Six on Saturday 6th February

Saturday again! The weeks are flying by which is odd because life is one long cycle of work, walk, Netflix, crochet and sleep at the moment – you’d think time would be dragging. Some positive news this week – over eleven million vaccinated but also, slightly concerning news that the South African variant has been found not a million miles away from home! Eek!

Moving swiftly on and pretending the bad stuff isn’t happening, and we find ourselves amongst Snowdrops! Hubby had to have a root canal filling on Thursday (considered setting up a crowd funding page – how can it cost so much to have pain inflicted upon oneself?!) and while I was waiting for him I decided to go for a walk and I found a lovely little park that I had no idea even existed. It had a couple of lakes, lots of ducks, geese and swans and millions of Snowdrops. Snowdrops are so pretty and delicate, but I don’t find them all that cheery because, to me, they symbolise Winter not Spring, the end of Winter maybe, but still Winter.

Now Daffs, on the other hand, are definitely cheery because they do offer me hope that Spring is on the way, bringing us warmer days and, most importantly, heralding the advent of Summer. Oh Summer how I do miss thee! Sadly, my Daffodil blooms are still a little way off bursting their bright yellow cheeriness out into the world, but they’re getting there and it surely won’t be too long till I look out of the kitchen window to see a pop of colour. Can’t wait!

Also looking good is my Rhododendron which was new to the garden during lockdown last year. I shared it in my final Six of 2020 and the buds are much bigger now. It’s been covered in snow and frost for much of the time in between its two starring roles, so I hope that hasn’t set it back. Time will tell.

Hubby’s at work today (hooray – finally he got some work again!) so I did my good deed for the day and got up early to drop him off and then decided to make the most of being up and about and took myself off for a walk in Sutton Park before the crowds descend. It was delicious me time, so rare at the moment for those of us who co-habit (the opposite being true for those who live alone). I wandered along the paths, listening to my audiobook and actually looked at my surroundings, which I tend not to do when I’m there with someone else chatting away. It was a very misty morning and the landscape looked quite stark – can’t you just imagine Heathcliff smouldering away somewhere amongst those trees?

Back home, and I popped straight out to the garden to complete my Six photos for today before I came to warm my bones next to a radiator.

This Clematis is acclimatising in the greenhouse at the moment. It arrived this week from Thompson and Morgan. I only went to their website to order raspberry canes because my Aunt told me now is a good time to plant them, but I ended up pre-ordering Begonias which will be despatched in May and a Sarcococca plant which my Aunt recommended for the scent, as well as the raspberry canes. Then this Clematis popped up as a special offer so it fell into my basket! I know exactly where I’m going to plant it once it’s warm enough. It’s Clematis Advent Bells which is, as the name suggests, winter flowering so hopefully next year we’ll have a bit of prettiness in the garden at Christmas. The raspberry canes have been delayed so I won’t get them till the end of February – hopefully they’ll still thrive, but I guess I probably won’t get fruit this Summer.

Finally as I was heading back inside I noticed the beautiful colour of one of my Hebes. I purposely planted this Hebe close to the house so that we could see some colour from our kitchen windows in the Winter.I don’t know what kind of Hebe it is because it came in a mixed pack of four just labelled Hebe variety pack (or some such generalisation). I don’t ‘do’ pink unless it’s really bright – can’t abide baby pink – but this is a gorgeously bright pop of colour to cheer even the dullest of days.

There we go, Six completed, so that’s one thing ticked off my to do list for today. What next? Clear some space for my newly completed Lego Diagon Alley? Watch episode three of Bridgerton? Clean the bathroom? While I ponder that, why don’t you check out some other Sixes at the Propagator’s blog?

12 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 6th February

  1. Sel Calderbank 172803 SatEurope/London2021-02-06T15:47:51+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonSat, 06 Feb 2021 15:47:51 +0000 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I can see why you chose that Hebe, a lovely colour. I think you raspberries will probably fruit this summer, they are tough and productive. Nice to have had time alone on your atmospheric walk – living with others all the time can get a bit tiresome!

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    • greengirlgardener 172805 SatEurope/London2021-02-06T17:02:54+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonSat, 06 Feb 2021 17:02:54 +0000 2017 / 5:02 pm

      I hope so. Homegrown raspberries would be lovely. Yes, exactly. It seems everyone’s worried about people who live alone being lonely, and I get that, but it’s hard the other way round too.

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  2. Roguegarden 172808 SatEurope/London2021-02-06T20:20:54+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonSat, 06 Feb 2021 20:20:54 +0000 2017 / 8:20 pm

    The photograph of the rhododendron bud surrounded by radiating leaves is a success. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. tonytomeo 172802 SunEurope/London2021-02-07T02:32:25+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonSun, 07 Feb 2021 02:32:25 +0000 2017 / 2:32 am

    Trees look so familiar, even though I can not identify them. I know they are very different from what they resemble here.

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  4. Pádraig 172812 MonEurope/London2021-02-08T00:26:47+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonMon, 08 Feb 2021 00:26:47 +0000 2017 / 12:26 am

    The hebe looks very much like Rhubarb&Custard, it’s a beauty.
    I am so disappointed that Brexit means I can no longer get Begonia plugs from UK. Ireland has some growers but they supply to wholesale only. Must start looking out for some nursery that does.

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    • greengirlgardener 172808 MonEurope/London2021-02-08T08:18:59+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonMon, 08 Feb 2021 08:18:59 +0000 2017 / 8:18 am

      Yet another negative effect of Brexit (not that there are any positives that I can see 😢).

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      • Pádraig 172808 MonEurope/London2021-02-08T08:26:44+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonMon, 08 Feb 2021 08:26:44 +0000 2017 / 8:26 am

        Sovereignty and all that! 🤔

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      • greengirlgardener 172808 MonEurope/London2021-02-08T08:45:47+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonMon, 08 Feb 2021 08:45:47 +0000 2017 / 8:45 am

        Allegedly! Oh and mustn’t forget the £350m for the NHS 🤦🏻‍♀️.

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  5. Cathy 172809 MonEurope/London2021-02-08T09:26:45+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonMon, 08 Feb 2021 09:26:45 +0000 2017 / 9:26 am

    A really nice six that cheered my Monday! Especially that delicious hebe. Like Padraig, I’m suffering from Brexit. No seeds from the UK (Sarah Raven & T&M particularly regretted) and no plugs from Hayloft. Have a good week!

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    • greengirlgardener 172809 MonEurope/London2021-02-08T09:51:03+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonMon, 08 Feb 2021 09:51:03 +0000 2017 / 9:51 am

      If only all these issues, from the big to the smaller, had been explained upfront so voters could’ve made an informed decision rather than voting emotively 🥲. Pro-Brexiteers would disagree with me, but the whole thing’s a disaster that we now have to live with. I do hope you manage to get some seeds somehow.

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      • Cathy 172807 TueEurope/London2021-02-09T07:27:43+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonTue, 09 Feb 2021 07:27:43 +0000 2017 / 7:27 am

        Couldn’t agree more – what I couldn’t work out is why British voters in Spain voted for it. What were they thinking?

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      • greengirlgardener 172808 TueEurope/London2021-02-09T08:02:07+00:00Europe/London02bEurope/LondonTue, 09 Feb 2021 08:02:07 +0000 2017 / 8:02 am

        🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ who knows! Crazy!! I work for a company importing steel to the UK from the continent and some of my colleagues voted for it! Makes no sense. We’re now seeing first hand the chaos, extra work and hardship it’s causing.

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