Six on Saturday – Halloween

31st October 2020.

Only once during the past five months have I included a photograph taken in the Front Garden, so today I intend to make amends. I suppose it is under-represented because I have no interest in gardening for the neighbours. My castle caisleán is out the back. A YARD, as some of you lovely gardeners would call it!

The first storm of the season will be racing through today. Storm Aiden, I hope you behave yourself! In advance, I tucked a few wobbly plants away in a corner, particularly my two new Agastache. It seems I’ll be able to read many of the lovely SOS updates any time during the day because there certainly will be no going outside. How exciting!

1. Above and Below

Outside the front door is a pot given to me by my neighbour Joe. It has been a standout welcome-to-our-home all summer, filled with marigolds and begonia. I planted these around the edges, but the not centre because there’s a basket of daffodils hidden below soil level. I know they are there. I have written the name ainm in the ledger and I know how many are there. They will pop their heads above ground very shortly.

2. Verbena bonariensis

We have a narrow section of loose stone beside the boundary wall, again planted for the summer samhradh with some annuals. Several years ago we had planted three Verbena bonariensis on the other side, and they seeded among the stone everywhere. They are loved by butterflies and me.

The Latin word means Sacred Bough, used in rituals to cleanse and purify homes.

3. Walton Park

I ventured further afield yet stayed within the proscribed 5km limit. This pretty thing caught my eye in Walton Park during the week. It was very sheltered among taller shrubs and looks very content. Is it an Alstromeria? Please let me know.

4. Halloween

That’s enough now. Come through the house with me to my castle behind. Wear your mask and use the bleach hand-sanitiser. Firstly, I’ve got something for Halloween. I wrote about The Manic Fairy back in February ’19. He caused constant trouble. The Fairy Door moves constantly. Today it is well-hidden at the base of Potpourri Palace.

Halloween is a time of remembrance and a new beginning. It was the ancient Celtic New Year’s Day.

5. Heathers

For my fifth today, I’m reminded that three years ago I planted thirteen heathers in three areas near the one and only glasshouse teach gloine. You’ve not seen them yet. I’m waiting until winter to feature them. I got three more last weekend and I’ve decided to put them on the Sunny Rockery near the Budda Man.

5. Salads in Season

The glasshouse is brimming with enough salad leaves for three weeks. I’ve got a second box bosca that is just three weeks behind, so there will be no loss of service. I’m waiting a bit longer to sow the next batch because with falling temperatures, growth of batch #2 will be slower. There are scallions and a hardy lettuce outside. I do not need much more. I’ll be able to have a la carte salad menus.

Personal Mullarkey

Here’s an excerpt from The Manic Fairy back in July…

The little fairy tapped on the window while I was having coffee.

Didn’t you think about it? The powerwasher kept cutting out, she said.
Was it you?, I asked.
Well, to be honest, no. I wouldn’t do that. But Mikey the Manic Fairy was all riled up yesterday and he said he was going to cause trouble.
What riled him?
You bought that Fairy Door in New Ross last week, and you just moved it to Abbeyside without asking.
What?
You can’t be just moving fairy doors wherever you want. Mikey was all set to help Wexford score a few points in the hurling, and you took it all away. He’s here in your flippin garden and he’s not a happy fairy.
What can I do?
Well, if I was you, I’d face him head-on, coz he’s a crazy fecker.

Spoiler Alert

I have written this same article a second time, but with added thoughts linked to most of the featured plants. Be warned this week… It makes for uncomfortable reading. I teared up a bit while writing. Here’s the link, or tap the image.

The Living Dead

Would you like to read about many other gardens around the World? The following are well represented on the Six-on-Saturday thingymebob created by The Propagator: England, Belgium (welcome aboard Sel. Fáilte isteach. Kia ora!), America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 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 happy to be among them.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article this week. If you’re new here, I do hope you’ve enjoyed it enough to return next week. Regulars here are regular for a reason, and I thank you all so much for your regularity, fun, interaction and your knowledge. I’m learning gach seachtain. I’ll be hoping to report on some further mischief after the US elections next week. Slán go fóill.

