Six on Saturday

We had a lovely bright October morning this morning and I got time to do a few gardening jobs, though I am well behind.

  1. My asters are both flowering. One is in a pot and the other hidden by some other plants but they are lovely shades of purple and pink. I had bought them as a late pollinator plants but the few bees that are still about are ignoring them, and using the comfrey instead.

2. Aronia is at its best colour now, the only pity is that these beautiful red leaves fall quickly. We have no fruit on these this year – the first year they have failed to fruit. So the blackbirds are probably disappointed as they usually consume most of them!

Aronia

Aronia

3. Despite my earlier pessimism the squash and pumpkin have got to a good size. The biggest pumpkin is huge, but there are four others which are the perfect size for carving. The squash of which there are three and about football size, so quite happy with that, though no where near my best squash year, it is better than last year.

4. Ragged Jack kale is one of those plants that seem to thrive in our climate. I allow them to self seed and we have plenty. The chicks are enjoying them too.

Ragged Jack kale

Ragged Jack kale

5. This lupin self seeded itself on the patio, and it is flowering now!!

Lupin

Lupin

6. Oxalis – this hasn’t flowered for a couple of years, but the leaves still come up and are very pretty.

oxalis

oxalis

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

25 thoughts on “Six on Saturday

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes the lupin started late, it surprised me that it flowered. I was wondering if I should try sowing some in late spring to flower in the autumn for next year??

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      1. Eliza Waters

        I’ve always thought to sow them in the fall to cold stratify for growth later in spring. But who knows? Spring sowing may yield late summer blooms. So long as the plant has time to go dormant, it might be fine. Experiencia docet! 😉

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  1. nanacathy2

    Like everyoe else I impressed wiith the lupin, first for self seedig and second for flowering in October. All flowers are very welcome in the garden in October. Some of my roses are having a final flourish.

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  2. dust4y

    What a beautiful array. Hurrah for your self-seeding lupin and good old comfrey which is still supporting the bees. What an unusual variety of kale – would it grow over herr?

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  3. janesmudgeegarden

    I just love lupins. I planted some seed earlier in Spring, but they were very slow to germinate, and haven’t grown much since I planted them out. Perhaps I’ll have to wait until Autumn for them to flower. Your pumpkins are gorgeously golden and healthy. A feast for the eyes.

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  4. Lora Hughes

    I’ve been nursing my lupins thru the S&S wars, had many casualties, ended the summer w/2 viable plants but no flowers, & yours grows unperturbed on the patio. I’m throwing in my trowel. Oh wait . . . pink asters . . . maybe I should grow those . . . where’s my seed catalogue?

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes the slugs and snails do like them. Once you get them established they seem to do okay, at least that is my experience. And I have no shortage of slugs or snails🙂

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  5. afrenchgarden

    I have pumpkin envy, mine went on strike this year. My asters are a magnet for bees and butterflies. Don’t give them up. It probably depends on the weather for a particular year. I must try comfrey again, another of my failures. Amelia

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes I will keep trying the asters, it is so nice to have late colour. comfrey is a real favourite for the bees in my garden and the flowers just keep coming🙂

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