Six on Saturday – Last of the Summer Time

24th October 2020.

We are back into a severe lockdown here in Ireland. I can cycle only within 5km of home, but that won’t bother me this time because I’m on my annual six-week break. Plenty time for gardening and writing scriobhneoireacht, I says to myself.

My Six this week features several grasses whose names I forget entirely. I just call them grasses. Lovely they are too, in my opinion. I’m linking them with a few thoughtful words from authors, therapists, prime ministers and the like. I’m also introducing my Domestic Dump corner and a new Smart Bio. I’ll say no more about that, and warn you not to follow the link, lest you learn more about me. Heaven forbid! But do read along please for this last October Six…

1. Aon

“Most people find the grass to be greener on the other side of the fence, without knowing that possibly the person on the other side of the fence is looking at them, and the grass on their side, with the same feelings.” – Awdesh Singh – 31 Ways To Happiness.

2. Dó

“I grew up in a family of peasants, and it was there that I saw the way that, for example, our wheat fields suffered as a result of dust storms, water erosion and wind erosion; I saw the effect of that on life – on human life.” – Mikhail Gorbachev.

3. Trí

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass’; ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’ – Harmon Killebrew.

4. Ceathar

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse.

5. Cúig

If someone is as green as grass, they have little experience or knowledge of something and trust what other people tell them too easily. It is much more common just to say that someone is green. Bamboo belongs to the grass family. Some bamboos can grow to 104 metres tall. You do believe me? I n-dáiríre? Really?

6. Sé

As some regular readers will know, I’ve put names to areas of my garden. There’s Patio Potpourri, Breakfast View, Secret Spot, Joe’s Rockery and a few more. Below is the Domestic Dump. I like to think I’ve created a pleasant feature surrounding the six bins. For the record, they are, from back row, right to left:

  • recycling (blue) ,
  • domestic waste (green)
  • food waste (brown)
  • spare domestic waste (grey, for times of extreme decluttering),
  • uncooked kitchen waste for compost heap
  • and dog(s) droppings.

The kitchen waste bucket is almost covered to deter blackbirds from chucking potato peelings out, whereas the dog bucket is sealed. So, ar aon nós, the Acer and a mixture of grasses whose names I forget entirely, together with the new 2020 timber fence help to detract from functionality by adding a detractor or two. This area is my first glimpse of the garden every time I go outside, and now that it has been upgraded to Acceptable Lookin’ Good, I’ll just leave it at that.

A Personal Six

Here we go with six unwanted items hat snuck in here by sneaky means:

  • The clocks go back tonight.
  • Its my 22nd consecutive week writing this Six-on-Saturday thingy.
  • Old TV comedy favourite 1973-2010: Last of the Summer Wine. 295 episodes to choose from.
  • Sam Bennett was back to winning ways during the week in Spain.
  • No extreme decluttering took place recently. I feel a grey emptiness within.
  • My Smart Bio is the one-stop-shop to bring all my Internet places together. I think it’s pretty smart cliste!

Would you like to visit many other majestic gardens around the World? England, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are well represented on the Six-on-Saturday thingymebob created by The Propagator. Read all about it and follow gardeners’ gardens. You may join in free gratis (free of charge), saor in aisce. Ireland has several keen enthusiasts, and I’m proud to be among them.

To finish, a quote from Mary Pope Osborne:

With my writing, I can still play inside an enchanted castle or live inside an old fort. I can run from ghosts or ride dolphins any day of the week.

That’s it for this week. Stay safe, enjoy your garden and garden reading. I’ll be back next week. Slán go fóill.

Pádraig,

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  1. grannysgarden

    Lovely, different approach. It probably took quite a lot of research to find the appropriate quotes. I haven’t grown grasses of the ornamental type, maybe it’s time to try.

    1. Pádraig

      I am influenced by several SOSers here, a chara. I am happy to know I’m an influencer also! 😀 (throwing halo aside for fear of pride)

  2. fredgardener

    The clocks will also go back here next night in France. We are now going to have real winter dark nights… A comforting thing, the European Union has arranged for this to be the last one for us in France: and you?Next spring will be the last change.
    Very pretty red acer next to colourful bins !

    1. Pádraig

      I think you are right, Fred. However, there’s a distinct possibility that Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK) may operate on different time zones!

  3. Catherine

    I have one bamboo in a pot and not quite sure where to place it. A gift from a friend. It’s needing to be repotted, so perhaps it’s time to make the decision. I like that you’ve used logs around the pots, nice idea and adds variety. The Acer is beauty, and definitely draws the eye away from the bins – we have six and their presence in the back garden annoys me intensely. I’ll ponder your solutions.

