Six on Saturday, 8 May 2021

33 thoughts on “Six on Saturday, 8 May 2021”

  1. Your garden looks so clean and tidy! What a nice job… Here also the Cox Orange apple tree is growing quietly ( I only have one, not espaliers ) and the flowers have been arriving a few days late compared to other trees. They won’t have frozen either, which is not the case with all my fruit trees …

  2. Hi Fred – that’s so sad – what got frosted with you? I think our cherries and pears were alright but I’m not sure. Thanks for the compliment. It warms my heart to actually have someone describe the garden as tidy. Mostly thanks to my husband, I’m afraid! He’s a treasure …

  3. Nice to see you again Cathy. I think your espaliers look great! And what a wonderful transformation in the orchard, this area will look amazing in a few years time as the borders mature. The FMNs look perfectly at home. I hope we will see more of your wonderful garden this year.

    1. Thanks so much. The garden did take a step forward this year with the man about the house able to concentrate on it. Usually it’s just me!

    1. You are very sweet. Of course, we gave up many things that most people would not give up in order to have this garden. Home, family, etc. etc. I do love it – but sometimes question my mad thinking!

    1. There are three rampart walls, dropping down in stages to the lower part of the garden. If only someone hadn’t tried to rescue them quickly by slapping concrete on them! The others are actually better, the one in the Mirror Garden is the most unsightly.

      1. There is nothing like that in California. The native people who used to live here built nothing to be permanent. Only their shelmounds, which were trash piles that included shells from shellfish, lasted long enough to be noticed during modern times. Most were destroyed before anyone knew or cared what they were. The Spanish arrived less than five centuries ago, and did not build much during the first half of the time that they were here. When they started to build permanent buildings about two and a half centuries ago, they build only a few. Those few buildings were constructed with adobe, so were mostly destroyed by earthquakes or weather since then. Except for the few remaining Spanish buildings from the Eighteenth Century, most of the oldest buildings here were constructed during the Gold Rush in 1849, or just prior, and there are not many. Buildings from the end of the Victorian Period that survived the Great Earthquake are considered to be very old. (Some insist that the Victorian Period lasted longer here because so many of the old Victorian homes of San Francisco were build after the Great Earthquake in 1906.)

  4. I can see you have had a lot of rain by the amount of water flowing in your stream. Your garden is looking beautifully green. I am a big fan of Piet Oudolf’s gardening ideas and am trying to create that kind of garden myself, with mixed results.

    1. I must get over and see your lovely garden Jane – yes, the river is high. First spring we’ve had like this since I moved here. It’s been such a treat to sow seed and not to have to continually water afterwards!

    1. Thanks so much – have been having a long break, as you’ll have noticed. Grafting is easy – but very fiddly and since I’m not the greatest ‘fiddler’ on the planet, not quite sure how to take my new semi-skill forwards!

  5. What a lovely catch up – thank you! I too am very impressed with your grafted apples, which look very professional (but there again, I think you have done it professionally, have you not? 😉)

    1. So sweet, Cathy. But you always are. I didn’t actually do grafting professionally (I used to look after a woodland garden/herbaceous plants and when I was a propagator it was tender perennials. Grafting is not something I think I’m ever going to be good at. But so satisfying and clearly not so difficult if even a less than precise person like me can achieve success.

  6. I’ve been absent from garden blogging for over a year, and now I come back to find my friends’ gardens have grown so much and are looking so lovely… Yours is no exception, Cathy; it’s clear the garden is enjoying the rain and general attention it’s getting! 😉 The espaliered apples are marvelous. I can only hope I will someday have the nerve and energy to try budding fruit trees! Your forget-me-nots are so special too. I had assumed they were common in France also, but apparently not so much? I look forward to seeing poppies and larkspur along the wall… sounds so perfect!

    1. Sorry to have taken forever to reply Amy. We all need to take breaks from time to time. Yes, forget-me-nots are common, but these cultivated ones are larger and showier, so I’m treasuring them – and they’ve self-seeded. From the leaves, I think they are going to stick to type rather than reverting to the daintier, less impressive, wildling.

    1. I am so sorry to have taken half a year to respond to you Cathy. Really, really, sorry. It’s been a tricky year and I’ve been a bit ‘off’ blogging. Trying to ‘do more’ (again!). Glad you enjoyed the article – I always enjoy your posts!

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