Six on Saturday 19th December

Wow, it’s been so long since I wrote a post that I’d almost forgotten how to! I haven’t intentionally neglected my blog, I just seem to have either been busy with other creative pursuits or too dog tired to string two sentences together. I slept really well last night though, and I’m buoyed by the knowledge that I only have two working days left before I can sleep for twelve whole days should I so desire!

First up is my Rhododendron that I snapped up from the sale table at the garden centre that is half a mile from home. I went up during the first week that they were allowed to reopen and this beautiful girl was half price even though she was still in full flower. I popped out to the garden today for the first time in ages (too cold and soggy for my liking!) and noticed loads of buds on the Rhododendron. I’m still not sure that I’ve planted it in the right place, but time will tell!

Along similar floral lines, as we pulled on to the drive this afternoon after making my penultimate Christmas present drop of the year, I noticed that the Azalea that somehow manages to stay alive underneath our hedge without the slightest bit of attention is flowering. I think it’s an Azalea anyway – we inherited it with the garden. Lovely splash of colour in an otherwise grey world.

Number three sees us return to the back garden and my namesake, Fuchsia Delta Sarah. I think it’s named well, because like me, it’s clearly stubborn and is forging on with its flowers. It didn’t flower profusely in the summer, but is hanging in there now. Well, why not deny winter is happening if you possibly can? I certainly would if it wasn’t so flipping cold.

More seasonally apt is this Hellebore. I’m sure it’s called Christmas something or other. I’ve got the label somewhere, but I’ve got a snoozing pussy cat on my lap so I can’t go and verify. I love how the light’s caught it in this photo. No filter needed!

My Ornamental Kale is still looking beautiful. I know I shared this in a previous Six, but I couldn’t resist taking a snap of it with the rainfall glistening in its midst. It’s such a stunning colour and really brightens up the catio that it hangs on.

Finally I’m ushering you back to the front of the house because, you know, in the current climate and us being in tier 3 and all, you really shouldn’t be in our back garden. Also, I’m fishing for advice. Does anyone know what this is? It’s really big and voluminous. I’m pretty sure I weeded it out in previous years before it could flourish so it must be pretty determined! This year I left it to grow through the summer and it’s gone from strength to strength and has now produced these pretty, and very Christmassy I think, berry-like fruits. It may well be a weed, but it’s welcome to stay – I like it.

That went quickly! I must make more of an effort to pay attention to my blog. After all, it’ll soon be summer and there will be more to write about, I’ll have regained my effervescence and hopefully (please, please, PLEASE) Covid will have beaten a hasty retreat.

Oh, almost forgot – don’t forget to check out the Propagator for more Sixes. Until next time, I bid you fair adieu! Stay safe out there.

9 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 19th December

  1. Paddy Tobin 173104 SatEurope/London2020-12-19T16:46:49+00:00Europe/London12bEurope/LondonSat, 19 Dec 2020 16:46:49 +0000 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Yes, you really must try harder! I bet you’ve used that phrase more than once yourself!

    Your mystery shrub is the Pheasant Bush, Himalayan Honeysuckle, Leycesteria formosa which, left to its own devices will seed about generously but you would hardly wish for that.

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    • greengirlgardener 173105 SatEurope/London2020-12-19T17:32:42+00:00Europe/London12bEurope/LondonSat, 19 Dec 2020 17:32:42 +0000 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Brilliant! Thank you 😁.

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  2. tonytomeo 173107 SatEurope/London2020-12-19T19:34:32+00:00Europe/London12bEurope/LondonSat, 19 Dec 2020 19:34:32 +0000 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Pheasant bush is a mystery to me, but I do recognize the azalea as an azalea.

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    • greengirlgardener 173110 SatEurope/London2020-12-19T22:50:34+00:00Europe/London12bEurope/LondonSat, 19 Dec 2020 22:50:34 +0000 2017 / 10:50 pm

      Great, thanks 😁.

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      • tonytomeo 173111 SatEurope/London2020-12-19T23:58:09+00:00Europe/London12bEurope/LondonSat, 19 Dec 2020 23:58:09 +0000 2017 / 11:58 pm

        You are welcome.

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  3. Joy 173103 SunEurope/London2020-12-20T15:13:32+00:00Europe/London12bEurope/LondonSun, 20 Dec 2020 15:13:32 +0000 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Hello. I am a newbie to the six on saturday and am thoroughly enjoying reading all your blogs. The Leycesteria will definitely self-seed. I look after the wildlife garden on our allotments and what was one when I started 2 years ago is now six. I need to dig 5 of them up but will keep the one that has grown in a difficult place where nothing else seems to want to grow.

    I hope you enjoy your 12 days of lie in!

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    • greengirlgardener 173107 MonEurope/London2020-12-21T07:53:21+00:00Europe/London12bEurope/LondonMon, 21 Dec 2020 07:53:21 +0000 2017 / 7:53 am

      I have plenty of as yet unused space in the back garden so if I do get any self seeded presents I’ll relocate to the use up space. Thank you – one more get up! 😁

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  4. janesmudgeegarden 173103 MonEurope/London2020-12-21T03:05:31+00:00Europe/London12bEurope/LondonMon, 21 Dec 2020 03:05:31 +0000 2017 / 3:05 am

    Great colours in your photos. I particularly like that sweet fuchsia.

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  5. Petrina 173109 SatEurope/London2021-01-02T21:00:40+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSat, 02 Jan 2021 21:00:40 +0000 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Beautiful photos. I love the beauty in nature.

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