Six on Saturday – The Cupboard Isn’t Bare

Earlier this week, my old man said follow the van and don’t dilly dally on the way. Never one to miss the opportunity for a little van following, off we scooted to South Wales, hot-tailing a Luton full of plants from our garden. These cherished ones are now residing in my brother’s garden, where I am sure they are being tended and cherished as if they were his own. Or perhaps his lovely wife is in charge of the T & C. I am confident they will be quite safe for the scant four weeks we have before we leave here. I mean what could go wrong in 4 weeks? Perhaps it is best not to dwell on the subject. Do not fear, my friends, there is plenty left in the garden to share in this week’s Six on Saturday and lots more to come. More spring/autumn madness, hemisphere dependent, can be found with The Prop and the gang, pop over and take a look. Shall we proceed?

First, we have my mini-greenhouse, emptied of its precious cargo, now holding a pair of my wellies and a pair of ousted trainers. Oh, and a couple of pots of late/early cuttings: big purple penstemon and a double purple osteo. These need a keener eye than the transported ones.

Next is the bronze fennel, yes, the one that I spent many happy hours removing every single piece of from The Bed of Anarchy. The moral of this story is that when you name a border you have to accept the consequences. And this glorious thug will follow us. Many of the pots that have been stored below are already blooming a purple skirt of seedlings.

Onto Lavandula pinnata which has strolled through winter, flowering intermittently whilst cocking a snook to the season. I forgot to take any cuttings, and it is too late now I suppose, still it might come my way again.

Now an osteospermum which had been in a pot, but has now been transferred into the garden. The flower is looking a little cold nipped; still a beauty though. I have had to make painful decisions as to which to abandon and which to take with me. It is happy here, so best left to its Devon destiny.

Next, a wild strawberry, which I am quite sure will continue to delightfully pop up around the garden. I have potted up some cultivated strawberries for the new owner, hopefully they will give her fruit this year.

Finally, Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’, nestled between the phlomis and hydrangea in The Frozen North. A little beauty and happy as Larry.

That is your lot. Same time, same place? Possibly different time, but same place. Take care my friends.

45 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – The Cupboard Isn’t Bare

  1. I see that I’m not the only one to use my greenhouse for shoes. As far as I’m concerned, it dries sneakers very well after they have been wet…
    Nice Lamprocapnos shot and good luck for the migration…

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  2. Love your stripey wellies! A bit of bronze fennel anarchy can’t be such a bad thing, they look great with almost everything. You seem to be very organised with your move – plants well taken care of and thought has gone into who will look after them pre-move – I wonder if it’s the same story with your furniture? 😉

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  3. Love the fancy wellies and the osteospermum. Wild strawberry flowers always remind me of strolls around the lanes back at the old Ancestral home in North Wales. Are you going to check on your plants at your brother’s via Skype/Zoom/Facetime over the next 4 weeks?

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  4. I greatly admire the lengths you have gone to with your garden move , sorry house move. It’s made me think how wedded I am to my own plants and I hope never to have to leave them. I may have to rename one of my bed the bed of anarchy. That did make me chuckle!

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    • I know, the neighbour across the road came across and said “you off then?”. It gave them a good laugh when I said “no, it is just my plants”. To be honest we did fit quite a few boxes of other stuff in too. I think it is a good name for certain borders …. 😀

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  5. Unfortunately, I find fennels of all kinds irresiatable, with their feathery foliage and wanton ways. Leaving a garden in other’s hands must be challening. I think of that from time to time when planting a raft of new acquisitions, hoping that the garden will attract the proper tender when the time comes. I wish you the best with your impending move.

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  6. Despite removing a very large bronze fennel and its very long tap root from my herb bed a couple of years ago, I have bought another one, but planted it in the other raised bed which holds a miscellany of plants, hopefully it will be better positioned there as it truly is a beautiful plant. I shall try and avoid it seeding though! I had to chuckle at the Luton van. When we moved here every visit we made after completion and before the actual moving date, the car was full of potted plants – the smaller ones that might have come to harm in the removal van. In fact the plants arrived here fine, which is better than some of the furniture!

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  7. I like the thought of the little wild strawberry. I too have one left over from my days of volunteering in the garden of Kenilworth Castle. Gosh only four weeks before the big move. Bon courage.

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  8. Lots of difficult choices to make (and some, like the fennel, which disregard your choices anyway).

    ‘Valentine’ is an absolute beauty. I find it more vigorous than the species – I don’t know how it fares for you? I wrote a post about it recently, but it comes largely true from seed, which is rather jolly 🙂

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  9. There is something strange happening with WordPress and I can only see half the letters as I type, so hopefully I’m making sense. I have the same mini greenhouse as you, which lasted about five weeks in the sun and has since become a bird feeder of a kind until we can find a more salubrious one. I look forward to seeing posts from your new garden. Good luck with all the transplants, may they fare well in their new abode.

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  10. The Bed of Anarchy did make me laugh. There are a few of those here, usually with thugs added by me before I knew better. Perhaps I had best avoid Bronze Fennel. That’s a lovely Lamprocapnos. I hope all goes well with your preparations for the move.

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  11. I had forgotten all about that Fennel…hmm. Love it and the greenhouse, new to me, I think I may need one next winter. What is cock a snook? A Snook is a highly sought after local fish, know for being tasty..

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