Six on Saturday: End of the heatwave

It was too hot to do much in the garden this week apart from sit in the shade watching the plants frazzle and watering where I could in the evening. Now it has cooled down I will survey the damage – lots of things have gone over prematurely.

The sweet peas seemed to like the sun though, flowering this week just in time for our wedding anniversary. 13 years ago my mum grew dozens of sweet peas for the tables at our wedding.

Six things from your garden this week. Them’s the rules. I’m looking forward to seeing how The Propagator and his followers around the world have fared this week – whether it is high summer or midwinter where they are.

1. Sweet Peas

I can’t remember what varieties of sweet pea I sowed. I think there was one called Darcey Bussell and maybe another called Chelsea. Anyway they seem to have come up in red white and blue.

2. Calendula

It’s the name of my blog and fittingly we have lots of self sown calendula this year. I did sow some seed but not where the flowers have come up!

3. Mallow

Another self-sower, this came up in the same crack in the path last year. It is clearly happy there.

4. Watermelon and marigolds

The little watermelon plant I bought from a table stall round the corner is thriving. It seems to like being with the marigolds which provide some protection from wind and slugs.

5. Ants and aphids

Speaking of pests our broad beans have the inevitable black aphids. The beans are ready so I will pick them today. The ants are enjoying the aphids which release a sweet honeydew.

6. Perovskia

This perovskia pushes through our daphne every year and this year is taller than ever and looks rather beautiful against this stormy sky. Ignore the bindweed climbing up it.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Well done with your broad beans….no mice near you then? Pretty calendula, I must try some next year.

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  2. Happy anniversary! Hope you managed to celebrate in lockdown style. I’m a big fan of calendula too and I love their contrariness. Enjoy a cooler next week. 🙂

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  3. fredgardener says:

    I do like perovskia ! Not the touch but the scent and the colour of the leaves.
    Are you sure it is a watermelon? It rather looks like a courgette or squash ? Maybe I’m wrong.

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    1. It does doesn’t it but it was labelled a watermelon so I will live in hope!

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      1. fredgardener says:

        Keep us updated!

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      2. Just looked at some pics of watermelon plants online and it does look similar 😆

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      3. fredgardener says:

        So much the better! Mine have much more serrated leaves. Maybe another variety 🤞

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    2. carolee says:

      Doesn’t look like watermelon to me either, so I’ll be watching as well!

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  4. Noelle M says:

    Love the sweetpea connection in with your anniversary. There is only really one other person with whom one needs to celebrate our anniversaries. Congratulations to you two.

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  5. The sweet peas must make a very patriotic bouquet. What a lovely idea to have them for your wedding. Congratulations on your anniversary.


  6. March Picker says:

    Sweet peas must be treasured by you to remind you of your wedding! Happy Anniversary!

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Sweet pea! They are such delightful flowers. My niece down south used to grow them in autumn for the following spring. They do not last long there. It was a lot of time growing for such a brief bloom. Nonetheless, she really enjoyed them. They do not last much longer here, which is why I do not grow them.

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  8. Everything looks so wonderfully healthy and vibrant colors. I am convinced to try Sweet Peas later this year. Happy Anniversary.

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  9. n20gardener says:

    We share the mallow and the calendula and the perovskia – which has yet to flower in my garden. Oh and a daphne and of course the bindweed! Happy Anniversary. I hope there is not too much damage.

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  10. cavershamjj says:

    your perovskia looks fab, mine is a shadow of that. i don’t think it’s happy where it is, perhaps i need to move it. a job for later in the year.


  11. Pádraig says:

    Happy anniversary to you. Your marigold reminds me of my mam’s garden. It was from her that my gardening obsessions began.

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