Six on Saturday – 7th April 2018

I really should think carefully and plan when I’m going to blog to make sure that when I publish a post it doesn’t coincide with specific meme’s, such as ‘Six on Saturday’ hosted by The Propagator Blog. That is just what I have done – two posts in one day!

Nature has taken a bit of a battering this winter and is slow off the blocks. Not only is my heavy clay soil laying in water slow to drain, the snails are out in force and eating almost every young shoot in sight. There is life in the garden, apart from slimy critters and these are my Six on Saturday.

1. Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’ Planted last year as a very small plant, it has spread into a considerable sized clump and is going to look very pretty. Excellent ground cover!

2. Ribes – variety unknown I cut back what had become a large shrub dramatically last year to the point I thought I wasn’t going to see any flowers this year, but although it’s looking somewhat thin, there are some very pretty flowers – phew! I’m sure it is a darker pink than years before so maybe it has done the plant some good.

3. Peony I am so in love with the peony as it throws out spring shoots, almost to the point I prefer the dark burgundy to the actual flowers. Despite its age, about 7/8 years old, it only ever has a couple of blooms and for the rest of the year is always a disappointment.

4. Sambucus Nigra(Elderflower) Like the peony shoots, the elderflower at this time of the year fascinates me. From the gnarled old bare winter branches appear very dark maroon tiny leaves that in no time become long ranging branches. A magnificent tree to have in a garden.

5. Primroses I spied these right at the back of one of my borders, hidden in amongst the wood pile and ivy where they are at their happiest. So very pretty and along with daffodils and tulips are an iconic spring flower.

6. Chinodoxia (Glory of the Snow) Not sure why they have this name, mine are only just flowering and kept their heads well down during the snow. They are another delicate, delightful, spring flower. I’ve seen spectacular carpets of them at West Dean Gardens but mine are in containers nestled amongst the tulips and late narcissus all of which are about to flower and may well be ready for next week’s Six on Saturday.

Please take a look at the other contributions on The Propagator Blog it’s a great time of the year and a good yardstick as to how nature is behaving in other people’s gardens.

18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 7th April 2018

  1. Loved all your unfurling spring leaves. Your sambucus fascinated me, as it’s so much older than my own – or any I’ve seen, for that matter – that I didn’t know folk cut them back & let the lacey branches start all over again. As you say, what a sight that must be in any garden.


    1. Hi! Thank you. My Sambucus was a small £6.99 plant from B&Q about 12 years ago. I cut it right back every year and it grows to about 10 foot on new annual growth! However that does mean that I don’t get flowers and berries as they come on previous years growth. It is a splendid tree though.

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  2. Moving home is such fun, more so when you have a problematic link in the chain as you do. Fingers crossed that he doesn’t pull out all of a sudden as the deadline looms. If your soil is clay, then chances are that scraping some away from the peony merely allowed the crown to get a bit watery, which they don’t like. I featured a Ribes in my six this week that is in fairly deep shade most of the time but it seems to flower better than another which is in bright sunlight. When my bugles need containing, I just blow reveille and drive a spade in around them, discarding the offcuts if I don’t want them. I’ve never had to lift and replace the plant “in the centre”.

    And it’s fine to post twice on a Saturday, You almost have two gardens at the moment! 😉

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    1. Oh please don’t say that! He has assured me he has sunk too much much into buying my flat not to complete, but my main concern is he will come in at a reduced offer on exchange day, which I am hoping will be this week – he has a been given a deadline. Waiting for cancer scan results is always nerve wracking but you only have 2/3 weeks to wait, this has gone on for 20 weeks now and my nerves are shot! You are quite right about the peony, better luck next time I plant one. The new property is a ground floor flat with a patio and communal area, hence getting involved in my daughter’s garden. I also have an allotment share lined up so will still be gardening 😄😄😄


        1. Good question – after 18 weeks my buyer has a deadline to exchange by 12th April. Only 3 of us in the chain and he has been fiddling around remortgaging – so very stressful. All being well I hope to be in Emsworth within the next 2 weeks 🤞🤞🤞🤞

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  3. I found that my peony was buried too deeply. They will only flower if they are just are just under the soil (almost see the tubers)- if they are too deep them they will only put up alot of leaves but few blooms. Perhaps you could try digging it up and planting shallower next year if you haven’t tried that already.


    1. Thanks, that was suggested to a few years ago – I didn’t want to move it so scrapped off a lot of soil so it was close to the surface but to no avail. I’m moving shortly (fingers crossed) so it will be someone else’s plant. Next time I’ll plant it correctly.


    1. Despite giving it a severe haircut at the end of last summer, it is flowering beautifully and in such a vibrant colour. It doesn’t have much sun, but then have many of us this year! It is in a north facing border in heavy clay but seems happy to live there.


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