Six on Saturday - May 1, 2021

 The garden's growing, the weather's warm, the A to Z Challenge of April is over... so, here's my Six on Saturday.  Thanks to The Propagator for this weekly event where we share six things related to gardens.  It can be your garden, or ones you've visited, or plans you have, or trees you've seen...  just six things related to plants and gardening!  Come on!    You can do it!

Today, the first day of May (Already?  It feels as if spring just started, and now summer begins next month!) is also "Anything Goes" Pink Saturday, which my #6 certainly is. 

1 - New Deck Umbrella

The fabric on my old turquoise umbrella was rotted when I got it out this year.  No surprise, it was about 15 years old! This one is just from Winco, but it has a crank and tilts which my other didn't.  I expect the crank feature to break long before another 15 years.  I liked the yellow stripe best, but the house is yellow, so went with something more of a contrast.

2 - Honesty or Money Plant (Lunaria)

This grew from seed sown last year, and was my Pollinator Garden Mystery of 2020.  There's always one!  I'm not a huge fan.  I see that some might be fond of the seed pods, but the plant itself is rangy and weedy looking once it starts blooming.  When the plant was young it was pretty, and I ordered seeds.  I put them away to deal with next year.  Or, this fall I guess.

3 - Snail

I have very few snails.  I tore out most of my gaura from the front yard (really spreading and seeding), and there were snails in it.  Then, this morning I was out early enough to catch one in the Pollinator Garden, right there with the evidence it had Chinese Forget-me-Not for dinner!  I put it in the compost heap.  Snails are actually fascinating creatures.  My daughter would strongly disagree.

4 - Spittle Bug

Unless you have a huge infestation, a spittle bug, or froghopper, won't do much damage.  But, their "spit" nests are unsightly, which is why I remove them.  It's the nymphs that live in the froth.  This one was pretty far along in its lifecycle, sometimes they can't crawl yet.  It was on a godetia seedling. 

Want something prettier than spittle bugs and snails?

5 - White Linen California Poppy

Hopefully there will be more to follow, I sowed hundreds of white, red, and purple poppy seeds, in addition to the orange.  The foliage of the white are a bit purple, so I'll watch for that.

6 - Pink Flowers
 New pink flowers blooming this week.  Russell Lupine, Bachelor Buttons, and Heuchera Baby Bells™ "Lime Swizzle"

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Remember, if you are in need of seeds, or even if you aren't, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is donating all the proceeds from their online seed orders through May 3rd to aid COVID-19 in India.   India is having a terrible time right now. (It's free shipping in North American too.)

https://www.rareseeds.com/covid-relief-india



 

 


Comments

  1. That white linen poppy is sumptious. Unlike some other poppies this one looks freshly ironed. I've been popping vine weevil this afternoon. That is a bug you hardly saw a few years ago, these days, I am surprised if a pot doesn't have any.

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    1. Maybe its name has a double meaning, the color and how linen needs to be ironed! Just the sound of "vine weevil" is icky! I am not familiar with them! I just had to look them up, and we have more root weevils. Look at those little weevil noses! I found an insect the other day I didn't recognize. Fortunately I look up mysterious insects before killing them, because it was a good-guy, a soldier beetle. Didn't look good!

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  2. I love your Six on Saturday, well maybe not the spittle bugs lol. Your new umbrella is a nice one and I do like the contrast. Have a great weekend Lisa. :)

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    1. I love participating in Six on Saturday! Hey, give it a go! Just six things, some people don't even add text, just six photos.

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  3. Such a pretty collection of flowers at the end of your post. I have lots of the orange California poppy, but would love to add the white one too. Must look out for it.

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    1. I have found the white and red CA poppies don't germinate as well, and rarely come back, but that might just be me! At least you get hundreds of seeds in a packet, usually. Then if a few grow, great. Maybe birds eat my seeds, I just toss them.

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  4. Snails ARE fascinating creatures and we have a love hate relationship. They love all the fresh young seedlings I plant for them and I hate them for chewing off all the tops and just leaving stalk. They remind me of a fox in a henhouse.

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    1. Ha! If I had a henhouse, I'd hate foxes I supposed. Around here it would be more likely to have raccoons, and they are brutal to hens, reaching through the wire and pulling their heads right off. They are far from cute little creatures! But, I don't have hens. Too much work.

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  5. Just like Jim, another Sixter, you talked about Honesty too this weekend. They are very pretty flowers, not to mention also the seed pods that will be arriving here soon. (I see you already have them)
    This White Linen California Poppy is beautiful and very elegant

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    1. Yes, pretty at first, then the plant gets tall and rangy.

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  6. Looks like your garden is full of fascinating details - good on you for noticing them! (And thanks for sharing them :) )

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    1. Yes, I spend a lot of time poking around in the small stuff!

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  7. Love your photos, Lisa! Glad to have found you. Your lupine are far ahead of mine, so I will attempt to figure out exactly where you're gardening by reading more of your posts... Hahaha! I appreciate the mention of Baker Creek and their generosity.

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    1. "Exactly?" I hope I don't give out that many clues! I'm in zone 8b, in the Rogue Valley. The northern end, not Ashland, which gets colder I think. At least I know they get more snow when there's snow here. Today, May 8, I have a photo of my pink Russell lupine. My purple is already done for the year. Too short a season for it really, for such a large space taking plant.

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