Six on Saturday 23rd January

Saturday again! The end of another week of working from home and the start of another weekend of lockdown! However, also a week closer to Spring. I’m still struggling to find anything of much interest in the garden, so much so that my final point today is from someone else’s garden that I saw on a lunchtime walk this week – although I do really wish it was in my garden!

Even my garden owl has had enough of it all this week and has collapsed amongst the Euphorbia and Rhododendron! I left him having a rest for now – the weather’s not great so he’ll only fall over again if I set him upright!

This is one of my Festuca Intense Blue babies that self seeded on the bistro. They seem to be able to cope with whatever the weather throws at them so this baby will be fine to grow into an adolescent once it can shake the snow off. It doesn’t look particularly blue, does it? The parent plant was very blue when I first bought it home, but all the babies are much more green than blue. Still gorgeous though so, c’est la vie!

Next is my first blueberry bush. I have some ericaceous compost in the garage and have been intending to repot this for months but it’s just always been too *cold/dark/wet (*delete as appropriate*). Must get round to doing this soon before it begins its new growth ready for lovely juicy blueberries this Summer. I have a second blueberry bush now (which is already lovingly potted up) and I’m hoping to promote some kind of competition between the two to get the most blueberries! The expression on my little dragon’s face I think is very appropriate for the current environment!

Now I’m moving on to a purple theme. I’m glad I stopped to prop this Hellebore under its chin! It’s had flowers for some time but they’re all resolutely pointing down towards the ground, so much so that they look like they’re not open, but open they are, and look how beautiful this one is. What a shame they’re being so bashful and not displaying their beauty for all to see.

Next purple plant is my Pittosporum. This changes colour throughout the year, sometimes being a mix of green and black as the new leaves come through, but at the moment it definitely fits in with a purple theme.

Finally, as mentioned, a plant from someone else’s garden on my walk. A gorgeous, and very purple Callicarpa Bodinieri. Regular readers will know that I acquired one of these around about this time last year, but that unfortunately it hasn’t produced any berries this Winter, so, suffice it to say, I was very envious of this one when I saw it. Another job on the list: relocate Callicarpa Bodinieri and keep fingers crossed.

There we have it, a very quick Six this week, and now I’m off to relax in a hot bubble bath with a magazine. Blissful! While I’m doing that, why don’t you check out the Propagator for more Sixes.

5 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 23rd January

  1. CadyLuck Leedy 173103 SatEurope/London2021-01-23T15:27:30+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSat, 23 Jan 2021 15:27:30 +0000 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Great walk with you today! My favorite, besides your tired owl, was the Callicarpa Bodinieri! How beautiful is that? Is there a chance they are male and female and you have a male? That would be MY LUCK! Let us know how yours gets on!

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  2. Roguegarden 173106 SatEurope/London2021-01-23T18:18:28+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSat, 23 Jan 2021 18:18:28 +0000 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I appreciate the thought of pitting one’s plants against one another in order to achieve better results. I also have some recently acquired blueberries and the growth on 4 is putting the 5th to shame, but I’m far from confident that this will prove motivational. In fact, I’m thinking I may have to replace this sad little specimen. Though your festuca’s color is perhaps not as blue as could be wished, I am quite impressed by the size of this self-seeded plant. It appears to be thriving. My results with festucas have been lackluster to say the least. The Callicarpa Bodinieri is indeed a vision of loveliness. Exciting to see what yours will sooner or later (hopefully sooner) become!

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    • greengirlgardener 173107 SatEurope/London2021-01-23T19:08:43+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSat, 23 Jan 2021 19:08:43 +0000 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Fingers crossed for your 5th blueberry 🤞🏻. The festucas are even more impressive given that they managed to self seed through weed control membrane!

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  3. tonytomeo 173106 SatEurope/London2021-01-23T18:19:31+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSat, 23 Jan 2021 18:19:31 +0000 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Festuca is not true to type. I notice it in landscapes where seedlings grow in with cultivars. However, there is at least one variety that is grown from seed. I sort of wonder how that is possible, and since it is possible, I wonder if their second generation seedlings are true to type.

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  4. janesmudgeegarden 173111 SatEurope/London2021-01-23T23:00:16+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSat, 23 Jan 2021 23:00:16 +0000 2017 / 11:00 pm

    That is one gorgeous and perfect hellebore!

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