Thursday 12 September 2019

Sorting and saving

It's not just the bushy tailed who are squirrelling things away, I'm busy collecting seed and making cuttings from various plants in the garden. I always take some rose cuttings, just bunging a length of stalk into a pot or a spare bit of ground and hoping that it will strike. The red rose is from a bouquet that I had for Valentine's Day and the pale pink rose in the foreground from a small bunch of roses bought at Aldi last winter.
I collect any ripe flower seed so that I'll have plenty for the local annual seed swap. Nature is generous, a vast amount of seed is produced. I've put the hollyhock stems in the greenhouse ready to be stripped and bagged up. I'll sow some seed straight away to overwinter in the greenhouse and provide fresh plants in the spring. 
Himself has been busy edging the paths

and clearing out weeds (and flowers!) from the cracks.
It's cold at night and I've put the citrus trees back undercover. They will stay inside now until the weather warms up again next year. (Like me, they always get a bit peaky after a long winter!)
The new water butts are all full
and I'm still picking flowers from the garden.
It's amazing what one small packet of seeds will create.
These are spider asters from a seed swap packet
They are rather odd, but I like the pastel colours mixed with some 'Chatsworth' sweet peas.


  1. New hair-do I see. Glammy. Did the gardener do that as well?

    1. Do you mean 'granny'? It's the same hair, just tied back out of the way, can't call it a 'do' or a style exactly. I'm the gardener around this place and have been known to attack my fringe with the scissors when it gets annoying and starts to bang in my eyes.

  2. I have started collecting seeds and will be taking cuttings soon. Your gardens are so beautiful and reflect all the hard (and loving) work you do in it.

    1. The garden is actually very messy, especially at this time of year - so much tidying up to do and not enough hours in the day!

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    1. Thank you, Susan, the garden is a source of great pleasure.

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    1. Thank you, Merle. I'm glad you are enjoying some lovely spring weather. Some lovely weather here also.

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