Six on Saturday: Summer’s lease…

…hath all too short a date. Thus quoth the Bard and it is true. Suddenly September is upon us, but at least it is easing us in gently with a beautiful Indian summer of a day.

Every week The Propagator invites us to share six things that are happening in our gardens. At the moment it seems to be the only time I get round to updating my blog – I hope to be more productive once my youngest starts school in a couple of weeks’ time. Until then we are planning some precious mummy and son time.

Without further (much) ado (about nothing) here are my six for this week.

1. Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’

This is not the first time I have featured this wonderful perennial bought from Gravetye Manor earlier this summer, but it has proved such a wonderful addition to our garden – flowering non-stop for two months now with no sign of slowing down.

2. Pear tree

For the past three summers since we moved in, this pear tree has been extremely productive – the only problem is that it was allowed to grow too tall and so the fruit is ten foot up in the air. Any tips on how to pick it welcome.

3. Apple and bug

These apples are easier to reach but the tree has suffered from some disease this year which has affected some of the fruit. This specimen looks ok and even has a resident bug.

4. Grapes and slide

The grapes growing around our pirate ship play area are ready to pick. Anyone got a good recipe for grape jelly?

5. Luscious lawn

I didn’t post a picture of our lawn last week so here is visual proof that it has recovered after the drought and is now in desperate need of cutting. The cobwebs serve as a reminder that autumn is on the way.

6. Nasturtiums

Last year I rescued a tiny nasturtium seedling that one of my daughters planted at Brownies then left in the bottom of the car. It flourished, self-seeded and this year has taken over most of this bed, proving just what a will to survive plants have.

Don’t forget to visit The Propagator and his followers to see how summer is turning into autumn or winter into spring depending on your hemisphere.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Picking the pears is simple. Cut the tree down and pick up the fruit from the ground. Just do not hurt the nasturtiums.
    If you choose to not cut the tree down, it should most definitely get pruned over winter. Of course, if pruned severely, it will not fruit well the following year. You can do it in phases if you have the patience, and can stay dedicated to bringing it down lower (instead of letting the tree run the show), or you can do it drastically in one or two phases, and just do without most of the fruit next year.

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    1. Good advice but there are no branches at all until 10 feet up – just trunk. Will it recover and branch out if we bring it down?

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      1. tonytomeo says:

        You may want to bring it down in phases, by taking it down as low as possible while leaving a few of the branches that are ten feet up or higher. That will stimulate growth lower down. After a year or two, you can bring the tunk down to where the new stems developed.

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  2. March Picker says:

    Yummy fruit and verdant grass! Enjoy your last days with your son — (you know what I mean!) — soak it up.

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  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Lovely heleniums and those grapes look amazing! Nasturtiums are always good the have in the garden and nothing seems to bother them, also they are edible- great plant.

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  4. fredgardener says:

    Pruning your pear tree will be difficult … I had the same problem with one of mine 10 years ago. I cut the head off and new branches slowly grew back, but I had to wait 4 years to have some fruit … The difference between yours and mine is that yours doesn’t have any branches until at 10ft high. Patience but risk ….
    Otherwise, lovely featured picture !

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  5. Beautiful Heleniums! Autumn colours are very “in” at the moment.

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  6. cavershamjj says:

    I added a sahins EF this year, it’s fab. It’s only a small clump but I’m going to split it into teeny plants next spring and grow on. I want mooooore!

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