Six on Saturday 18/08/18

Hooray! The water butts are all full, the grass is showing signs of recovery (it’s always making room for more plants so there’s not a lot of it) and the plants in the borders are looking much happier. We’ve had significant rainfall in the last week, mostly while away in Falmouth so all is good. Well, if I can have a tiny moan, it’s been rather/very  windy and pots keep blowing over………..

Anyway, time for this week’s Six on Saturday.

1. The only veg that I grow now are tomatoes and peppers in the glasshouse. It’s been a tricky year as it’s been so hot but the peppers have suddenly all come on at once. I grew one grafted bell pepper (to see if it was worth paying the extra), three regular bell peppers and one chilli pepper. There was, sadly, quite a period when the fruit either didn’t set or else fell off when tiny. I’m blaming the heat. I normally grow them at ground level but tried them on the bench this year so that they could have more light! Although there’s net to shade them I think they are too near the roof now.


70C9BDDA-5F80-43C8-8BC1-25A0F34BD2CCB9250786-B2FE-43CF-A9F7-BCE69F11906DI hadn’t noticed the bindweed coming up in the corner until I wrote this! My neighbour cultivates it along with brambles (sorry, blackberries).

2. After being away for a few days there was a lot of deadheading to do. The rain has brought all of the SnS out from their hidey holes but I didn’t think they were responsible for this damage to a fuchsia in a pot.

C6A4F8A2-D7D7-4195-BD28-EA8FFF013929There was indeed a slug in there but then I found these monsters

56FC1F4E-8E37-4255-9139-779E0C2CC83EElephant Hawk Moth caterpillars. I’ve never noticed them in the garden before and have never seen the moth. They’ve been re-homed in another part of the garden.

3. Whilst on the subject of monsters, this Dahlia has been left in the ground for the last two winters. It’s one of three that I grow in a small border for cutting. They grow to about a metre and a bit tall. Two of the three have struggled this year but this one is a good two metres tall with stems like bamboo canes! You can have too much of a good thing sometimes.

3C361E85-254F-4083-A3FD-B4860FEAE46D.jpeg4. The hanging baskets (all two of them) have survived the heat due, I think, to the automatic drip watering system. They’ve had the occasional top-up water when I’ve fed them but, overall, they’ve had far less water than I’d normally give them, half of which usually runs out of the bottom of the basket.

641D03CF-9C6F-4FCD-B87B-D44D05D1190F5. Behind this sleeper is a tiny border with a rather large Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ on my boundary with next door and a Lamprocapnos (Dicentra) spectabile. The front of the bed has snowdrops in the spring and then this Hakonechloa macra ‘Variegata’ grows through as the snowdrops die back. There’s a bit more not in the picture and it’s taken a few years of dividing and replanting of the original plant.

79A6DA33-8667-4DDE-8583-05CD284BF61A6. Is it me or are the Cyclamen through earlier this year? It’s taken years of lifting and moving seedlings around but  I have them in several areas of the garden now. They seed easily in my gravel paths. I love seeing them emerge from a patch of seemingly bare earth but they also, sadly, mark the end of summer to me.

4A440C1D-0E8F-45FD-A84C-D7FF934930DFTalk of the end of summer is a bit of a sad note to end on, sorry, so cheer yourself up by visiting other Sixers gardens courtesy of our host at


15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 18/08/18”

  1. I’ve never seen an Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar before – they really do look peculiar! I hope you get to spot the moth eventually though 🙂
    I might have to inspect the plants I was blaming slugs & snails for munching, and see if I have any unusual caterpillars lurking


  2. Oh, my, those are scary looking caterpillars! I found a lot of damage on a Coleus plant and though that it surely can’t be just slugs doing this. Then I noticed the distinct signs of caterpillar poo and yes, there was a bright green one which was brilliantly camouflaged! No idea what he is/was, but I removed it to the compost heap. Let’s hope it likes nettles! Your peppers look amazing. I shall have a go at growing some next year when hopefully my conservatory has its new roof!

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  3. Willowherb is Elephant Hawk Moth’s natural food, which is in the same family as Fuchsia. You didn’t say whether the grafted pepper was worth the money, they look good, might have to try them next year. My Cyclamen are up too, and not lasting long because it’s still pretty warm and dry. The Dahlia is impressive? awesome? scary? Is the mesh in your glasshouse roof to keep out beasties or for shade?

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    1. I think one grafted pepper is worth it for an earlier start to the picking season. I did the same with the tomatoes, it’s mostly me that eats them so I only have four plants. The fruit are quite large and started to ripen a couple of weeks earlier. The net is shading. I’ve a split door so leave top open to let beasties in. Sadly didn’t get to Tremenheere this time as planned to go Monday on way home. Checked opening time in the morning and it’s shut Mondays . Next time!


      1. Wow … fortunately I don’t have them in my garden (until now …). I reread your Six and I did not notice the beauty of the hanging basket and peppers, so beautiful both … I was out without WIFI. I have enlarged them and I have to see them with another look!

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  4. I love the marigolds in the pepper pots. I’ve never seen pepper plants w/the bottom leaves trimmed – does it help w/growth or were you ridding the plants of something? You’ve got such lovely colours in your garden, no wonder you attract whopper catepillars. Am wondering, since since Jim says they like willow herb & a few of us have had them this year (not me), if the dry summer’s sent them to us? I’m going to look for them on my dog walk. Just love that photo of the variegated grass on the sleeper. Wonderful.

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    1. I remove the bottom leaves from the peppers as they start to look tatty. I also remove older, larger leaves if they’re in the way of ripening. So far, touch wood, the pests have stayed out of the glasshouse. Think it’s been too hot for them! I’ve never had so much blackfly in the garden before and hardly any ladybirds sadly

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