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Six-on-Saturday – No Time To Die

2nd October 2021.

I can’t get my head around it. “Dry spots” doesn’t mean what it used to.

This week, the phrase is used to denote areas of the United Kingdom where there’s no petrol! Here in Ireland, there’s plenty petrol but not enough wind. Reports suggest that there may be blackouts over the coming winters because coal-powered generating stations are due to be shut down.

I’m just thankful that gardening continues regardless. Mostly, it’s been a really lovely week, with plenty dry spots and very little wind. Here’s my selection…

1. There’s no shortage of salad greens. Lettuce, spinach and scallions grow better in cool autumn conditions, I think. I’ve sown another batch this week. When it comes to November, it’ll likely be glasshouse lettuces, not as tasty but acceptable.

2. The bindweed is back, so I’ll need to move quickly. Thankfully, it hasn’t flowered. I do not photograph bindweed. That’s just way it is.

3. This little conifer doesn’t look right. I’ve a feeling there’s something wrong. In fact, I’d say there’s something happening underground that’s not helping matters. This has been one of the loveliest plants in my garden, in my mother-in-law’s stone pot. It’s no time to die. I’ll check the roots to see if it can be salvaged.

4. Begonias again! I’ve moved them closer together and put them on two levels. I’m smirking with satisfaction.

5. Autumn is fuchsia time. I did not prune them hard enough last year and therefore they’ve grown a bit beyond their space. However, what’s not to love?

6. A garden is not all about colour. This fern brings no flower yet the plant is a valuable addition to the rockery.

7. I’m including another because bindweed doesn’t really count. I bought a small shredder. It’s ideal for my little garden. Presently, it’s in the shed and it may just stay there permanently. The basket underneath is removeable and the shredded contents can be emptied easily to the nearby compost heaps. I may bring it with me around the garden when the fuchsias need to be pruned in November.


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  1. pruneplantsow

    I think you will enjoy the shredder. Just don’t shred the bindweed.

    1. Pádraig

      I’ve checked carefully to see where the bindweed is sprouting. It’s not as bad as I thought. I’ll be able to get rid of it,I hope.

  2. lisinmayenne

    Yes, garden therapy beats the news any day (although no shortages or energy crisis here at the moment but plenty of wind and rain)! I love those fuchsias, what gorgeous colours guaranteed to lift the spirits. Enjoy them! 😊

    1. Pádraig

      Thank you Lis. The fuchsias are a tonic! Long flowering season and they need no attention except a good hard pruning later on.

  3. fredgardener

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy the shredder, I’ve had one for several years and I can’t live without it. In addition, the chips can be placed in the borders which is very practical and feeding for plants. Super begonias and very beautiful fern.
    PS: here, there is petrol and wind this weenkend!

    1. Pádraig

      How did I ever manage without one? I’ll definitely make good use of it, especially when it’s time to cut back the fuchsias.

  4. theshrubqueen

    Gorgeous Begonias and Fuchsias, my husband loves the shredder!

  5. Sel Calderbank

    I’ve long been contemplating getting shredder but thought there’s no space for one – yours is nice and compact. The Fuchsia and begonia displays are magnificent, and am jealous of your luscious looking lettuce!

    1. Pádraig

      Love my lettuce, I do! With so much going on in June/July, I neglected repeat sowing, but back on schedule now.

  6. Mominthegarden

    Continued strange times, indeed. But you are right, thankfully our gardens keep on going! Love the fuchsia 🙂

    1. Pádraig

      That fuchsia is like a wild teenager! Adorable.

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