Six-on-Saturday – Unsung Heroes

25th September 2021.

What’s a man to do? We’ve been away for a few days, and now, not long back, I’m off again! This time I’ll travel (alone) to the Kingdom of Kerry. All going well, there will be scenery to beat the band, good company, some challenging cycling terrain around Dingle and food at the finish. I am very much looking forward to the Tom Crean Unsung Heroes 112km cycle. We are raising funds for Down Syndrome, but the best bit is… we start and finish at a garden centre! I may just certainly will browse upon my return.

Thus, my efforts to get something decent ready for Six-on-Saturday deadline has been touch and go. It’s a lovely phrase… Touch and Go. Decent is a matter of interpretation!

Begonia Illumination is lasting well, helped by the fact that watering is not as critical as during midsummer.

The berries are ripening on the Skimmia. Marion gave me this as a Christmas present a few years ago. It’s certainly better than socks!

There are four Dahlias here, and they do a mighty job of almost covering the entire gable end of the shed.

Aconitum, delivered by Paddy earlier in the year, is in flower. I love the pureness of the colour.

Grown from seed, the Asters are delightful. I’ll be growing more of these next year. In previous years, I’d have neglected Autumn annuals, so I’m thrilled to have these. Very easy to grow.

Each of these six plants selected this week are Unsung Heroes. I have many many more too.

Update on Sunday: I didn’t browse! We got very wet on the Connor Pass. Although the last 40km section was dry, the soaking was in my socks! Thankfully, there was no cold whatsoever. So, I had a delicious chicken burger and headed home contentedly.

South Pole Inn

That’s it for this week. It’s my second week of making a half-hearted effort, but I’m OK with that. I’ll do a sort of Autumn wind down. The bike sportive season is finishing soon, so I’ll have more time. Really? Somehow, I don’t think so. Slán go fóill.

Pádraig.

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15 comments

  1. I’m pleased to see asters have gone up in your estimation – good cut flowers too especially in those autumn’s when manky weather stop you getting outside as often as you’d like.

    Clive

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      1. Certainly not to be included in your salad – it would be the end of you. The common name is Wolf’s Bane – as it was used as a poison to kill wolves! Fortunately, no berries to attract young children which is a blessing.

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  2. Very pretty Aconitum we don’t really see very often.
    Regarding the sporting cycling season, there is the end of the World Championships tomorrow! A double win for J. Alaphilippe?

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    1. A gift from Paddy, Fred. Anything that comes into flower now is a bonus.
      Forecast here for tomorrow is very wet so I’ll settle in to watch it all. I’d imagine the Belgians will be ripping it up on home soul.

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    1. Thank you, Phao. It’s a bonus when the bit of colour stretches on beyond summer.
      The cycling was superb, with the exception of heavy mist for about an hour. Can’t complain though, no cold whatsoever.

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  3. Well done on the cycling, it sounds like a lot of fun (there’s been a lot of cycling action here in Belgium lately, which I’ve only been vaguely aware of!). Please tell me the secret on how to grow begonias as well as you do. Mine are hopeless, not at all bushy with just a few flowers – it’s my first time with them.

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    1. I do not know the secret, Sel. It seems to keep changing! I lose many of them from mould over winter. This year, they are staying in their pots and I’ll keep them in the glasshouse, in shade. Fingers crossed.
      They are voracious feeders BTW.

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