Good morning and welcome to another Six on Saturday. As ever, The Propagator will be hosting a variety of other Six on Saturday posts, so do pop over and have a look. For myself, today marks a return to working on Saturdays, so if I don’t seem very responsive don’t worry: I’ll catch up later on! This week I thought I’d take a look at how a few fruits and veg plants are getting on, so let’s begin:
I wasn’t going to grow tomatoes from seed this year – I usually end up receiving some plants from someone or other, and three or four plants is enough for our modest tomato requirements. However, Plant World Seeds sent me some free seeds with an order. It’s a mix of different cultivars, so it should be interesting to see what crops up. As you can see, I have more than three or four, so quite where we go from here I’m not sure.
I have a few peppers coming along too. As you can see, these needed pricking out several weeks ago, but the problem is one of space. I can’t move these (or the tomatoes) into the greenhouse yet as it’s not heated and it’s still a bit too cold at night. I don’t have enough room on the windowsills to have anymore pots inside; the pricking out will have to wait!
Technically Calabrese, but Broccoli will do for now. This is ‘Marathon’: it does so well for me that I’ve never got around to trying any other varieties: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I generally get heads in June, then lots of side shoots until October or November, depending on the weather. Every year I start them off a little bit earlier to try and extend the season a little.
4. Poor Old Oliver!
Next door is having a bit of work done on their house. It appears that they asked the builders to have a go at a spot of tree surgery while they were at it. They sent a chap up a ladder to have a hack at Oliver the Oak Tree with a chain saw (the jury is out, but we think he had to stop and look at YouTube on his phone to work out how to refuel it). He cheerfully offered to cut some off on our side but I politely declined, as I didn’t want him chopping his own arm off on my property. Personally, I feel Oliver deserved the attentions of an experienced and qualified tree surgeon, but it’s not in our garden so I suppose it’s none of my business!
5. and 6. Corydalis Things
I’ve mostly focussed elsewhere this week, but there are lots of Corydalis and Dicentra related things happening. To finish off here are a couple of Corydalis Things that caught my interest:
On the left we have the emerging Corydalis x allenii. It’s a cross between C. solida and C. bracteata, and it’s a good ‘un. However, the thing that caught my eye was the bronze hinted foliage. I’m sure it wasn’t like that last year – either I didn’t notice, or it’s the effect of a few sharp frosts. I’ve noticed the shoots of many of the Corydalis turn a little bit red after frost, almost like they’ve been scorched. On the right is Corydalis glaucescens ‘Early Beauty’. I’ve shown it on a previous Six on Saturday, but this is a slightly better photo. I’m really enjoying it this year. It popped out a few early flowers, but now it’s sent up a proper flower spike and seems to have settled down slightly.
That’s all for this week, thanks for popping by. For more Six on Saturday posts, have a look here. Enjoy your weekend!