Six on Saturday

We have had a minor disaster this week in that strong winds (not even a storm, but a gust of strong wind during some heavy rain) felled one of my favourite apple trees. Both in 2017 and in 2018 it was also our most productive tree so a big loss.

Annie Elizabeth tree

Annie Elizabeth apple tree

Here in the west of Ireland we have had a very wet spell with what feels like constant rain. So while there are good blackberries and autumn raspberries, many are going rotten because of the rain.

Blackberries

Blackberries

We have a reasonable crop of cob nuts, but each year we loose a lot to nut weevil grubs. We wait to see what this year brings.

Cob nut

Cob nut

It’s all a bit negative isn’t it – so here is some positive news. The chicks are growing. They have been moved out to the polytunnel during the day, and are enjoying consuming chickweed which tends to seed itself in the poly and greenhouse!!

Growing chicks

Growing chicks

While in County Clare I really saw the value of scabious as a pollinator plant. We do have a small patch of wild devils-bit scabious but it is one thing I will try and grow more of next year. I also hope to try out some of the cultivated forms too.

 

Finally for this weeks six, Osteospermum. In one of my previous gardens, this plant did really well, but it has failed to thrive here in the west. This time I bought a potted plant and just re-potted it in a larger pot. And this is its second flowering. I will over winter in the greenhouse or polytunnel and maybe keep it as a pot plant for next year.

Osteospermum

Osteospermum

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

 

18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday

  1. afrenchgarden

    I am very sorry about your apple tree but very jealous of your rain. I have not enjoyed my garden as usual because of the heat and lack of rain. Oddly someone gave me a packet of wild scabious seeds yesterday! Amelia

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  2. nanacathy2

    It’s sad about the apple tree especially as has been such a good one, but that’s life! We have had a few windy days here, but not so much rain. Last few days have been sunny but with a nip in the air. I am trying to keep up with the plums at the moment.

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  3. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    So sorry about your apple tree, I hope you’ll be able to plant a new one that will give you a good harvest 💚 Your blackberries look way ahead of ours and it’s lovely to see how well the chicks are doing 🤗💖🐤 xxx

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  4. dust4y

    Can’t believe the wind blew your lovely tree over. Was it a rare variety and will you replace it with the same?
    Have promised myself to get seeds only from wild organic sources if I can – so it’s scabious and your lovely osteospermum..

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