Six on Saturday - late March 2019

Welcome to my Six on Saturday.

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My Six aren't quite "amazing" this week!

1 - Silly borage!  I had two plants last year, which naturally went to seed.  Volunteers came up instantly, and most surprisingly survived the winter, although with ragged leaves.  
Now, even the smallest volunteer has flower bud clusters!

2 - The common orange daylilies ("ditch lilies") are growing like weeds, or like ditch lilies, I guess.
They are flatter in form than my named daylily varieties.  I bought these from a woman in Missouri who listed them on
They don't call it "selling" though.  The seeds and plants are available free for the shipping charges.  Something to do with seed exchange laws.

3 - A beautiful weed!  Storksbill, or cutleaf filaree.  It's a member of the geranium family, originally from the Mediterranean region.   It came to North America in the 18th century, where it's made itself quite at home.  
It it were growing in my far back yard, where I let nearly anything grow, it could stay.  Unfortunately, it's out front near the sidewalk.

4 - The storksbill is what I grew up calling "scissor" weed.  It's named for the fact some people think the seeds look like storks, but they better look like scissors when you poke one through another!  They even have the scissor movement... snip, snip, snip!

5 - You can't really see well by the photograph, but I thought it was pretty how this view has yellow (forsythia), white (a sucker plum bush), and pink (flowering quince) all in one glance.  In real-life
viewing the colors are much brighter.  Oh, that terrible bamboo needs its regular spring hacking... it came with the house. I'd advise you to never plant bamboo!

6 - My mints have all survived the winter!  Well, I can't say for sure the banana mint has, yet, but there seems to be a small living green bump just breaking the soil surface!  There were too many for a Six on Saturday post (yes, I collect mints), so I'll just mention the woolly apple mint and leave the others for another day.
The woolly apple mint is one of the first things I foolishly planted in the original herb garden back in 2012.  Oh, it's really not as bad as they say, invasive-wise. Mine has moved out of the herb garden proper, into the paths and unused areas around the bed.  Moved as in, underground runners are popping up 6', 7', even 8' from the "mother" plant area! 

That's my Six on this cloudy damp Saturday.


  1. Great photo of the borage! I grew a cutting, but it didn’t survive the heavy frost we had last winter. Note to self: grow another. Storksbill looks like a pretty weed and one I wouldn’t mind having in my garden.

    1. Thanks. I saw a photo online of someone who had the storksbill in a pot with a plant that looked ugly once it was done blooming. I let pretty weeds flower in my far back yard. There are so many worth keeping.

  2. I had borage when I had an allotment, it seemed to last a year but self seed

    1. Yes, borage is an annual. Last year was my first growing it, so I doubted it would self-seed as reported. But, it did, and more! I just thought the seeds would wait until spring to germinate the new crop. It's where it can grow all it wants, but it has to compete with the volunteer millions of lemon balm.

  3. Borage is a right pain but not as bad as that mint! I can do without plants randomly turning up 6 or 8 feet away. Do you let it spread? Will it take over the whole garden?

    1. My herb garden is surrounded by unused bark chipped areas, so the woolly apple mint spreading is fine. So far it wants to spread away from the herb bed, so I let it. Only a small bit still grows in its original place, near oregano and thyme. It was just a cute little baby plant!
      The borage is lucky it's in an unused, unplanted area too! The seedlings are easy to pull out, unlike the mint with it's long runners! They're not deep anyway.

  4. Wooly apple mint sounds charming. Does it smell apply? I hope it does.

    1. It's more like a mild spearmint. Maybe a little apply. I just tore a leaf to check! If you want a mint that smells exactly like the fruit it's named for, get strawberry mint! It's amazing! Sweet pear mint smells nasty, at least to me! Pineapple mint is nice too, but not as pineapply as strawberry is strawberry -y! Like those strawberry candies with the goo inside, with the wrappers like strawberries. Woolly apple mint is very tall, 3' or so, and lots of flower spikes. Mine always gets powdery mildewy at the end of summer.


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