Pádraig,

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  1. fredgardener

    You are really into the Halloween theme! Well done … !
    Yes in the park, it’s indeed an alstroemeria : beautiful colours

    1. Pádraig

      Celtic Ireland alive and well. (Alive… Not so sure about well?)

    1. Pádraig

      There’s strange goings on within. 😀

  2. Katharine

    I don’t really have a front garden anymore but when I lived in London I used to love gardening for the neighbours. I’d watch them walking up and down the road and sometimes stopping to look at the roses. I guess I was an altruistic show-off!

    1. Pádraig

      Other comment here… I’d need to upgrade myself, Katherine.

  3. Adrian Thorne

    Yep, Alstrowmeria – I think they’re nice but they can ‘escape’ and become a pain.

    1. Pádraig

      Thanks Adrian. The colours really stood out amid fading greenery.

  4. Chris Mousseau

    Front yard gardening – a sure way to get the neighbours to stop and chat. So that could be good or bad, I guess!

    1. Pádraig

      Indeed it would and it would be good. I’d maybe need to upgrade my gardening garb.

  5. Paddy Tobin

    Beidh an púca ar do thóir muna chuireann tú an doras sin ar ais ina áit cheart!

    1. Pádraig

      Ró-dhéanach. Táim tar éis dul trasna…

  6. Catherine

    I always say ‘garden’ no matter how small or large. Somehow the word ‘yard’ conjures up in my mind, a place covered in cement. That’s a lovely pot at your front door. Have you used one of those bulb planting pots to sink your daff bulbs into the pot?
    Every Celtic garden should have a fairy door. There’s a wee fairy house in my dining room waiting to go into the children’s Den under the Acer. It won’t go in now until spring arrives. I hope the fairies don’t mind.
    OK – you’ve tempted me – I need to read your take on the Living Dead. What am I in for? 🎃

    1. Pádraig

      You’re right…. Cement is the image in my mind too. My daffs are in a plastic pot that I lift out in May. Just didn’t do it this year.
      Many gardens have the happy fairy variety… Great bit of fun!

  7. March Picker

    I’m eager to click when I can sit for a bit and enjoy. I always look forward to your writings! I notice the way that verbena is silhouetted against the low wall. An unusual use for that plant and very striking.

    1. Pádraig

      It does look good there! Nature thrives when it finds a hospitable spot.

  8. janesmudgeegarden

    I planted Verbena Bonariensis in my garden and really enjoyed the way it blended in with other plants but I’ve had to remove it as it has spread everywhere! It’s actually quite a weed in our area.
    The Alstromeria is a lovely splash of colour, as is your welcoming planter.

    1. Pádraig

      I see it’s classified as a weed in parts of US. I’m lucky because there’s a membrane under the stone so the roots never go deep and its very easy to pull up whenever I want to tidy up.

  9. n20gardener

    I brought vb with me when we moved here to fill up empty spaces, five years on and I am at the pulling up stage but it is loved by the butterflies and soon the goldfinches will be stopping by for the seeds. I’ll always keep some.

    garraíodóireacht sona -courtesy of google translate, I hope it’s right!

    1. Pádraig

      As always, Mrs. Google is correct! Many thanks. I find it fascinating that the birds will wait and know when the seeds are ripe. In many cases, they don’t need to test to check for ripeness. DNA seems to just know when is right…

  10. A happier version, with some lovely photos of your garden. I’m admiring the lovely colour of your front door, which is enhanced by the colourful pot display. I would guess that the flower is an Alstromeria. It is beautiful! The heathers are beautiful! I remember seeing some on a visit to a nursery in Bagshot a few years ago and wondered what they were. My mind was full of the wonderful array of plants there that I had forgotten about them until now. Unfortunately they would never grow in the climate here.

    1. Pádraig

      Yes, this one is a bit lighter.
      That’s interesting… I’d never have thought of the colour of the front door!

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