Six on Saturday 21st March

Amidst all the doom and gloom, scaremongering and genuine health and well-being issues abound at the moment, there are small glimmers of hope. One is that China is showing very positive signs of this nightmare abating which hopefully will mean, given the right measures, that there will be an end to all this and return to relative normality, and another is that it is now officially Spring!

Outside (in the garden you understand, on my own) plants, trees and shrubs are beginning to spring back to life. I find it reassuring that, despite this unprecedented situation, nature is still doing its thing in its own inimitable way. It doesn’t know that the rest of us sentient beings are self-isolating, socially distancing and, in a lot of cases, stockpiling.

I’ve been working from home since Wednesday, attempting to stay motivated and keep as close to normal as possible, whilst trying not to go stir crazy cooped up inside. Yesterday, after my long and tortuous commute down the stairs, I decided to pop into the garden to see what I could include on a Six today, and I was spoilt for choice.

I’m going to start with the photo that I’ve been waiting to be able to take for weeks, that made me gasp with delight.

It’s my Eupatorium coming back to life! Regular readers will know of my almost unhealthy attachment to my Eupatorium, and some may even remember that I shared a very similar photo, complete with little green arrows, around this time last year when it started throwing up teeny tiny shoots. I can’t wait for it to get all big and leafy and amazing again, and then, never fear, I will be sharing more photos of its lofty beautiful self.

The Pieris seems to have more and more pink tips every day. This is absolutely beautiful when it’s fully turned. We were on holiday last year when it reached its peak of amazingness so I couldn’t photograph it, but this year, well, even if we’d planned a holiday we wouldn’t be going, so I’ll be keeping careful watch out of the back window to snap it. I was advised by a fellow blogger last year that it has thrip, which I admit I’ve done nothing about, but it doesn’t seem to hold it back.

I made a purchase last week because Notcutts emailed me a 50% off voucher for any plant, shrub or tree. I fell in love with this Pussy Willow so it came home with me. Its little furry protuberances have changed since it came home. They’re now more fluffy than furry.

My lovely Osteospurmum which lives in a pot on our bistro has got buds! This is exciting! I have two Osteospurmums, a yellow one and a pink one, and I can’t remember which one this is so I’ll watch with interest. Whichever it turns out to be, I’ll be happy because the flowers are gorgeously sunny.

I posted about this Cowslip a couple of weeks ago. It appeared at the end of the garden last year and I rehomed it in my birthday planter, fully expecting it to be an annual, but it’s flowering again, and has even more flowers than it had last year. I don’t like its leaves, but the flowers are glorious.

Finally for this week is Sedum. I just love it when rainwater nestles in the leaves. I remember the first time I noticed it, I actually had to wobble the plant to check it was water because it so looks like little fairies have sprinkled diamonds over the garden!

Don’t forget to check the Propagator’s blog if you’d like to read more Sixes. I started with a glimmer of hope and I’m going to end on a positive too – Gardeners’ World is back!

9 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 21st March

  1. theshrubqueen 173105 SatEurope/London2020-03-21T17:23:18+00:00Europe/London03bEurope/LondonSat, 21 Mar 2020 17:23:18 +0000 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Nice, glad your Eupatorium is making you happy – I thought the green arrows were Fescue. Good luck staying home.

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    • greengirlgardener 173106 SatEurope/London2020-03-21T18:42:16+00:00Europe/London03bEurope/LondonSat, 21 Mar 2020 18:42:16 +0000 2017 / 6:42 pm

      🤣 Just didn’t want anyone to miss the miracle of my baby Eupatorium shoots 😂.


  2. Kenneth Barker 173108 SatEurope/London2020-03-21T20:05:05+00:00Europe/London03bEurope/LondonSat, 21 Mar 2020 20:05:05 +0000 2017 / 8:05 pm

    It might be a good idea to get rid of those sap sucking thrips!

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  3. Heyjude 173101 SunEurope/London2020-03-22T01:16:21+00:00Europe/London03bEurope/LondonSun, 22 Mar 2020 01:16:21 +0000 2017 / 1:16 am

    Gardener’s World is back but half an hour is far too short! Nice to see Monty and Nigel again though. I bought two cowslips on Monday, before all hell was let lose and everything shut down. They are still in their pots until I figure out where I am going to plant them. I suspect the S&S like to snack on them as much as they do on the polyanthus in the garden.

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    • greengirlgardener 173107 SunEurope/London2020-03-22T07:09:06+00:00Europe/London03bEurope/LondonSun, 22 Mar 2020 07:09:06 +0000 2017 / 7:09 am

      Completely agree – I always love it when we get back to the hour long shows. Enjoy your Cowslips – I feel very lucky to have ended up with one for free! 😁


  4. Cathy 173109 SunEurope/London2020-03-22T09:09:01+00:00Europe/London03bEurope/LondonSun, 22 Mar 2020 09:09:01 +0000 2017 / 9:09 am

    Lovely six – yes, rejoicing here, too, because Gardener’s World is back. Have a good week!

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  5. tonytomeo 173110 MonEurope/London2020-03-23T22:57:57+00:00Europe/London03bEurope/LondonMon, 23 Mar 2020 22:57:57 +0000 2017 / 10:57 pm

    You know, I didn’t do anything about the thrip in the rhododendrons either . . . and they suddenly stopped causing so much damage! I don’t know what happened. They were sprayed a long time ago, with some fancy herbal hooey that seemed to do nothing, but either it did ‘something’ or some other predatory insect came in and ate the thrip. I really don’t know. I see some damage, but nothing like before. If it is a natural predator, than I am all for not spraying.

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  6. Catherine 173104 TueEurope/London2020-03-24T16:17:00+00:00Europe/London03bEurope/LondonTue, 24 Mar 2020 16:17:00 +0000 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Your Eupatorium will be glorious to see when it’s full grown. Looking forward to seeing its progress.

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    • greengirlgardener 173109 WedEurope/London2020-03-25T09:25:23+00:00Europe/London03bEurope/LondonWed, 25 Mar 2020 09:25:23 +0000 2017 / 9:25 am

      Oh it is beautiful! I’ll be sure to post pics later in the year 😁.

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