Six things in my garden today.  If you want to join in and share 6 things from your garden then here is to how to participate https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/ It’s fun, you see interesting things in other people’s gardens and lovely 6ers chat and comment on your pics.

IMG_0583Still hot and dry here so things are a bit limited, to be honest.  Let’s start with the eatable side of the garden. Here is our first home-grown apple ever.  It’s in a pot, it’s in its third year and it has eight lovely, perfect fruit.  This one is actually not quite ripe but got knocked off whilst we were watering.  We are so proud of it, it may never be eaten.  The others are still swelling and reddening on the tree.  It’s called Red Windsor.

 

 

IMG_0588Next up are the runner beans – really suffering from the heat and the lack of rain.  Although I’ve been watering them a fair bit, they’re really not happy.  I have to watch them like a hawk and dash out and pick the ‘not-quite-ready’ pods as soon as they are a reasonable size, because if I blink they become stringy, rough, misshapen horrors, bulging with fat bean seeds.  They are also now smothered in blackfly, the only upside of which is that there are lots and lots of ladybirds in residence, together with their weird larvae.  In a normal year we would be eating these two or three times a week (the beans, not the ladybirds), at the moment we’re lucky to get one serving.

IMG_0589Another sorry story in waiting are the plums.  Victoria.  This little tree is very reliable and gives us a good crop every year.  I have already thinned these twice and will have to get in there again.  Last year 50% of the crop was lost to brown rot and it looks like being a similar story this year.  If anyone knows how I might protect them please let me know.  I love plums and it breaks my heart to see them going squishy and mouldy before they can even ripen.

 

 

This lovely thing has cheered me up no end.  It is one of about half a dozen beautiful, bright sunflowers that have appeared below the bird feeders.  So, serendipitous sunflowers that brighten a dark little corner by the pond.  We always have the feeders in this spot over the winter, but we have never had sunflowers before – linseed flowers, grass, oats of some sort crop up regularly, but these are the best of the accidentals and deserves a big picture.IMG_0587

IMG_0586This is one of my husband’s succulent plants.  I think I’ve said before that I don’t find them particularly appealing and I’ve no idea what it is, but it has these interesting flowers and is one of the few things loving the dry, hot weather.  So hurrah! for the succulents of this world.  If things carry on like this it looks as though I shall have to learn to love them.

 

 

 

IMG_0585And lastly is this little clematis which I thought I had lost in the Beast from the East over the winter.  It’s a bit feeble, but I am delighted to see it.  Last year it was a mass of these feathery purple and white blooms and repeat flowered all through the summer.  The flowers last for ages too.  I think it is clematis sieboldiana.  Welcome back, you beauty.

That’s it for this week.  Soon it will be autumnal pictures, but let’s not think about that!

The Optimistic Gardener

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