It’s Saturday so it’s time for…dun dun
I can not believe we are still having harvests but these appear to have found a second life. They are starting to come down with mildew though so they will be pulled soon. During the extreme heat there was nothing but then all of a sudden they
Beetroot / G
Well, okay, this is a photo of beetroot leaves in my sink but they were just so delicious looking I had to snap them. I guess this post is more of a way of celebrating harvests because we have had many a meal from this greenhouse and I think it deserves a place in my six. Does anyone love those colourful stalks as much as I do?
I really do not give this shrub enough credit. It has been looking fantastic this year and at the moment it’s delicate flowers are dancing in the sunlight and slight breeze. It is actually worth giving it the time to prune properly because this year the growth and flowers have been amazing.
Can we take a moment to just celebrate those beautiful seed heads appearing in our gardens and hedgerows? As much as I adore colour there is something beautiful about the delicate pods dancing in the breeze. I have been collecting seed heads not only to spread the flower around my garden but to make little autumnal displays a way to bring the outdoors in
The last of the bedding plants are giving a burst of autumnal colour to the beds. My garden is a sea of falling leaves and green with little pops of colour from these beautiful marigolds and then some snapdragons adding their petals to the last hurrah before winter arrives.
Fatsia (Fake Castor Oil)
The reason this is here is for Mr. Propagator himself. I realised that in my posts I tend to neglect the mature plants in my garden mostly because I neglect them. This fatsia is beautiful and lends evergreen colour to just outside the conservatory making you think that as you stand there the garden is always full and green and lush. We had to severely reduce it’s size over 3 years so that we could open our conservatory doors. (we bought the house that way, I didn’t allow the monster to get that big. Also this guy is hiding a rather large green water butt with it’s leaves. It does get attacked by leaf spot (my guess is due to overcrowding in my garden) but as long as you stay on top of it they are beautiful plants that really shine when everything else is sleeping.
That’s it from me this week. I hope you are all out enjoying the good weather here this weekend. We will be
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Since we have so many other greens to dine on right now, I’ve been giving all my beet greens to the chickens — and they are WILD about them! I’m in full agreement about the potentilla. This year ours continue to bloom as well. We’ve got pink and various yellows. Your white is pretty.
oh I bet the chickens love those leaves. We give leaves to the bunny but I forgot to succession sow our greens so I ran out but I’m about to turn over the greenhouse this week as work is a little calmer and I can get out there.
Young leaves of beetroot are so tender and tasty… A salad with them, rocket plant, sliced radish, cheese, cherry toms and of course balsamic vinegar+olive oil… Bon appétit !
Otherwise, your fatsia looks so nice and healthy : lovely!
My radish didn’t do well this year for some reason. I may need to turnover the soil in that bed. I agree, I love freshly picked salad from the greenhouse. The fatsia didn’t always look that way, it did come back much healthier after the pruning/disease removal.
Can you eat beet leaves? They do look so delicious. I’m a recent convert to fatsia myself. Yours is looking hale & healthy. I found the pruned stems quite useful as supports, etc., in the garden. Quite sturdy & slow to decay, even when laying on the ground.
You can eat beet leaves, similar to chard and spinach and perfect as a lemony stir fry greens. Jamie Oliver has a delicious recipie on his site. These accompanied some sweet potato, carrot and courgette rosti and roasted baby beetroot …yum.
Now I did not think about Fatsia stems as supports 🤔
I am a convert to marigold this year. Cinnabar in particular has been great, flowering like mad for months.
Mine came in quite late so I’ll look for some earlier varieties next year and colours. There is a white in particular that I’d love to add here. And I have no chrysanthemums!
We have a Fatsia too and you are quite right it provides year round interest!
I don’t think I would ever have chosen it but glad to inherit it in this garden.