Six on Saturday – Hats and Hounds

It is Saturday again. I am having a blogging fest this week, participating in Cathy’s A Week in Flowers ( and today Jon’s Six on Saturday ( Follow either link to view the garden fun.

I am also gardening like mad as the reason for the winter popularity of South Florida becomes clear. Skies are crystal blue, the temperature is in the 70s (F) and low humidity. Gardening involves a lot of hanging around outside with my greyhounds, Zepp and Fiona. That is the hound part. Here is the hat part.

Meet the shrub Chinese Hat (Holmskioldia sanguinea). This is a very tough native of the lower Himalayas that does very well in my garden. They flower in winter and are great attractors of butterflies and hummingbirds. Here is a branch view:

The vegetable bag garden is starting to produce actual vegetables! I ate green beans and my first radish this week. The first cherry tomato of the season is getting ripe.

This is my first foray into Sunflowers, a dwarf variety I am looking forward to greeting soon, and cutting!

And here are my garden hounds, Fiona and Zepp. Not wearing Chinese Hats.

That is all the news from my garden. Happy Gardening!

21 comments on “Six on Saturday – Hats and Hounds

  1. Cathy says:

    Congratulations on the first tomato Amy! Love the portraits of your two hounds. 😃🐾🐾

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  2. Congrats on your veggies. I love the portraits of your dogs.

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  3. fredgardener says:

    Love the Chinese hats that I didn’t know. Cute doggies !

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  4. Yep. Another planet…that’s where you are.

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  5. I like those unusual hats! My sister was due to fly out to Florida last Thursday but changed her plans at the last minute. She was really looking forward to escaping from a cold, wet and windy England to luxuriate in your lovely temperatures!

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Sweet hounds, and I bet they are happy you didn’t make them wear hats! 😉
    After years of posts, reading of your struggles growing in sandy soil, it is so great to see your success this year with the bags. Amen!
    “Skies are crystal blue, the temperature is in the 70s (F) and low humidity.” Calgon, take me away! 😉

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  7. Miniature sunflowers are great – I’ve grown them in the past with success. Fiona and Zepp are gorgeous.

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  8. I’m trying a semi-dwarf sunflower next year – Zebulon – but it looks like yours will be blooming for Christmas!! Congrats on fresh veggies! Fiona and Zepp – what a pair !!!

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Chinese hat, radish and especially the sunflower and tomato, which are summer annuals here, were interesting until I got to the sixth picture.

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