Six on Saturday – Remembering

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.

Agastache

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

Pádraig.

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  1. That was a clever idea for a Six! An interesting post indeed, and nice to read the follow-up on each plant/item. I’m looking forward to seeing your pergola construction; it will be a great improvement on the old heating system! The photo of the hole in the wall is just amazing!! I love the structure of it. Have a great week!!

    1. Pádraig

      Many thanks, a chara. Architect drawings will be drawn up. I might even try to incorporate a similar hole in the wall. No that wouldn’t work. Bíodh seachtain maith agatsa freisin.

  2. Catherine

    It’s always a joy to plant a new tree, especially when you know that you’ll be leaving it behind for someone else to enjoy many (+ many) years in the future. Good to hear that your Sorbus is doing well. I remember your post about the Feverfew, I have it in my borders too and let it flower until I need the space, it’s a cheerful plant.

    Good to hear you’ve updated your heating and got rid of the tank from the garden – I wish someone would tell me how to get rid of the collection of multi-coloured bins from mine. Your final photo almost caught me out. Agastache in a bottle – that’s a novel idea. 😁

    Have a good weekend Pádraig, I hope the weather will be kinder to you than it has been during the week.

    1. Pádraig

      Could you camouflage the bins? I’d suggest feverfew. A few brushes and a bit of paint? Surely, you’ll confuse the collectors!

  3. Sel Calderbank

    It’s good to look back and hopefully give yourself a pat on the back for all that hard work in the garden. I planted Feverfew this year, a nice cheery plant, and if you ever get a headache it is a good remedy.

    1. Pádraig

      Thank you, Sel. Yes it’s used for other ailments too.

  4. fredgardener

    Excellent idea to make a flashback because thanks to your photos, we can see beautiful plants and flowers of the past season. Your photo montages in the bottles are always an artistic success! Bravo

    1. Pádraig

      I’m thinking I may use the bottle as my signature. What will I put into it next wee, I wonder. 🤔

  5. A nice look back at the year. A lot of Sorbus were planted on our housing estate when it was built and I can see why – pretty leaves, good autumnal colour and berries for the birds.

    1. Pádraig

      Apparently, Sorbus is home to so many insects etc & attracts birds. No berries this year. I’m sure next year the birds will have some.

  6. pruneplantsow

    Padraig, your posts are so cheery. I laugh out loud. Keep up the good work!

    1. Pádraig

      Well, now you’ve got me laughing! Contagious, it is.

  7. Lisa

    I really enjoyed the look back. The last photo with the agastache is incredible.

    1. Pádraig

      I use a nifty little app called PiPCamera. Worth the few euro I paid for it. I hope you have a lovely gardening week, Lisa.

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