Six on Saturday

Just a pretty Poly to welcome you all on this dreary, windy and wet Saturday morning. Thankfully, my finger and toe crossing worked and we came off relatively unscathed after Eunice came in like a wrecking ball yesterday. Just one piece of broken glass, two lost floor mats and an upturned wheelie bin. All roof tiles intact, all fence panels still in place and, best of all, no lasting damage to my garden plants or greenhouse.

I am sure we are all familiar with emerging Delphiniums, the gourmet food of slugs at this time of year. I don’t have many for that very reason. I just can’t bear the sight of munched plants and try to avoid hostas and other such slug and snail delicacies rather than use chemical solutions. However, discussing this with a friend recently, I was presented with this:

Delphinium requienii, a hardy biennial form from the South of France with thicker shiny leaves which slugs avoid! It grows on my friends allotment and is a prolific self-seeder there. It might as well be perennial, she says, because its offspring come true every year from seed. Different flowers from both perennial Delphinium and a different genus from annual Larkspur, this should become a permanent resident of my sunny herbaceous border.

The tall, late flowering, dark blue Agapanthus, which was becoming swamped beside a burgeoning Pittosporum tenuifolium, has been lifted and divided into 4 quarters this week, each one now in its own large pot. It didn’t seem to notice being hoicked out of the ground, sliced up with a spade and moved to a new home. It has continued to put on new shoots and is apparently perfectly happy.

On Monday, my Valentine’s Day present to my darling wife arrived on a lorry. 1000 litres of beautiful, dark, crumbly recycled green waste soil improver. She was not impressed. I tried to explain that this was the ultimate eco friendly, recycled, low carbon footprint alternative to red roses flown in from Kenya but she was having none of it. Looks like I will have it all to myself!

If anyone is interested in treating the other half to a similar gift, it came delivered on a pallet lorry from Earth Cycle in Chichester and this is their website.{Bing}&Medium={cpc}&msclkid=99a752d3052c147231bd30c3cc99b51d

That’s it for this week. Next week I will be sharing some information about my new website all about my Tradescantia Collection which you can follow if you wish.

Have a safe weekend


8 thoughts on “Six on Saturday

  1. Good to know about Delphinium requienii. I think it would take a very special sort of sweetheart to appreciate your niche Valentine’s gift, but thanks for the info, I shall look them up.

    • Glad you found it useful. My other pet hate about delphiniums is that even after you get them through the slug eating phase and up into the air, tied to a support, a gust of wind can easily snap the flower spikes! However, D. requienii is shorter and stockier so should be an improvement. Seeds apparently available mail order from Chiltern Seeds and others.

  2. I hope your wife got someting similarly appropriate for you on Valentine’s day. A spa day, perhaps. Or a beautiful piece of clothing that she could “borrow”.

  3. Oh that is just the present for me, I would even barrow it round and appreciate each bucket as I spread it round the garden! Once asked by some farming friends what I would like as a house warming present..I said a trailer load of well rooted manure for my brand new garden. No joke I was thrilled when one turned up plus three strapping lads to help me cover the garden. None of the neighbours could understand why for years onwards I had the best garden!

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