Six on Saturday – 24/11/2018

I’ve had a busy week tidying up my patio pots, throwing out the summer plants and potting up the Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ and Achillea ‘Terracotta’ from the large containers into smaller pots to overwinter. I’ve put a variety of spring bulbs – tulips, daffodils, Muscari and crocus into the empty pots. A bit like seeing a blank piece of paper that needs to be filled in I have an aversion to pots with nothing but a gravel topping.

I took a visit to our local garden centre and had a spend up! We have an issue with squirrels here, hence one of the pots with pea and bean netting on it. I ran out of plants hence it just being gravel (for the time being). The Christmas shop was so full of goodies, I couldn’t resist buying a few little robins! They might not deter the magpies and pigeons, but they are fun. Above are just a few of my winter pots, there are another six on the other side, but they are still full of flowering geraniums so not ready for winter just yet.

My Six on Saturday are the components of three of the pots, which are now also draped in lights, in case you wonder what the green wiring is, making them look very pretty in the evenings – in my humble opinion anyway.

Pot one

1. Variegated Osmanthus

2. Hellebore Nigra

When hunting for hellebores I found it frustrating that the larger garden centres such as Wyevale and Hilliers sell them in large pots between £11-£13. All I wanted was a couple of small ones, and was delighted to find them in Keydell nurseries, in Hordean at £3 a pot. There I also found osmanthus at £2.80 and a couple of ivies for under £2; that is the difference between a local independent nursery and chains.

Pot Two

3. Winter cherry – Solanum pseudocapsicum

4. Gaultheria

5. Mini Cyclamen

The Winter Cherries look like mini tomatoes but give height and brightness to the display with contrast to the dark red cyclamen and gaultheria berries. None of the plants will fill out as much as summer bedding but I am hoping they will grow a little bigger.

Pot Three

6. Skimmia Japonica ‘Rubella’ and more cyclamen

There is always a plethora of red, white and pink cyclamens in garden centres but I fell in love with the unusual very dark red variety and they particularly go well with the Skimmia.

Please pay a visit to The Propagator’s Blog who not only hosts the weekly Six on Saturday, has lots of other really interesting and informative blog posts.

UPDATE … winter pots all lit up

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Delicate is the Daily Post Photo Challenge this week and it is set before us as follows:-


Delicate could be the tracings of frost on a window, a child’s tiny fingers and toes, the intricate pattern of a tree’s canopy, or something yet-to-be-discovered. So much of this challenge depends on your interpretation of “delicate,” and we look forward to seeing the range of images you capture.


del•i•cate : /ˈdelikit/

Adjective :  Very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality


What better form of DELICATE to show for this week’s challenge is the CYCLAMEN. It is a hardy tiny little plant that flowers to its hearts content despite the winter weather.  

This past week, we have had exceptionally heavy frosts, which has seen the end to the remnants of the majority of plants in the garden that are not hardy.  Looking out of my kitchen window the one plant that is still flowering, despite sub-zero temperatures, is the hardy cyclamen.

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Not to be confused with the large flowered Cyclamen grown indoors in pots, which come in bright pinks, reds, and white, the hardy variety has a delicate tiny flower that are usually white tinged with pink through to purples.

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It grows happily in planters or under other shrubs because it loves woodland shade, although I don’t have a label for mine, I believe they are the Ivy-Leaved variety known as Cyclamen Hederifolium.   They are growing in a planter on the table outside my kitchen window and I can see them every time I look out of the window.


As there are 23 varieties of Cyclamen I am sure that if I am wrong about them being Ivy-Leaved, I am sure there is an expert out there who can put me right.

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