Six on Saturday – 8th August 2020

Finally some sunshine today. Hoping that a little bit of heat will bring the runner beans on. They are only just coming.

The most existing new arrivals though are our new chicks! Just started hatching last night.

Another new arrival is this Dahlia. Not the one I thought I had bought, but still an interesting flower, and a carder bee did visit it today so should be good for pollinators. From searching online this one appears to be Dahlia Honka Black, but open to correction. It is the first time I have grown Dahlia. I have another but no sign of flower buds on that one yet. Unlike The Propagator I won’t be able to leave them in the soil to overwinter, so for ease I have put these in pots which I can move to the greenhouse or polytunnel.

Next this week, we are getting the odd rasperberry. I got a photo of this one just before I popped it into my mouth!

Next a busy bumblebee collecting pollen from the outside oregano.

And finally this week, American elderberry. It flowers much later that our native elderberry and so we rarely get any fruit. But the flowers are lovely.

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 8th August 2020

  1. March Picker

    Oh, I love raising chicks. Do you have a large flock of hens? Also out of curiosity, do you know the Latin name of the plant you call American Elderberry? Ours here in the states bloomed months ago. Sambucus racemosa?


    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      We have just 11, not not huge, and one duck who thinks he is a hen, he needs a new mate!t It is Sambuscus canadensis, I think.

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  2. Eliza Waters

    My sister gave me her dahlia tubers last year and coincidentally, I have the exact same one. It does make an interesting cut flower.
    That raspberry looked perfect – I love all things raspberry. ❤
    Your chick is adorable. So fun have new babies to raise. 🙂

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Well that is serendipity, having same dahlia. Yes it would make lovely cut flower. I can see it in one of your wonderful arrangements.

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  3. cavershamjj

    love the dahlia. not sure i’d grow it, but i love yours. we have also got the first of what will be just a few autumn raspberries. for a plant which is basically a spreading weed, i have the devils own job growing it, no idea why.

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