Six on Saturday 19/01/2013 (2019)

If you’re very observant you will notice the date – 19th January 2013.  Yes, 6 years ago, why?  I’m taking you back in time!

I told myself in 2019 I would not miss a Six on Saturday, a blog meme run every Saturday on The Propagator blog.   I have no excuse to fall at the third post, so with nothing to use for today’s post, this evening I trawled through my old posts to find one dated the 19th January, in any year, relevant to gardening. The closest I could get was the 18th January 2013 from my old garden in Worthing when it snowed!   I have edited it to remove a lot of the written word, just leaving you to view snowy garden photos taken 6 years ago this weekend.  

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18 January 2013‘We Have Snow’

Here in the South of England on the Sussex Coast, we may get snow for a few days during the winter months.   The last heavy snow that hung around for days was in 2010.   Today, true to the forecasted weather (which we often take with a pinch of salt), it started to snow earlier this morning and now, mid-day, it is quite deep – for us anyway.  I suspect it is about 3 to 4 inches deep at the moment and it’s still snowing.

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I love the way that snow changes the shape of things.  For example the bamboo cloches now look like little snow domes.
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The garden looks very pretty in its white snowy overcoat.
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Wallflowers
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Skimmia berries
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And of course, there has to be snowdrops.

Please take a peek over the garden fence to view the other contributions to Six on Saturday

My First Attempt At Salvia Cuttings

The saying “Pride comes before a fall” strikes home today.

In the summer I bought a small Salvia ‘Love and Kisses’ for my daughter’s garden, which bloomed into a splendid shrub. The information on a number of sites advise: “This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring”.

Despite the fact they are perennial, rather than lose such a beautiful plant, and also add to the flower bed with free plants, I took cuttings. Never having taken cuttings before I was so proud to see new leaves emerging from three of them, (one died). Gardening is like having children, you nurture, protect, feed and watch them grow with delight.

Without a greenhouse at the moment, I left the pot in a sheltered spot on my patio wrapped in a little ‘house’ made out of bubble wrap, thinking that was the right thing to do. Imagine my annoyance to see last week the leaves were being nibbled, such a downhearted feeling descends doesn’t it? When I turned the pot upside down I found a couple of tiny little slugs, smaller than the nail on my little finger. I am fully aware that these very small critters can do a great deal of damage.

I brought them indoors, and repotted them into individual pots filled with the recommended John Innes No. 2 and placed them on a windowsill. This morning they look like this, just 5 days after being separated from each other. One I clearly have lost, but I am hoping I can revive two of them. They are now in a warmer spot, maybe they were too cold on that particular windowsill.

Needless to say, I am feeling like a failure!