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.

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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