    1. Pádraig

      I will need to plant the bamboo in the largest pot I’ve got. I’ll certainly not put it in the ground.
      The logs happened accidentally as I carried a basketful from the shed with two under my arm. The two fel, and almost into place. Twas a Eureka moment. 😁🤔

      1. Catherine

        Twas the little Irish Elves for sure… 😁

        1. Pádraig

          Oh, your right! They’re looking to upgrade!

  4. Loving all the quotes and the photos, I am very tempted to following the link to your bio ………

    1. Pádraig

      RPP… My Reverse Psychology Policy is in operation!

  5. Paddy Tobin

    What in the name of god are you doing posting here at 6.45a.m.? LOL You should have more sense and be out long before the Guards are out of their beds and cycle off over to Youghal or wherever. I saw Anthony D. was up in Colligan yesterday. We got out yesterday for an hour’s walk on the Greenway which is right beside us and hope to do the same today if it clears up. Little hope of any gardening here today! Beir bua, a chara! Muna dtéannn tú amach go luath beidh na glúna meirgeach!

    1. Pádraig

      Have you read the The Third Policeman? I’m often reminded that there’s a lot of me in that leabhar iontach!

      1. Paddy Tobin

        You have lost touch with reality? LOL On yer bike!

        1. Pádraig

          In these times, losing reality is a good idea!

  6. Number 4 looks like my Mexican feather grass.
    Do you have to move those three grasses in pots to get the big bins out?

    1. Pádraig

      It’s an exact science, Eileen. Only to get the grey bin. Lately, anything in that surplus bin just gets transferred over quietly to green.

    1. Pádraig

      Onwards through the winter towards 50. ✅

  7. March Picker

    The bins have me smiling — I’m a big fan of helpful organization! Alas, I’m not the biggest fan of grass(es), but yours are lovely and give movement throughout your gardens, I’m sure. More grasses will be making their way into these gardens… wet as we are.

    1. Pádraig

      Isn’t that just lovely? If we can smile about bins, we’ve got good attitude!

  8. Lisa

    Very attractive “Domestic Dump” area! I do the same, naming areas of the yard. It helps me kept track of what’s planted where. I keep the photos in digital files by those names. Then I think how digital photos are trapped, and feel sad that I have too many years of photos to be able to print them out and put them in physical albums.

    1. Pádraig

      Lisa, a question please. What’s difference between garden and yard? I think yard is different here in Ireland.
      Also, what are some names you use?

  9. janesmudgeegarden

    I love the connection between the grasses and the quotes.
    I’m sorry you’ve had to go a lockdown, one which sounds similar to the lengthy one in Victoria Aus, which has been very trying for everyone.
    Re the description ‘yard’ – Australians often call a garden a yard, but to me a yard is a cement covered square at the back of a house, not a lovely flowery garden. I’m from NZ originally and we didn’t use yard in that context. Funny how words change their meanings from country to country.

    1. Pádraig

      Indeed, in my mind a yard is not a garden. A coal yard, an outdoor manufacturing area etc… As a teacher, the outdoor playing area was a yard. Yard duty was a tough part of the job.

      1. janesmudgeegarden

        Yes, I remember yard duty well….called playground duty here in Aus.

  10. You have a wonderful selection of grasses! Similar to my selection of sedges, many of which have just been relocated from the back to the front garden. I think I should consider get at least a couple of grasses as they do seem to soften the landscape. Lovely post!

    1. Pádraig

      As with bicycles, I can never have enough! You’re correct in saying they soften the scene,and added to that they generally get pruned in late February so I think they’ll look good through the winter.

  11. aj vosse

    The last of the summer time? Optimist, you are! Great… I’m willing some of the veggies to ripen off their last fruits… by telling myself that we’re soon gonna have a heatwave! Seems Met Éirean agrees… 15 degrees C for Saturday? Wow!
    Anyway… your grasses are cool… and as I am wont to say… the grass isn’t always greener on the other side… but it may just be a tad more tasty, or softer – of more filling… of prettier, which is true in your case… your grass is prettier than mine!
    Onward I go… stay safe!

    1. Pádraig

      You gotta remember this is the Sunny South East, a chara!

      1. aj vosse

        One more question, please? Where do you source your veg seeds?? Thanks! 😁😁

        1. Pádraig

          Vegetable seeds mostly from an organic supplier in West Cork. Brown Envelope Seeds. Others from DT Brown in UK.

          1. aj vosse

            Thanks… like the sound of the first one… and then there’s Fruit Hill Farm… have you heard of them?

          2. Pádraig

            Googling as I type… #multitaskingman

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