apple juice, Bees, Calamagrostis brachytricha, Cosmos, dried alliums, Echinacea Delicious Candy, sanguisorba canadensis, September, six on saturday
The weather the last few days has been glorious, warm, with highs of around 20c, blue skies and long shadows. Yet for gardeners it is a struggle to keep a garden looking fresh as it is so very dry.
Dry Alliums, hanging in the summer house. These are to my mind too pretty to compost and are almost as lovely as the Spring forms when they appear in shades of purple. These dried out skeleton alliums act as a reminder to pop a few more in this autumn. The first of my Six on Saturday
2. To quench the dry
These are my bottles of apple juice collected from Mr Nutkin, Tring’s Own Apple Juice. For £1.50 a bottle he can convert your apples and pears into juice. It prolongs shelf life of the fruit for up-to about 18months and is delicious too. Worth every penny.
Bees are happily doing their thing on the Cosmos. No bees no fruit. Very welcome here I say.
I love these and they grow well on my nasty hard clay ground.
These are the lovely tails of Calamagrostis brachytricha. They come into their own late in summer. Tactile.
This is Echinacea Delicious Candy. That colour is not enhanced in any way. Glorious in yer face pink.
These are my 6. Please join us and refer to the Propagator above to find out how.
Have a great weekend wherever you are. D.
The dry Alliums are very decorative. I like the idea of displaying them like that. I usually leave them in the garden until they disintegrate. I love your echinacea. I thought they were pretty hardy plants but haven’t been able to grow one despite numerous efforts.
Thank you. If you save them, they dry well and can be sprayed for Christmas decorations. Echinacea are hardy but they can be tricky to get established. They need space to bulk up and don’t like to be crowded. I failed multiple times in my last garden.the difference here is that they have a more open position.
I enjoy the allium seedheads too, less so any seedlings they produce – at what stage do you pick yours? Love the idea of having your own bottled appled juice! Glad to read you have been having good gardening weather – just a couple of weeks to go now! ps I have just had a booking for a group visit next July!
I pick the alliums when they come away from the bulb with ease. Usually one or two will have come free already so that’s the sign.
That’s an organised group ! For July already.
Thanks Dorris. The group were recommended by a lovely couple who visited this year and spent about 2 hours here – an offshoot of the Cottage Garden Society, I believe
Some great planting ideas here – I covet your echinacea and calamagrostis in particular. And that rather special sanguisorba.
That’s very nice of you. 😊
Piglet in Portugal said:
Echinacea Delicious Candy is indeed a glorious pink. It is the same vibrant pink as bougainvillaea
You’re right it is a very similar shade of pink.
Allium flower trusses in the first picture are rad. We used to save agapanthus trusses for the same reason. They got put into vases with other dried flowers or floral trusses, like those of New Zealand flax. Those more adventurous could spray paint them. (I think that paint sort of fakens them.)
I agree. They have a beauty of their own so why spray them. Except for Christmas!
I might dye them with poke berry juice, and let them fade to darker brown, but paint seems to synthetic.