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.
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.
I love the way that snow changes the shape of things. For example the bamboo cloches now look like little snow domes.
The garden looks very pretty in its white snowy overcoat.
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
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!