest, but I am amazed with what I found for you. My garden makes me smile!

In other news, I’ve been joining in with #AWeekInFlowers blogging meme from Cathy of Words And Herbs. Each day up to and including December 6th we are posting one or two photos of flowers from our year of gardening to brighten the blogosphere. There are still a few days left if you want to join in.

December 3rd

First photo goes to my cheery garden helper who is always ready with a song while I work in the garden.

Robin

Second photo is of the first Primula spotted flowering this season. Although It looks like I’m not the first to spot it. The petals have had a dinner date with the some of my garden creatures.Or maybe leaf cutter bees? I’m not too sure.

Primula

Third photo goes to this spider’s web on the ceanothus which showed up in the fog with water droplets hanging in it.

Spider’s web on the ceanothus

Fourth photo is of some of the red berries from the Lily Of The Valley plants. I must keep my eye on them as they are quietly spreading each year in their patch.

Lily Of The Valley Berries

Fifth photo goes to the pretty leaves of the Blueberry seedlings that I am growing. Now to keep them alive over winter and thriving next year.

Blueberry leaves

Lastly this Calendula is brightening up the patio pots with a single flower. Long may it last!

Calendula

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening

Rosie

December 3rd

🌺Last Weekend In November. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Flowers #Plants

Well that’s another month almost finished. The year seems to be racing to the end. This week I’m bringing you photos from my indoor flowers and just a couple from the garden.

November 26th

First picture is of this Begonia flower. This is an offshoot of a rescue plant from last year. Neither plant has really impressed me, the stems and leaves break off easily and they are often miffy about my watering. However, this one is now producing some lovely flowers.

Begonia

Photo two is of one of the purple African Violets (I have pink ones too) The thick leaves got some sunburn during the drought, but they are recovering now.

African Violet

The third photo is of something slow growing and fun. Lithops or Living Stone plants grown from seed. I had six seeds in the pack. Five germinated, I lost two, but these three now look a little more lively. I have included a photo of the seed packet for you to get a better idea of what they might grow into.

Lithops – Living Stone

Fourth photo is of the changing colours of the garden Beech hedge.

Beech Hedge

Fifth photo is of the buds on the Camelia which are forming.

Camelia

Lastly some of my baby Poinsettia are now ready to produce their red flowers. The leaves have turned red quicker than previous years. I’m hoping to get a Poinsettia with different coloured leaves to experiment with next.

Poinsettia Flower

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening

Rosie

November 26th

Here’s the link to Jim’s post for this week where you can see others who is taking part.

🍃Late Autumn And Early Winter Flowers For This Week’s #SixOnSaturday Post. #GardeningTwitter #Flowers

Another week goes by and still the garden surprises me with flowers to raise a smile.

November 19th.

We are crossing over from late Autumn to early Winter. The leaves are covering the lawn and need raking, but it is a thankless job. Some leaves I’m saving for compost, but I don’t want all the Sycamore and Ivy seeds and berries, so some of the leaf piles are going into the green recycling.

Winter Jasmine

First photo goes to the Winter Jasmine. I hope that the neighbour’s building work doesn’t destroy the plant’s root system near the shared fence-line.

Cosmos

Second photo goes to my last Cosmos, it looks much healthier than others that I’ve shown you. Perhaps it won’t be the last!

Stocks

The third photo is of some Stock seedlings which are over-wintering in the greenhouse. The seeds came on the front of a gardening magazine and I have sown some during the Autumn and I will sow the rest in Spring.

Fuchsia

My fourth photo is of the Fuchsia which is still flowering and brightening up the boarder.

Sweetpea

My fifth photo goes to the very last Sweetpea flower. The plant has been blown over in recent winds, but the flower has valiantly carried on.

Bees in the Mahonia

My final photo is to the Mahonia which is putting on a great show and is attracting the bees that are still around.

November 19th.

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening

Rosie

Jim’s post with all the links for the meme is an inspiration of colour and a must-read. Do pop over. Here’s the link.

🌼Garden Pottering This November #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Flowers

Wind and rain have played havoc with my washing schedules this week, but in the garden, flowers are blooming even if it is just here and there. I’ve also been joining in with the #AlphabettyBlooms hashtag on Twitter. Do look it up for pictures of lots of lovely flowers.

November 12th

First photo goes to the bright and cheery Hawthorne berries. While preparing this post, I looked back at my photos of the froth of white flowers that this plant produced many months ago.

Hawthorne

Second photo is of the Rock Roses. This white one has performed for months, where its pink cousin has been sporadic this year.

Rock Rose

Third photo is of an everlasting Geranium that I found sheltering under a bush.

Everlasting Geranium

Forth photo goes to the tiny pink clumps of flowers on the Spiraea which have come back after dead-heading the main flush. Sorry about the quality of the photo, but the wind decided to play with the bush as I took my pictures.

Spiraea

Next is a Scabious (can you see the ant on the flower head?) I’m not sure where this one came from, it may have been one of the wild seeds.

Scabious

Lastly are the first blue flowers on the Ceanothus, It feels quite early as I was also talking about it last January in a post.

