Six on Saturday 30th January

Saturday again, the weeks are flying by. I’m so glad we’re in the last weekend of January and Spring is almost in touching distance, although it didn’t feel much like it earlier this week when we had a couple of deluges of snow. We were supposed to get more today, but so far we’ve had a few flurries but nothing to write home about.

My first couple of points are snow related. I’ve discovered that snow is not nearly so bad if you don’t have to drive in it, or at least not very far. In normal times, my commute is nearly twenty miles each way, and it’s a horrible thought that you could get stranded in snow halfway between work and home. This year though, with working from home, I didn’t have to worry about it and I felt able to enjoy the snow so …..

… I made a snowcat.

This next photo hasn’t come out as well as it looked in real life which is so often the case unless you have a fancy pants camera. The light is amazing when the world is covered in snow, isn’t it? The red berries of this shrub against the white background lit up by the light reflected off the snow looked stunning. It was all very peaceful. Although I don’t normally enjoy snow, I do appreciate the almost eerie quiet that seems to come with a covering of the white stuff.

Having said all that, I am happy that the snow’s gone now although I didn’t like watching my snowcat die a melty death!

The next photo is in the front garden. My Camellia has had buds since before Christmas, but so far nothing’s happening. They seem none the worse for the cold snap though, and hopefully the flowers will bloom soon. I can’t actually remember what month it normally flowers – I just know that the flowers don’t last nearly long enough for my liking! They’re so beautiful.

Also in the front garden today, I noticed the bluebells are starting to push through into the world again. After I noticed this first cluster, I noticed loads more. We have an abundance of bluebells in the front and back gardens and for me, they really signify the start of my favourite months of the year. It seems to take ages for them to flower, but once they do, we have a bluebell wonderland for a few weeks.

My penultimate point is very bizarre. I was wondering around the garden in the sleet this afternoon looking for things to include in this post, and I glanced over at the empty raised bed where I grew petit pois and carrots last year, and I spotted a leaf that looked suspiciously like a carrot leaf. Surely not, I thought, but yep, it was a carrot! In January! How has this happened?

Finally, I have some bunnies to share. I saw these on a gardening hour on QVC a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist. I mean, who could resist Peter Rabbit? This is probably not where Peter and his sisters will end up living, but I’ll have fun deciding where they can go. Hopefully I’ll be able to find somewhere I can see them from the house.

I found it easier to find points this week which I find encouraging. The garden is starting to come to life again, now I just need some dry weather so I can get out there and do some tidying up and start planning my Summer in the garden.

As ever, don’t forget to pop over to the Propagator’s blog to check out all the other Sixes published by this lovely community.

5 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 30th January

  1. CadyLuck Leedy 173105 SatEurope/London2021-01-30T17:12:59+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSat, 30 Jan 2021 17:12:59 +0000 2017 / 5:12 pm

    My camellias all have a bit of tan frost edges to them! But there will be more blooms! Great sis today and I can’t wait to see where your bunnies go!

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  2. tonytomeo 173107 SatEurope/London2021-01-30T19:19:54+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSat, 30 Jan 2021 19:19:54 +0000 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Don’t carrots grow at any time they want to? I notice that the wild sort have definite seasons, which is important where summers are long and dry. In the garden, we can grow them whenever we want to. (I dislike carrots intensely, but grow them for those who can somehow manage to eat them.) I notice that some seed germinates after the the carrots that they should have grown with are long gone. I get them as the site is being reworked for something else. Heck, there are a few out there right now.

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    • greengirlgardener 173109 SatEurope/London2021-01-30T21:19:30+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSat, 30 Jan 2021 21:19:30 +0000 2017 / 9:19 pm

      It’s pretty unusual over here with our climate to get them after Autumn. I harvested all the rest back in the summer. I looked at that bed a couple of weeks ago and I’m sure there were no carrot leaves there then! Very odd 😁.

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  3. Thistles and Kiwis 173107 SunEurope/London2021-01-31T07:15:40+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSun, 31 Jan 2021 07:15:40 +0000 2017 / 7:15 am

    I love the snow cat!

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    • greengirlgardener 173110 SunEurope/London2021-01-31T10:33:48+00:00Europe/London01bEurope/LondonSun, 31 Jan 2021 10:33:48 +0000 2017 / 10:33 am

      Thanks! First time I’ve built a snow being for about thirty years 🤣.

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