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.)