Six on Saturday 2nd April

Here we are again, Saturday and time for Six on Saturday with our esteemed host, the Propagator. The weeks, and indeed months, are flying by! Maybe it’s because, unlike the past two years, something resembling normal life is possible again. Whilst I’m not grieving for the majority of 2020 and 2021, I would take the weather of two years ago over the Arctic excuse for spring that’s happening outside at the moment! It’s freezing!! Hardly any gardening has been done and I really need it to warm up so I can go and sow some seeds before it’s too late. Anyway, despite the polar bear climate, I braved the elements to take some photos.

My hydrangea is starting to fill out with leaves again. On the ‘Jobs to do this weekend’ section of Gardeners’ World last night, Monty suggested deadheading last year’s hydrangea flowers if the last frost has passed. According to BBC weather it’s going to be -4° tonight, so the dead heads can stay for another week or two.

Next up are my giant lilies – two weeks apart. I’m quite amazed by the spurt they’ve put on. I’m sure they were quite late last year, but, correct me if I’m wrong, I think that’s normal in their first year. These were from QVC last year and they look and smell delicious once they get going.

There are very few benefits of bad weather, in my humble opinion, but one of them is most definitely the appearance of diamonds in my sedums. Ok, I know it’s rain really, but don’t they look like little, sparkly gems nestling in between the leaves. Nature is beautiful.

Next I’m looking for advice. As you can see, my lovely cordyline suffered in the last bout of bad weather. We had a tiny amount of snow a couple of months ago and my cordyline literally bowed under the pressure! I was hoping it would spring back but it hasn’t. Do I just have to wait for new growth or is there some gardening magic that I can conjure? Next question, if I manage to restore it to its former glory, what do I do next year to prevent it happening again, short of running out there every time it snows and shaking it off?

I’m going to finish up with two colourful points. Firstly my two completely free cowslips that just appeared, the orange rimmed one last year and the yellow the year before. I’ve featured them both already since they woke up again this year, but they’re so lovely that I think it’s worth showing them off again.

Finally some daffs. They’re all coming to the end for another year now so I’m taking this opportunity to feature them for probably the last time, and I think these two are particularly gorgeous daffs to say farewell with (until next year, obviously!)

Right, now that’s done, I’m off to make myself a hot chocolate to warm me up and I’m going to binge the second half of Stay Close on Netflix whilst snuggled under a blanket!!

3 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 2nd April

  1. tonytomeo 173008 SatEurope/London2022-04-02T20:25:44+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 02 Apr 2022 20:25:44 +0100 2017 / 8:25 pm

    The bent leaves of the dracaena (Cordyline) can not be repaired. Suspending them with something like a wrap around tomato cage might make it look even sillier. pruning away lower leaves would allow upper bent leaves to sag even more. I think that if it were in my garden, I would just allow new growth to develop and prune away lower growth as the upper growth became more prominent. Although I would be inclined to prune away the lower growth sooner than later, I also know that leaving it attached accelerates new growth for a while.

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    • greengirlgardener 173008 SatEurope/London2022-04-02T20:36:59+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 02 Apr 2022 20:36:59 +0100 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you – I’ll leave it for a little while longer then.

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  2. Roguegarden 173004 SunEurope/London2022-04-03T04:55:48+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 03 Apr 2022 04:55:48 +0100 2017 / 4:55 am

    Lovely spring photos – particularly the cowslips and daffodils. I am intrigued by the giant lily and look forward to seeing it in its full glory.

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