Ceanothus

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening

Rosie

Here’s a link to Jim’s post for this week with all the comments containing links to everyone else’s SoS posts.

🌺A Visit To Longstock Water Gardens in Hampshire For This Week’s #SixOnSaturday Post. #GardensToVisit #GardeningTwitter

Last Saturday I went on the long awaited trip to Longstock Water Gardens. These are situated on the River Test near Stockbridge and are the creation of retailer John Spedan Lewis of John Lewis and Waitrose fame. Keen to create the gardens he had a phone line put in to the thatched summer house so that he could still be on hand to run his empire while creating his gardens. There is a good article from Dan Copper about the gardens here (Opening times and prices are now different, as Dan visited in June 2013) See here for current rates and opening hours.

November 5th

Due to personal circumstances we visited on the last open weekend of the season and I would say that many of the floral displays were finished. A visit in Spring or Summer would be my suggestion.

Water Gardens

Lewis diverted the river and created islands within the gardens which can be reached by small bridges. There were dahlias and lilies, verbena and more still in flower. I’m afraid that some of the plants I didn’t know the names of and couldn’t find the relevant name tags.

I don’t know what these were, the label that I photographed beside them turned out to be for a yellow variety of tick weed, which wasn’t flowering at this time of the year. (Alison has identified these as Liriope muscari)

A pretty palm or banana with dahlias growing underneath. (Jim says this is an Ensete maurelii or Ethiopian false banana)

Cyclamen

There were plenty of cyclamen around the gardens.

Not sure what these were, but there were also some creamy ones.(And Jim knows what this one is too – an Astrantia)

Bamboo

A short drive or walk from the gardens is Longstock Park Nursery set in a walled garden, with tea rooms and a small farm shop, all worth a visit. Another good article about the gardens can be found here on The Garden Visitor Website.

November 5th

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening

Rosie

Link to Jim’s post for this week is here https://gardenruminations.co.uk/2022/11/05/six-on-saturday-5-11-2022/

🍃The Last Saturday Of Gardening In October. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #AutumnGarden

It’s the last Saturday in October. We change our clocks tonight too, so we will get a little longer daylight in the mornings for just a short time. Plus, I shall have an extra hour in bed tomorrow morning!🛏

October 29th

What is flowering inside and out in my house and garden this week?

Busy Lizzie Cuttings

I was disappointed with the Busy Lizzies this year, they didn’t enjoy the heat, some bolted, some died; it wasn’t their best show. So I took some cuttings a few weeks ago which I hope to keep going as stock for next summer’s pots. These have taken off and are showing me what they could have been like in a moderate English summer.

Poinsettia Update

Here is an update on my Poinsettias which I showed you a few weeks ago as they began their 12/12 dark and light training to turn the leaves red. This is the progress after about 6 weeks.

Sharp Leaved Mahonia

Third photo is of my spiky leaved Mahonia which is now coming into flower.

Christmas Flowering Cactus

Next photo shows my Christmas Flowering Cactus which looks ready to flower even though we have about 7 weeks until the festive weekend.

Japanese Anemone

The fifth photo is from the Japanese Anemone which I recently bought. It is just going over, but hopefully by next year it will have settled in.

Shasta Daisy

Final photo is of a yellow Shasta Daisy, also a recent purchase.

I’m hoping to get to the Longstock water gardens for a belated visit this afternoon. If I’m lucky I might get a few useful photos for next week’s post.

October 29th

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening

Rosie

🍃Nature’s Wonders. Second Chance Flowers For #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardeningLife

Sunshine and showers, foggy mornings, warm days and winds. We’ve been having a real mix of weather this week. Out in the garden plants are still flowering, with some putting in a second showing.

October 22nd

First photo goes to this lovely Laurentia which I proudly managed to photo in focus, this has powered through all summer. It is only a half hardy annual, which I would definitely grow again.

Laurentia

My second photo is a lovely ‘smiley’ Cosmos. Smiley because they make me smile rather than any particular variety.

Cosmos

My third photo is of a little cornflower which is still flowering. I do love this blue.

Cornflower

The soft leaved Mahona has more flowers now and the bumblebees are feeding from them.

Mahona

Fifth photo is of the Hypericum Hidcote (St. John’s Wort) – well I think that’s what it is, it’s one of our inherited plants again, which I don’t know the name of. It had put on a great show until the drought got it and all the flowers seemed to drop overnight. But now it is flowering once more which is lovely to see.

Hypericum Hidcote

Finally, Cupressus ‘Goldcrest Wilma’ a new plant for me and one I was able to choose to review, although how you can review a live plant quickly, I don’t know😉 I said it was a little damaged by delivery, but that it was perking up and would make a good house plant.

Cupressus

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening

Rosie

October 22nd

🌻Celebrating #GrowYourOwnProduce For This Week’s #SixOnSaturday Post. #GardeningTwitter #GardeningLife

This week I’ve been busy baking, making and harvesting some of the last items from my garden. Let’s see what I’ve been doing.

