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.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – March 2014

This morning a number of blogs I follow pinged into my inbox to remind me that today, the 15th of the month, is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  I love this meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams  Gardens, it especially gives me a sense of happiness this time of the year with the realisation that life goes on and soon the garden will be full of colour.   There is also a sense of sadness when you notice that a much loved plant has not reappeared.  When reading Helen’s (Patient Gardener) GBBD post and saw her Pulmonaria, it suddenly occurred to me that I had not seen mine this year and when I went for another look there is no sign.  A trip to the Garden Centre shortly to replace it will be on the cards.

Most of my daffodils are still waiting to bloom, but the ones in the front garden have been out for several weeks now, providing a cheerful welcome as I walk up the garden path.

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The other provider of colour in the front is my wonderful Skimmia “Foremanii” shrub, which has red berries on it all year round and at this time of the year it is also covered in pretty white flowers.

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Moving to the back garden, the Pieris “Forest Flame” is now adorned with beautiful urn shaped creamy flowers.  This shrub is looking so pretty at the moment I have posted two photos.  Disappointingly, none of the daffodils are out yet in the side border, so the Pieris are the only flowers that are signalling Spring in this part of the garden.

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The back garden, again is slow to show colour.   The Forsythia has lots of tiny yellow buds, so it will be another week or two before it looks splendent.  I did, however, find a few flowers for the March GBBD.

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What is looking absolutely glorious is the Ribes (Flowering Currant).  I usually prune it after it has flowered but last year I didn’t, so it is rather a large shrub at the moment but it does mean it’s dripping in lovely pink flowers.  Again, two photos for this plant.  The only thing I have against Ribes is its smell!  To me it reminds of me cats, but whatever it reminds you of it is certainly pungent.

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The Euphorbia has done something strange this year and is only flowering on half the bush, the other half is looking as though it is dying so I will have to keep an eye on it.   However, it has spread into another part of the garden so all is not lost.

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Scattered around the flowerbeds are lots of Primula, the purple ones seem ok, but the pale white variety are being eaten to pieces.  There are also lots of Forget-me-nots which are just flowering now,  I look forward to seeing a sea of blue and pink flowers when they are in full bloom.

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From now on the GBBD posts moving through the Spring and Summer months will be full of beautiful colour and joy.   Meanwhile, hop over to Carol’s blog and take a look at the other Garden Bloggers Bloom Day entries – they are from all over the world and it is always interesting to see what is flowering at this time of year in other countries.