Six on Saturday 18/05/19

I’ll get the confession out of the way first – I was at Malvern on Friday, working last Saturday and forgot to post! The penance has been done and I’m writing this on Friday night as I’m working again this weekend (not complaining about being busy but work does cut into the gardening time).

I thought I had the garden fairly well under control but this last couple of weeks has seen it run away from me a bit. Earlier in the year I mulched some of the beds with homemade compost. It obviously didn’t get hot enough in the composting process as there are so many seedlings appearing. They are mostly quite desirable – Cosmos, Nigella, Poppies, Verbena bonariensis but in far too large a quantity. In between the weeding I’ve taken some pictures for a quick Six.

1. The Clematis are doing really well (so far) this year. This is C. Dr Ruppel. I acquired it last year but it sulked through the hot weather and drought and I wasn’t sure if it would reappear. Some of the copious poppy seedlings are making an appearance in this picture.


2. Another casualty of last years weather were the Dutch Iris. I usually treat them as annuals but as they were so spindly (only leaves) they soon got covered over and I forgot about them. I’m glad I did as they’ve staged a reasonable comeback.






3. The spires of Verbascum chaixii are ascending. That’s a Teasel behind them. I keep one each year for the Goldfinches.


4. Last Friday I went to the Spring Show at Malvern accompanied by the Non-Gardener. He likes looking at all of the gadgets and technical stuff. I was a little disappointed with the Show Gardens, apart from Peter Dowle’s. The Floral Marquee was stunning though. I was quite restrained but did fall in love with Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Star’. The ‘flowers’ go through so many colour changes as they age. I’ve put it in a pot of ericacious compost as I’m sure my limey soil will turn it pink


5. This Carex was going to be in last weeks Six and has passed it’s peak but still glows in the border. A very reliable doer. It’s Carex elate ‘Aurea’ and thrives on neglect in the front garden.



6. I was given an outdoor camera and, being a technical numpty, it took quite a while to get to grips with it. I leave it around the garden overnight and have found that as well as very many cats a hedgehog visits every night. I started leaving some dog food out for him (?) as cats aren’t supposed to like it. Ha! Some of them do. So now I leave him a dish of mealworms. Cats definitely don’t like mealworms but the hedgehog loves them. He wanders round in circles, often returning to check the empty dish for two to three hours. The other night I put the camera in a different area and ‘he’ has a friend.

Trail camera

The original hedgehog (on the left in this picture)has a distinctive whitish mark on his back and I think from his behaviour in a couple of the videos that it is a he. Is there anything else I can put down for them to eat that won’t encourage the cats?

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13 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 18/05/19”

  1. I’d love to have hedgehogs visit. I didn’t think I liked verbascums but yours is the second one I’ve seen in an SoS today (the other one featured in Mr P’s) that’s made me think that perhaps I’ve been a bit too hasty to dismiss them.

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  2. Beautiful Verbascum! I didn’t know it could be so elegant and flowery like that.
    Nice Carex ‘Aurea’ too. I have to check mine because they spread a lot and I have to cut flowers soon, otherwise I have everywhere with wind and birds

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  3. Love the hedgehogs. There’s a few hedgehog rescues/promoters in the UK, any on Twitter, who could give you really good advice about what to feed that won’t attract cats. I’ve also seen DIY feeders, like those large plastic storage containers, w/entry ways that are too small for cats – some w/a short maze that the hog can navigate but that a cat cannot. W/hogs on the decline, these agencies are eager to help. Good luck!

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  4. What a lovely Verbascum, I haven’t bothered with growing them because they are tall and my garden is very windy, but yours is a beauty. And oh, how I envy you having not one but two hedgehogs visiting your garden! I have plenty of slugs they could eat if only I could get them to visit.

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  5. Be aware that it is not acidity/absence of calcium that turns Hydrangeas blue but available aluminium. It normally is available in an acid soil but if it isn’t there to start with, which it likely won’t be in a soilless compost, the hydrangeas will flower pink, however acid it is. I think I have a self sown verbascum; it has leaves like yours but no flowers yet. Not at all sure where it’s come from.

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    1. Just when I thought I’d cracked it! That’s not something I’ve heard of before so thanks for the information. I’ll have to do some reading.
      My Verbascums are getting better by the day. I think I included them a week too soon. The story of gardening.


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