Six on Saturday – 09 March 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to my Six on Saturday. I’m not going to mention weather this week, save to say it’s been cold and very windy. Swiftly moving on, first we have:-

1. Seedlings

Last week I showed the tiny pepper seedlings. They are now growing well and in another few days will be ready to be potted up. It’s at this stage waves of guilt hit me. Do I pot up all the seedlings? Do I really need 24 pepper plants? Of course I can give away what I don’t want but everyone I know is growing peppers! I hate pulling out and discarding the weaker seedlings, it’s as though I am culling them because they are not as strong as the others.

Living in a flat, I don’t have a greenhouse but large white plastic boxes make for excellent substitutes on my patio. This deep one is especially good, because the sweet peas are romping along and getting tall, despite being pinched out. I also have some tomato plants, they are tiny but look healthy enough and should be quite hardy because they are not being cosseted on a warm windowsill.

2. Hyacinth ‘Woodstock’

I’m not sure why, but I usually grow white or pink hyacinths, always promising myself the fabulous purple of ‘Woodstock’. This year I actually did buy the bulbs and the flower and colour is everything it promises to be.

3. Dahlias

It may still be a little early but I couldn’t hold back any more and I’ve started off my dahlias. They are under cover on the allotment and I will check them regularly. The raised bed cloche consists of a mesh cover and topped with a pvc cover to protect and keep warm. As I mentioned earlier I don’t have the luxury of a greenhouse on the allotment, however this set up should be fine.

4. Rhubarb

I have not grown rhubarb before; this plant is inherited. It looks pretty healthy but I’ve noticed this week something is eating the leaves. Googling health of plants can be almost as dangerous as googling your own health. I’ve read the plant could have a disease called curculio and to remove damaged leaves but I’ve also read that it’s just slugs and as we don’t eat the leaves it’s ok. HELP!!

5. Emsworth Floral Boats

Emsworth has a large sailing fraternity and boasts two sailing clubs. It is no surprise therefore that throughout the village there are rowing boats planted up with seasonal plants. This one on the Mill Pond is looking very pretty, packed with wallflowers, pansies, bulbs and heuchera.

6. Finally – Crocuses

I showed this container in last week’s Six on Saturday. The crocuses had just come out and because I had forgotten I’d planted them, I also mistakenly called them Snow Bunting. Now they are fully open they are Joan of Arc. I think they are also called Jeanne d’Arc, there can’t be two identical crocuses with such similar names but I’m sure someone will put me right. These are planted with deep red wine coloured cyclamens and a skimmia, I love the contrast of colours.

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  1. I am another convert to Woodstock! And the plastic boxes seem like a good idea. As for the rhubarb, my leaves get nibbled but that doesn’t affect the stalks. I suspect it is just the S&S.

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  2. Just when I was deciding that hyacinths were not for me you produce ‘woodstock’. Absolutely fabulous colour. I also like the white crocus – I have none at the moment and am compiling my order list now. Good luck with being ruthless with seedlings!!


    • My problem in the flat is a shortage of windowsills. I’ve now gone down the Higgledy Garden route and bought a number of plastic boxes. They are now on the patio up against the wall. Fingers crossed at least I get a few plants from them.


  3. Woodstock is a stunner ! This purple is gorgeous.
    I envy your rhubarb … mine has not yet taken off and yet I’m further south than you … It’s weird sometimes.


    • It’s a fabulous colour! As for rhubarb, I think it depends on the variety. I’ve no idea what this one is, the previous owner thought it might be champagne but I suspect it’s Victoria. A neighbouring plot has loads of rhubarbs all at different stages. So looking forward to making my own rhubarb pie, not to mention rhubarb gin!

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  4. Woodcock has just gone on the list of Hyacinths to get as I decided today to get rid of all my existing ones as they’re either throwing up weedy flower spikes or are not the colour I bought them for. As a total aside, your allotment is coming along nicely, given it’s still early days, and I’ve been following your YouTube channel too. Are you now making friends with other plotholders? And have you identified the one chap there always is who “knows” the one way (always his way) to grow stuff and spends more time “advising” others than he does tending his own plot? It’s always a “he” and he usually keeps his trousers up with a ridiculously wide belt or bracers.


    • Have you tried using large plastic container boxes? They are ideal instead of a greenhouse. Take the lid off during the day, pop it back on at night. I wrap mine in a sheet of bubble wrap if freezing temperatures are forecasted. Ben Raynard at Higgledy Garden uses them all the time, thats where I got the idea from.

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