Six on Saturday 16th April

I’m writing this sitting outside drifting backwards and forwards on my new egg chair (thank you QVC) having spent the day getting stuck into some well needed gardening. I’ve decided to call it a day now, partly because I’m exhausted and partly because time’s getting on and I want to get a Six done today because this time next week we’ll be in Lanzarote (covid, security/check in delays and flight cancellation permitting!) so I won’t be writing a post then (although you could still pop to see the Propagator without me next Saturday and see what other treasures people are sharing).

Most of my points today relate to this photo taken yesterday as we left Dobbies with a fully laden boot.

My main purpose for going was to have lunch in their restaurant (check) and for compost (check) and bedding plants (check). However I also came out with several unforeseen purchases. Isn’t that always the way with garden centres?

So on with my first point (I’m counting the above as a preamble, not a point).

Most of the bedding plants have found a home, whether it be square, round or semi-circle. It was BOGOF on packs of twenty violas and pansies, so I got one of each. I’m so happy it’s finally warm enough to get on with the early summer planting. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think we can be fairly confident that the final frost has been and gone. I had one cowslip in the wall basket from last year and I noticed another couple had self-seeded themselves halfway down the garden, so I dug them up and rehomed them, and added a couple of violas to make a pretty wall display.

I was intending to replace all my strawberry plants this year, but I decided to give the ones in our big planter one more year to see if they’ll perform so I just bought three new plants to replace the three original ones I had in a pot.

These are alpine strawberries and it says they’re perfect for pots so hopefully they’ll do well.

Somewhat dominating the space in my boot was a cotoneaster. I absolutely wasn’t intending coming home with a cotoneaster but, well, it happened!

I moved a couple of things around in the space behind my birthday planter and the cotoneaster fitted in perfectly there. It fills a space nicely. I also took the opportunity to deadhead last year’s flowers from the hydrangea that you can see in the background now the aforementioned frost has passed.

I sat down for a few minutes after planting the cotoneaster because it needed quite a big hole digging, and my back was complaining, and look who chirruped over to see if I’d turned up any worms.

Little beady-eyed robin red breast. He’s never far away when I’m out gardening.

I spent a bit of time in the greenhouse – 26.5° it was in there!

I sowed petit pois seeds in the green containers. I decided to try to start them off in the greenhouse this year because last year I sowed them direct and not a single one germinated. In the small terracotta pots are cosmos and in the bigger pot is nigella. I don’t know if either of these will grow because they’re old seeds that have been in the greenhouse since last year, but I thought I’d give it a go.

Finally, the first bluebells are opening their little heads to see the sun.

Aren’t they pretty? They seem to take so long to flower and then once the blooms have died you’re left with a load of unattractive leaves. Still, best to appreciate them while they last because there’s certainly no getting rid of the abundance of them in our garden.

I hope you’re all enjoying a relaxing Easter weekend with lots of relaxing, chocolate and maybe a bit of gardening. I’ll catch you all on the other side of our holiday.

6 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 16th April

  1. tonytomeo 173005 SatEurope/London2022-04-16T17:14:04+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 16 Apr 2022 17:14:04 +0100 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Alpine strawberries are popular enough to suggest that they must perform well. I do not know what to think of them. I know that they are improved versions of what grows wild, but are not as extensively bred as the previously more common sorts (and likely not genetically modified any more than conventional breeding).

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  2. Rosie Amber 173008 SatEurope/London2022-04-16T20:05:58+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 16 Apr 2022 20:05:58 +0100 2017 / 8:05 pm

    It’s full steam ahead in the garden now isn’t it? What a great garden centre haul!

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    • greengirlgardener 173010 SatEurope/London2022-04-16T22:35:29+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 16 Apr 2022 22:35:29 +0100 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Absolutely! It’s finally warm enough to spend time outdoors again! 😁

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  3. Kenneth Barker 173009 SatEurope/London2022-04-16T21:49:40+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 16 Apr 2022 21:49:40 +0100 2017 / 9:49 pm

    What a lovely picture of a robin! Happy Easter to you both

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    • greengirlgardener 173010 SatEurope/London2022-04-16T22:36:01+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 16 Apr 2022 22:36:01 +0100 2017 / 10:36 pm

      And to you both Ken 😁.

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  4. wisconsingarden 173005 SunEurope/London2022-04-17T17:13:22+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 17 Apr 2022 17:13:22 +0100 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Lovely pictures – I especially liked the little robin. Our robins have been busy too, but they are the American type with the amusing Latin name of Turdus migratorius which always sounds like some Monty Python skit to me and makes my inner 12 year old giggle. I went to a big box garden center today and my extra was a few pansies. I usually go the the center that I live dangerously across the street from – they are closed today for Easter, as well they should be.

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