October 15th

First photo is of my ginger plant. Waaaay back at the start of the year, Fred showed us a photo of his ginger plant which inspired me to try growing one too. I planted a ginger root which I bought at the garden centre in early February. It took a loooong time to do anything, but many weeks later a shoot appeared. I’ve kept the plant in my conservatory all summer and it has grown many more shoots.

Ginger Plant

So last weekend, I had a peak at the roots to see what was happening. I gently broke off three roots. They are quite fun – I think that the middle one looks like a triceratops! There may even be a baby unicorn in the far right root.

Ginger Roots

I had a plan to make chrysrallised ginger. Ginger has lots of good medical attributes. I used a recipe from Georgina at From The Larder. Although I only had around 200g of root, I adapted the recipe and the quantity worked for me. I have left the rest of the plant to continue to grow, but I would definitely make this again.

Chrystallised Ginger

Next I moved on to the sunflowers that I have been cutting down. I was saving the seed heads, some for seeds for next year and some for the birds. As I have a lot of sunflower heads it occurred to me that I could also eat the sunflower seeds. I believe that all varieties of sunflowers have edible seeds and they make healthy snacks. So I roasted a batch along with some pumpkin seeds that came in the fresh pumpkin in last week’s Oddbox delivery. (Does anyone else use Oddbox? I have subscribed for a year now, we get a medium box every two weeks and I am always impressed with the range and quality of the produce).

Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds

My fifth photo is of another project. I am using my lavender flowers and seeds to make lavender bags. We have carpet and clothes moths in the house and I recently learnt that they avoid lavender.

Lavender Bags

My final photo goes to the last of the tomatoes from the greenhouse. The plants were going mouldy and were covered in whitefly, so I have brought them in to ripen on the windowsill.

Last of the tomatoes

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening

Rosie

Jon’s last post as meme host is here. He is now handing over to Jim from next week, follow Jim’s blog, Garden Ruminations, here.

🍂What’s Flowering In My Garden For This Week’s #SixOnSaturday Post? #GardeningLife #GardeningTwitter

I had great plans to bring you photos of a trip to Longstock Park Water Gardens in Hampshire, however, Covid has circled back to my household and the friend I was going with agreed it was best to postpone our trip. So I have had to scramble around my garden in search of six items for this week’s post instead.

October 8th

First photo is of a lone Linum (Bright Eyes) flower. This is from a packet of seed that I bought very late in the season. I sprinkled a few seeds out in the flower bed to see if they would still germinate. The rest I will sow next Spring.

Linum

Second photo is of a mystery flower. This plant has been growing all summer, it is just over a foot tall, has multiple heads (and some mildew!) The foliage is dark green with small slender leaves. The one flower that has just opened is small, no more than 2cm in diameter and has propped itself on the Cordyline. The only plant which I have found which might be similar is Sneezewort, but I would welcome your thoughts.

Mystery Flower

My third photo is of my Squashes, they are slowly growing although one has disappeared and may have been eaten by the visiting badger.

Squashes

I am going to try growing garlic over the winter. I couldn’t find any at the garden centre, so I am using one from the supermarket. Not ideal, but I shall give them a go. I am starting them off in a tray in the cold frame.

Garlic

Fifth photo is of some of the Morning Glory, the drought has kept them from taking over the garden, but they are still putting on a last show.

Morning Glory

Finally, I found that the harebells were still flowering behind the bushy Kolkwitzia.

Harebells

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening

Rosie

Linky to the Prop’s post is here.

🍂Here Comes October In My English Garden. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Autumn

A storm blew in on Friday afternoon, so I took my pictures in advance of the rainy squall. We will have to wait to see what will be left standing after the wind. My tall sunflower has already lost a few branches.

Saturday October 1st

So let’s jump right in with what was flowering on Friday morning.

My pot of Gazania have flowered on and off for most of the summer which has pleased me. I have once again collected the fluffy seed from them. Last Spring I had a zero germination rate from the previous year’s seed. So when I collected the seed a few weeks ago, I planted a late summer test tray. I have one seedling which I now need to keep alive all through winter.

Gazania

The yellow rose near my front door has done well, it only gets early morning sun, so it has been in the shade during the drought which has kept it from dying back. I have tried soft wood cuttings, but I’m not convinced they are alive. I shall wait a bit longer before a final decision. It is a lovely rose, less thorny than other varieties.

Yellow Rose

The Salvia are coming back for a second flowering now that the temperatures have cooled and we’ve had a few showers of rain. These ones are a hot pink colour, so much so that they haven’t photographed well.

Salvia

I have two Mahonia in my garden, this one is the soft leaved variety and flowers earlier than my spiky leaved one.

Soft leaved Mahonia

Fifth photo goes to a single Cosmos from left over seeds that I scattered over the ground. That reminds me, I don’t think I’ve gathered any seeds from them for next year. I shall check my envelopes of seeds to make sure.

Cosmos

My final photo goes to the pot of Sweet Alyssum (Lobolaria) which had an early showing, then died back in the drought, but it is now enjoying a second wind. I have other plants of this variety which came in wild seed packs and their honey scent is scattered throughout the garden.

Sweet Alyssum

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening

Rosie