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Six on Saturday – Remembering

We had a wonderful summer together, the bachelor and I. At a socially acceptable distance, of course! Apparently, some like the unusual scent.

21st November 2020.

It has been a miserably wet week, fit only for indoor foostering, and part of it was mis-spent reading through some of my Six-on-Saturday articles. I found very little time for other matters such as taking photographs of the garden, potting up the remaining geraniums or planting the three heathers that have been sitting in place for the past ten days.

Not having current photographs has posed a problem, but I have solved it! Admittedly, I’m skiing off piste, in the sure knowledge that there is no naughty step! Here’s the angle this week: I’ve opted for a review, and selected a photograph from the first Saturday of each month beginning in May. (I joined Six on Saturday in June, so my first one this week has broken the skis.) Here we go Ar aghaidh linn back in time…

May – Sorbus Acuparia

I hope to care for these lovely trees for quite a while, and leave it to someone else to sit in their shade some fine day long in the future. He or she might even write about it.

Sorbus acuparia

Update: This, and another tree, have settled in very well despite being planted at the wrong end of the year. The sparrows and other small birds are thrilled.

June – Plants That Struggle

The new day does not always bring comfort. Keep a close eye on your struggling plants. Value them as you would the scented rose. Keep a close watch on friends or acquaintances and be there for them with a listening ear. Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.

The taxus has since died

Update: The conifer has since died. It happens. The entire contents of the pot have been removed from the premises lest there be an unknown disease lingering about doing damage. That’s life. Sin mar atá.

July – Celebrations

Feverfew is also known to some as Bachelor’s Buttons. This one seeded itself in a small crack between patio slabs, as I had written about in early June. I love it even before it flowers because of the attractive lime-green foliage. After you’ve read this blog thingy and other posts over at The Propagator’s HQ, after perhaps some gardening, coffee or other brew, you could return to this picture to count the buttons.

Update: We had a wonderful summer together, the bachelor and I. At a socially acceptable distance, of course! Apparently, some like the unusual scent smell. Le bonheur des uns fait le malheurs des autres.

August – Urgente Opus Prioritas

The first Six on Saturday of the month was largely composed in hospital after a heavy bang to the head. Apparently, no kitchen tiles were damaged and, although I was tempted to show my consultant a final draft of this as some proof that upstairs was still functioning, I waited for official discharge on purely medical grounds. I’m back gardening today, and spending some time reading other lovely garden Sixes.

Hiding the ugly plastic oil tank will be my number one priority. I know exactly the way I intend to do it and when it’s finished, the ugly plastic oiltank will be hidden from view. That’s the whole point. It’s on the way to being a top priority.

Ugly oil tank will soon be gone

Update: Much has happened since August. Our heating system was removed during the week, and my friend Tom will be here early next week to remove the remaining oil. I have plans for a pergoda in this corner. The 47-year-old cast-iron oil boiler will be smelted down. Rotha mór an tsaoil.

September – National Garden Exhibition Centre

I visited Kilquaide in County Wicklow, and was gobsmacked that I hadn’t known about it, despite hiking the county from end to end in my twenties.

This little nook brings to my mind the beauty of looking beyond the present. There is light beyond the darkness. This time will pass.

Update: Despite plans to return, it hasn’t happened. Neither have similar plans for Mount Usher, nor my inaugural visit to Blarney Castle Gardens. Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach.

October – Naked Ladies & How’s Your Father

I think someone may be able to identify this. I do not know what it is, but I do know that seeds of future beauty are stored within.

It has been confirmed

Update: confirmation arrived swiftly. It is a teasel. Many thanks Canadian Chris, Tasmanian Prue and French Fred. It’s a small small world. Mae’r byd yn fach!

There you have it. I enjoyed reading back through some of my twenty-five SOS weeks, and I particularly enjoyed reading so many comments from other gardeners. Happy that there’s a record of so many events, I shall return to the garden in its current state next week. Next week’s current state. Slán go fóill and have a great week. Thanks for reading.


My Other Six This Week (gardeners please ignore)

  • Installation of air-to-water heating is complete
  • Christmas beginnings… Bought a downgraded tree
  • Too wet for cycling
  • Covid Level 5 restrictions not effective yet
  • Will Seamus Woulfe resign?
  • I am entered for local running league. Just need to figure out how to run


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Six on Saturday – Raindrops

20th June 2020.

The garden really did need some rain. It needed a bit more than some. So, naturally we were thrilled to get a decent drenching overnight last Saturday. To be clear, the garden got the decent drenching while I slept, dry in my bed. Management, known also as mo bhean chéile, informed me that there was accompanying thunder and lightning and I take this on trust despite having no evidence. On the other hand, there is very clear evidence below that there was some rain.

Here’s my six this week…

1. Alchemilla mollis is a prolific self-seeder on Joe’s rockery. Dainty flowers right now, but it’s the way  raindrops stay on the curled leaves that I like best. Joe was my right-hand-neighbour and the rockery is named after him.

Alchemilla mollis, Lady’s Mantle

2. I’m not sure what’s the variety of this Geranium. Again, it’s a prolific seeder and I love it. The rain left many of the flowers in a sad state. Some were wet, soggy & droopy, while others escaped the deluge. Seems the one on top may have sheltered the lower one. All the while, I remained dry i mo leaba.

Geranium love

3. Leaf from Rosa Just Joey holds a few raindrops. I’m noticing that there is some munching going on. Likely the offender is beneath, sheltered from decent drenchings and downpours.

Rosa Just Joey

4. I return a once again to my friend Sorbus aucuparia Rafina, commonly known as Rowan or Mountain Ash. The slightly curled leaves capture and hold the drops tenderly.

Rowan (Mountain Ash)

5. This is one of my three lilies, about to burst into flower. I’d need to go to IcyBetter (my preferred alternative to Specsavers) in order to see the drops clearly. Obviously, I did go and I did see them. The camera did the rest.

Lily about to flower

6. Acer palmatum somethingelseius is in a patio container. Rain was more necessary for this small plant, as is the case with many that are potted, rather than planted. Scorch and drought damage can be seen along the edges.

Japanese Maple

That’s six, so I’ll leave it at that. If you like this article, you’ll be able to find many many more by visiting The Propagator. He is the instigator. I am a fan, together with the aforementioned many many more. Truth be told, you’ll be able to find them using the aforementioned link even if you don’t like my article.


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