#SixOnSaturday: Horticultural no-brainers

I’m back – did you miss me?! I’ve realised that somewhat inevitably the point in the year in which there’s actually moderately interesting stuff to blog about, there’s also too much else going on to be able to carve out the time!

There were all manner of things I could have included in this week’s #Six but I decided to keep it simple and focus on the allotment.

It turns out that I love growing flowers for cutting. I haven’t been able to grow the range of flowers I’d hoped for this year but the things I have grown – cosmos and sunflowers in particular – have, frankly, been a revelation. And they’ve turned out to be way more resilient than I’d anticipated, given how infrequently I’ve been around to water and cut them.

Inevitably, labels have gone walkabout, some dug up by digging creatures, I have no doubt. A lesson from my first year of allotmenting: there’s a reason people use those nice big black labels that you write on with chalk paint pens. They’re on the list for next year.

However, I’m fairly certain these sunflowers  are a mixture of Sunburst and Evening Sun. I’ve also grown Little Dorrit. All three have been excellent.

The cosmos are Tetra Versailles, Apricotta and Xanthos and they’ve been far more productive than the Dazzler, Sensation and Purity that I also grew.

And then there’s my extremely confused Braeburn apple tree!!! The fact that it and its pear, cherry and plum friends are still alive is nothing short of a miracle.

Or is it…?

Plot 35

Beds 1 (strawberries), 2 (blueberries and cranberries), 3 and 4 (raspberries)
Beds 5 (sweet pea frame denuded of sweet peas) and 6 (cosmos Tetra Versailles, Apricotta and Xanthos)

I’ve learnt A LOT about gardening this year but I think the biggest lesson is one of those ridiculous no-brainer ones: plants want to grow.

Beds 7 (cornflowers) and 8 (watch this space!)
Beds 9 (cosmos Purity, Dazzler and Sensation) and 10 (calendula, rudbeckia and nigella)

I’ve realised that as gardeners, we sometimes get so caught up in what we think we need to do is that we forget that plants are perfectly capable of growing without human intervention.

Beds 11 (squashes and sunflowers) and 12 (spuds and strawberries)
Fruit trees and bed 13 (nasturtiums)

Yes, if we want to grow specific stuff in a specific place we need to get involved, and that’s the joy of being a gardener. But we can get our knickers in a twist about what we perceive as our indispensibility and this year – and particularly my experience of being an absent allotment-holder during a drought – had reminded me that we probably need to just chill out a bit!!!

Beds 14 (the one that got away!) and 15 (dahlias)

That’s quite enough for this week!! Head to The Propagtor‘s blog to see what’s going on in other gardens in the UK and beyond! And happy gardening!


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7 thoughts on “#SixOnSaturday: Horticultural no-brainers

  1. Lovely sunflowers 🌻 they are quite hardy. I also have issues with labels around my garden. One year I bought these metal ones, but they got lost in the undergrowth and mangled in the mower! Now I keep a map with the plant names in a garden journal!

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    1. Thank you! That’s a great tip for labels – thank you! More recently I’ve been taking photos of new sowings with the labels or seed packets in the right place so I have something to refer back to. Now I just need to remember that I’ve taken the photos!


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