Six on Saturday 16-02-2019

It’s been dangerous weather this week. Positively spring like during the day with temperatures reaching 12°C (54°F) and then plummeting to below zero at night. I went up to the allotment at 08:30 Friday morning to await a delivery of manure, and the beds I had uncovered and dug over during the week had a dusting of frost, looking like icing sugar.

Whilst we are experiencing this wide range of temperature, if you are like me you are desperately resisting the desire to plant out! However, I have started to sow seeds (indoors) – peppers, leeks and garlic in cells. My next job, although I know a tad early, is to pot up my Dahlia tubers and keep them in a cold frame until the weather is warm enough to plant out in May.

Ok, after that little update, now for my Six on Saturday. I performed my gardening duties in my daughter and SiL’s garden on Friday and my Six this week is from there.

1. Crocus, crocus and more crocus (what is the plural for lots of crocus?)

I expect there will be lots of crocus on show this Saturday but they are a harbinger of spring and I think we all get a little (if not a lot!) excited when we see them. What is the plural of crocus, croci, crocuses? Both sound a bit ungainly and not quite right.

2. Wallflowers – (Erysimum)

The motley, smelly, half priced bare root wallflowers planted mid-October last year are looking very healthy and a few are even beginning to flower. The daffodils, planted at the same time in the gaps between the wallflowers are also coming up and I’m looking forward to a colourful display.

3. Euphorbia (Ascot Rainbow)

I planted this Euphorbia last summer, it flowered and then went very raggedy, probably because I didn’t prune it. Although a tough plant, I was dubious as to how it was going to get through the winter. It is looking beautiful with the prettiest pink tips that appear in the winter.

4. Hellebores

As with crocus photos, there is a wonderful selection of hellebore pics on gardening blogs at this time of year. I bought a selection of hellebores before the winter and although still small, they are flowering and the ‘Oriental’ is a fabulous dark mauve. They will seed and spread and look better every year.

5. Sweet Williams (Dianthus)

Described as a herbaceous biennial or short lived perennial, I certainly didn’t expect it to be still flowering despite freezing nights. Like the Euphorbia, I should have given it a good haircut last summer but left it to its own devices and it obviously is happy!

6. Spring pots

The collection of pots by the shed at the bottom of the garden are packed with bulbs and looking full of promise. This is where the white crocus (Photo 1 above) live with the pink hyacinths which are flowering. The brown pot of crocus at the back are a bit late, only showing leaves at the moment. More photos to come in a few weeks!

You can find more Six on Saturday’s on The Propagator Blog, please pay him a visit and see what everyone else has to show at the end of the second week of February.

15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 16-02-2019

  1. Crocuses, definitely. Your wallflowers are looking good, mine were rubbish, only a few have thrived.

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  2. Enjoyed all your photos today, but that euphorbia is my favorite. I didn’t know there really was a plant named wall flower! I will have to learn more about that!

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    1. Hi! Thank you for leaving a comment. Wallflowers are also known as Erysimums, They are great spring flowers.

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  3. Wow, ammazzino that you have dianthus still blooming! Your crocuses must bring smiles. Beautiful.

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    1. have no idea what ammazzino is — was meant to be “amazing”. !!

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  4. In French “un crocus, des crocus , des milliers de crocus …” easy, isn’t it? (Just for this time otherwise French is difficult)
    Yours are beautiful and whites less commonly seen

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  5. I love your crocuses. I planted lots of mixed crocuses but they all seem to be yellow although I’ve got lots of the purple ones in my lawn which is pretty. Enjoy this warm weather.

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    1. Thank you. I thought the white ones were Snow Bunting but they don’t look like that as they are pure white so maybe Jeanne D’Arc, I’m useless at labelling!

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  6. I think the plural of crocus is crocuses as it is a word derived from Greek and not Latin, though I have seen it used as croci. Maybe we could simply use crocus like we do sheep 🙂
    Love the Euphorbia – what amazing colours! Be nice to see it later on in the year. Is that just one plant?

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    1. Hi, yes it is just one plant, now about 1x1metres and was a tiny plant bought last summer so come on leaps and bounds despite the dry summer.

      I think we all use crocus as the plural because croci sounds wrong and crocuses is a mouthful – lazy language.

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      1. I shall have to look out for that Euphorbia.

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  7. You must be cock-a-hoop with those wallflowers. Great value and they’ll look super there.

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    1. So pleased with the wallflowers, it’s always a gamble buying them at the tail end of the short bare root selling period. They are a mix of yellow and purple so looking forward to fabulous coloured display.

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  8. I can never look at too many crocus photos, and yours are wonderful!
    I love that tall terra-cotta pot in the last photo.

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    1. We collect pots over the years and I think that was a Long Tom bought for growing a few sweet peas, either that or a tomato plant – it’s not very wide.

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