Last weekend I motivated myself enough to mow the lawn, which suddenly badly needed it. I think I’ve maybe mowed it 5 or 6 times this year? It has grown so slowly in the drought conditions it just hasn’t needed it. That era is over, it seems. Nice and green, lush even, now. I also shinned up a ladder to deal with the unruly virginia creeper. The front of the house looks tidier as a result, and daylight is once more reaching the bathroom.

I have recovered sufficiently from my injury to take on a 50 mile race today, I will be jogging my way around the Chilterns and will be incommunicado for the duration. While I’m off doing that, you can all do Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week…

1 – Hollyhock seed capsule. I’ve acquired a few volunteer hollyhocks this year, and no wonder. Each tall stem has a few dozen of these tommy-gun magazines, and each one of those holds dozens of seeds. It’s a wonder I don’t live in a hollyhock forest.

2 – Hydrangea, no variety given, “black something” if I recall rightly. Diamond maybe? I bought this earlier in the year and it has struggled, to be honest. It’s in a pot on the patio so didn’t get enough water, then perhaps because of the dark leaves, it was munched by something. With cooler, wetter weather it has staged something of a recovery. I might put it in a bigger pot next year.

3 – Geranium ‘Wargrave Pink’. I think I planted this last year and it hasn’t exactly thrived. Geraniums seem to be like clematis for me – either they’re really happy, or they’re a bit crap. Hopefully this one will settle in and grow on a bit.

4 – Verbena bananarama. There’s a house round the corner that has a great drift of these in their otherwise rather sparse front garden. I’ve always been rather envious of the cloud of purple they have floating 4 ft above the gravel all summer. Trying to replicate the effect, I’ve planted a few and am happy to let them self-seed, a trait for which they are justly famous but consistently reluctant to do in my garden.

5 – Geranium ‘Rosanne’. Talking of happy geraniums…

6 – Rose ‘Caribbean Dawn’. Last year this patio rose had grown very wonky. In a bid to straighten it out, I pruned it hard. It’s now just wonky in a different direction. Suffering with its cell mates in a pot on the patio over the summer, it is now grudgingly flowering again.

That’s your lot! If you’d like to have a go, just publish your post and pop a link to it in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be triffic. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.

Have a great weekend, I hope you get more gardening done than I will!

I’ll be back next time with another #SixOnSaturday.

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