Hello! It’s time to commence on another Six on Saturday. As is his way, The Propagator will be the home to all sorts of posts from around the world, so do pop over and take a look, although there’s a good chance that that’s how you got here in the first place! For my Six I’m actually using some photos from a few weeks ago. I took some pictures at the allotment but didn’t get round to using them and then forgot all about them. Coming across them during the week, I thought I might as well put them to good use.
The Daylilies serve the same purpose as my lovely poppies, namely as a decorative boundary. I’ve split the allotment into three sections, to help with crop rotation, and they are divided by a line of something decorative, in this case some bright orange Hemerocallis. These Daylilies originate from a garden I work in. The owners are moving house and so after working in their garden for nine and a half years, I’ll have to say goodbye. I’ll still be working for the owners in their new home but I’ll certainly miss their old garden. Anyway, I have these colourful chaps to remember the place by.
Nothing special really, in fact they’re possibly a little smaller than in previous years. Despite that, there’s something very pleasing about a nice patch of Onions! There’s a bit of a section in the foreground where the Red Onions seen to have struggled for some reason, but generally speaking they look pretty healthy this year.
This cheerful flower is part of the Sunflower Fort™. After growing a couple of rows of Sunflowers at the front of the allotment one year, we now have a plentiful annual supply of spontaneously appearing seedlings each spring. Every year, I dig a few up and plant them in a big square shape with a little gap at the front for an entrance. There’s currently a big hole in the middle of the fort. I believe it’s an attempt to find Australia.
Swede, replete with my hand for scale. Bear in mind this was taken a few weeks ago; they’re now even more monstrous.
The Hop flowers are now all looking more like the photo on the right, but I like the way the flowers look when they first come out (photo on the left), with those funny little bristles. Hops are dioecious, so a plant is either male or female, with only female hop flowers are used in brewing. The (female) flowers start out as ‘burrs’ with lots of styles on display, hence the bristles. These then fall off and the bracts extend to form the ‘cone’ which is what is used in brewing. That’s my understanding of it anyway!
6. Bad neighbours
The chap next door happens to be my father. I thought I’d throw him a bone and feature the lovely selection of annuals he’s got growing outside his shed.
That’s all for today’s Six on Saturday. I hope you have a jolly weekend!