Six on Saturday 17th April

Well, I think it’s safe to say that Spring has finally sprung. It’s warm outside, the weeds are starting to go crazy and there’s hope in the air. I’ve just popped in to do a really quick Six because I’m actually going out to eat tonight for the first time in over six months! So exciting! Hope it’s not too cold!

I’ve decided to showcase the uncultivated end of our garden today. Some might say the whole thing is uncultivated because it’s certainly got a thrown together feel, but it’s a whole lot better than it was when we moved in. We’re slowly working our way through the whole garden, but we’ve chosen our battles wisely and thus far the end of the garden has just received enough attention to stop it running completely wild till such time that we can decide what to do with it.

Here it is in all its glory.

I’m not counting that photo as one of my Six – that’s just to illustrate what I’m talking about!

We need to get out there and do our annual damage control because I noticed today that we have a couple of what I think are sycamore trees in the making courtesy of the wind and next door and I don’t want or need sycamores. They do look surprisingly pretty as the leaves unfurl though.

I spotted two other new additions that must’ve blown in on the wind or via a bird today and I’m unsure whether they’re worth leaving or moving elsewhere. The first is this which looks like some kind of euphorbia to me.

If anyone has any clue, please let me know your thoughts. It certainly looks more attractive than the nettles and dock leaves that populate the area in numbers!

The second is this variegated delight. Some sort of euonymous, do you think? Definitely worth saving if so.

It’s definitely worth having a scout around up there at this time of year, because the odd beauty does appear. A couple of years ago this cowslip decided to grow itself and I moved it to my birthday planter and it’s gone from strength to strength. I love it’s beautifully cheery yellow flower.

This next plant is determined to make itself at home and reappears in droves every year. We usually pull most of them up but leave a few remaining because the bees absolutely love it. I’ve put it in a plant identification app and I think it might be a great forget me not.

My final point seems apt today, being the last Six before my Granny’s funeral. On the day that Granny passed away, as I was sitting working away blissfully unaware of what had happened a hundred or so miles away, a whole load of white feathers came puffing out of a tree over our lawn. I’ve mentioned before than whenever I see a white feather in the garden it makes me feel close to my Grandad who passed away several years ago and now I wonder if Granny was somehow letting me know that she’ll be there with him overseeing my garden adventures. Who knows!? It’s a comforting thought.

Told you it would be quick! All that remains to say is that the Propagator’s blog is ready and waiting for you to check out other Sixes.

7 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 17th April

  1. tonytomeo 173011 SatEurope/London2021-04-17T23:51:44+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 17 Apr 2021 23:51:44 +0100 2017 / 11:51 pm

    To me, those are maples. In England, they might be sycamores. The Latin name for London plane (sycamore) translates into the sycamore that looks like a maple. The Latin name for the Norway maple translates into the maple that looks like a sycamore. Yes, there is a sycamore maple, with a Latin name that means that it is the maple that is a false sycamore. It gets confusing. Yours just might be the sycamore maple . . . or simple ‘sycamore’ in your language.

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    • greengirlgardener 173008 SunEurope/London2021-04-18T08:44:48+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 18 Apr 2021 08:44:48 +0100 2017 / 8:44 am

      That is indeed, confusing! They’ll have to come out anyway, and before they get too big!

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  2. Paddy Tobin 173007 SunEurope/London2021-04-18T07:04:31+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 18 Apr 2021 07:04:31 +0100 2017 / 7:04 am

    Yes, sycamore – generally considered a weed tree here as it self-seeds so very much. Ash is a big weed with us.

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  3. Roguegarden 173004 SunEurope/London2021-04-18T16:29:58+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 18 Apr 2021 16:29:58 +0100 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I liked seeing the interesting “volunteers” that have appeared in your relatively uncultivated back area. Several of them do seem worth leaving – or moving to a spot in one of your beds. I realize sycamores are likely not among those that will be treasured, but the bronze leaves unfurling from the coral buds really are lovely.

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  4. Pádraig 173009 SunEurope/London2021-04-18T21:58:49+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 18 Apr 2021 21:58:49 +0100 2017 / 9:58 pm

    That’s a fine selection from the uncultivated end.
    I’m wondering if the blue one might be borage?
    My condolences to you on the death of your granny.

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    • greengirlgardener 173010 SunEurope/London2021-04-18T22:15:55+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 18 Apr 2021 22:15:55 +0100 2017 / 10:15 pm

      Thank you. Yes it could be – looks similar to google images. It’s actually quite pretty.

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      • Pádraig 173010 SunEurope/London2021-04-18T22:21:36+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 18 Apr 2021 22:21:36 +0100 2017 / 10:21 pm

        If it is, yes it’s a lovely thing. Bees love it… I grew it two years ago and it self-seeds itself.

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