Thanks for all your good wishes last week, I had an excellent race, 50 miles in a loop round the Chilterns. The injury I picked up in the previous race behaved itself until quite close to the end. Much fun was had, believe it or not. I have a couple of months off before the next one, so there is a decent chance I’ll get some gardening done. If I’m not out training, eating or snoozing.

Last weekend I got the lawn mowed again and that was it. This weekend I have half an idea I’ll tackle some of the bindweed which has become rampant in various places, seemingly undeterred by the drought. In the meantime, it’s time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, you decide!

Here are my Six….

1 – Alchemella mollis. It rained a little early this morning, the water beading nicely on the tiny hairs of the Lady’s Mantle leaf.

2 – Monarda seedhead. Of the several varieties of plant I bought and eventually planted this year, these are the only ones I have some confidence in. The others I fear did not survive the double whammy of drought and neglect this summer.

3 – Teasel. Persistent bugger. They grew quite big over the summer when I wasn’t mowing, but I cut them back to size with the mower the last few weeks. They are gamely putting out new growth. I should dig them up properly. Can you see the slug hiding under a leaf?

4 – Geranium ‘Dreamland’. Minding its own business in the shady border. Winner.

5 – Salvia ‘Hot Lips’. Every year I threaten to dig this thug up, but at this time of year, with little else flowering, I’ll take it.

6 – Fuchsia, bog standard one. ‘Mrs Popple’, maybe. Whoever it is, they are being photobombed, and in danger of being strangled, by the dreaded bindweed. Why can’t the slugs and snails eat that?

Those are my Six, what are yours? 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 splendid. For more details you can read the brief participant’s guide.

Enjoy your garden, downhill to winter now!

I’ll be back next weekend for another #SixOnSaturday.

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