Six on Saturday 05/06/21

With the sunshine comes the weeds and I spent an afternoon tackling the ones in the front garden. As the saying goes, a weed is just a plant in the wrong place and I could really relate to that as I pulled out, among other things, Verbena bonariensis, Calendula, Nigella and miscellaneous poppies. There were some weed weeds as well but it’s funny to think that I spent several years trying to get the Verbena to spread around and now I compost soooooo much of it.
Enough of weeds, it’s time for six things from my garden.

  • Sorbus ‘Autumn Spire’ is still quite a young tree and hasn’t flowered much in previous years but is having a good go this year. The bees are really enjoying themselves.

As well as the bees the Rose Cockchafers have arrived. On Gardeners Question Time the other week someone was asking if they were harmful to the plants. The answer was that some damaged flowers was a small price to pay for having a few of these beautiful beetles in the garden.

However, things can get out of balance! I found these, and many, many more, grubs in the compost bin last spring. The pot is 8” in diameter! You can have too much of a good thing.

  • I’ve started putting some of the succulents on the new ladder and this weeks favourite is Sedum furfuraceum.
  • The herbaceous plants are really enjoying the warmer weather. I moved this Astrantia to its new location last spring and it sat and sulked through the hot, dry summer (despite me watering it) but was, presumably putting all its efforts into root growth. The bright conditions don’t do it photographic justice, or maybe it’s just the ‘photographer’ that doesn’t. The Verbascums are starting to do their thing to add to the picture.

Climbing Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ was planted against the fence in the spring and is growing well but not yet visible.

  • I usually plant a lot of Fuchsias in the summer patio pots but took the decision to have a break from them for a while (so hard to do) due to a big gall mite problem. I’m hoping that with a break and then fresh stock plants the cycle will be broken 🤞. The only one not affected last year was F. ‘Lechlade Gordon’. In previous years it has flowered late in the season but last years cuttings have decided that now is a good time to flower.
  • The late frosts caught a lot of the new growth on plants but the Nandina was sensible and delayed producing new shoots until now. Rather late but very welcome colour. Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’
  • I rely on self-seeded Foxgloves around the garden and they seem to be in short supply in the back garden this year. I’ve sown seed for next year to bulk them up and also transplanted some seedlings from the front garden to plant out later on. This Foxglove put itself in the perfect spot in front of the purple Hazel among emerging Allium christophii.

The Non-Gardener is out for the day so it’s a day in the garden for me. It’s time to start removing the Forget-me -Nots and seeing whether the slugs and snails have eaten everything that has been hidden from view by the sea of blue.

Thank you for reading, have a great weekend and don’t forget to make time time to visit

13 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 05/06/21”

  1. Ah, yes those pretty FMNs can hide a lot of the slimy assassins. I have removed armfuls this week. And what are those grubs in the pot? 😨 Verbena bonariensis seems to have disappeared from my bed, one random seedling in an Agapanthus pot! I must try and find another one at a nursery, they do look lovely wafting away in the breeze.

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  2. My verbena boniarensis is very slow to start this year. Meanwhile, the white foxgloves are not progressing at all but most other plants are thriving or looking promising. Your garden has so many plants, I wouldn’t have thought there was room for any weeds! 🤔

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  3. Like you I discovered a large number of grubs this week. They look exactly like yours. Twitter folk thought they were vine weevil grubs, I thought they were a a little large for that so maybe mine were rose chafers too. Mine were in a pot in lurid quantity. And I’m also pulling out the vb from everywhere now. It’s a good thing we have some positives too.

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    1. The chafer grubs are much larger than vine weevil ones and as they grow they develop small legs near the head. The ones in my photo were about an inch to an inch and a half long. I also found some younger ones but they are still larger than vine weevils. Chafer grubs are also more mobile if disturbed.

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      1. I think mine were chafers then, definitely large, at least an inch and wriggling like mad. I’ve read up on them (RHS) and apparently they are good in the compost bin! And can come in on organic rich potting compost. Which makes sense to me as mine were in a pot of overwintered pellies that I had potted on while waited for the weather to warm up. Thanks for info on Mullein moth. I’m going to leave the space empty this year – it’s between roses and hedge, maybe the roses will enjoy the extra space.

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    1. For the first time, last year I found caterpillars of the Mullein moth on my Verbascum. They do a lot of damage very quickly. I picked them off (yuck) and put them on the bird table. I had to repeat about a week later. I’m checking every day at the moment


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