Six on Saturday – 30th April

I’m typing whilst sitting on my new egg swing chair (must feature it one week, perhaps when there’s a dearth of prettiness left to feature) and I’m being entertained by music from next door’s youngest’s fourth birthday party. There’s a bouncy castle for the little ones but the parents are enjoying an 80s playlist which suits me down to the ground. That’s my era!

This is the closest I’m going to get to gardening beyond a bit of watering this weekend. We’ve just got back from a lovely week in Lanzarote, during which I managed to go flying off an e-scooter landing (heavily) mainly on my palms and left knee so kneeling is out for a while and dirt in grazed palms I’m guessing wouldn’t be a good idea. We stayed in a lovely hotel which, informatively, named a lot of the plants in its grounds.

I presume most people would know even without the label that this is a geranium (or maybe not?) but there were lots of succulents and other plants and shrubs which I was interested to identify. I thought it was a nice touch.

I’d sowed some seeds in the greenhouse before we went and gave them a good soaking on our morning of departure hoping they’d make it through the week.

I checked yesterday and the cosmos in the little terracotta pots had sprouted but nothing else. I gave everything a good watering and left it up to the lap of the gods. This morning I checked and a few nigella have appeared and one petit pois. I really hope I get some more petit pois. I may sow a few more when my hands are healed.

It seems the garden didn’t mind us being away because it’s got on with the business of the season admirably on its own. A couple of the pots were looking a bit sorry for themselves, but a swift watering and they’ve survived. The rhododendron was looking like it was about to explode with colour before we left and I was worried that we’d miss it completely …

… but it waited for us. A couple of the flowers are out but most are still getting ready. Such a beautiful bloom, this one. I’m so glad I rescued it from the sale table when garden centres reopened in the first relaxation of covid measures.

This Welsh poppy self seeded itself this year in one of my pots and before we left it had lots of foliage but no buds. Yesterday I noticed a bud, and this morning it had opened!

Similarly, my clematis Montana had some leaves but no buds just over a week ago, but now she has lots of flowers. More than ever before, in fact. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that she didn’t flower at all for a couple of years, then I got one or two flowers a year, but now there are quite a few. Lovely delicate linen coloured petals.

I’ll finish with geum Totally Tangerine. I thought I may have lost it this year, because an awful lot of the leaves were dead when I did some weeding and maintenance recently, but it’s just about hung on in there and now it has a flower. It’s definitely somewhat depleted from previous years, but let’s hope it picks up and gains strength through the summer.

That’s your lot for this week. It’s got to that time of year where I have to prioritise what to feature, rather than scrub around trying to find anything of interest. I imagine others are the same, so I’ll pop over to the Propagator to see what others have prioritised. I hope everyone has a great bank holiday weekend.

7 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 30th April

  1. Heyjude 173006 SatEurope/London2022-04-30T18:42:02+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 30 Apr 2022 18:42:02 +0100 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Love your Welsh poppy. I have just planted some seeds so hoping that they will germinate, though the instructions say it may take months! I’d love to get them self-seeding around the garden.

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    • greengirlgardener 173010 SatEurope/London2022-04-30T22:17:38+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 30 Apr 2022 22:17:38 +0100 2017 / 10:17 pm

      Our first one just appeared from nowhere and has spread to several places and reliably comes back every year. Good luck with yours.

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  2. Rosie Amber 173008 SatEurope/London2022-04-30T20:19:37+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 30 Apr 2022 20:19:37 +0100 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Sorry to hear of your mis-hap. That really is a lovely rhododendron. Hope you can get back to gardening soon.

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    • greengirlgardener 173010 SatEurope/London2022-04-30T22:18:48+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 30 Apr 2022 22:18:48 +0100 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you. My knee’s a bit sore but thankfully appears to be healing ok.

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  3. tonytomeo 173009 SatEurope/London2022-04-30T21:10:38+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 30 Apr 2022 21:10:38 +0100 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Oh, those E-scooters are scary. They are popular in Santa Cruz. I think that is what they are.
    Clematis montana sure is pretty. It is one of only a few Clematis that are reliable here. However, I believe that it blooms a bit later. It can get overgrown fast! All the good growth ends up where I do not want it, leaving scrawny old stems down low.

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    • greengirlgardener 173010 SatEurope/London2022-04-30T22:21:14+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSat, 30 Apr 2022 22:21:14 +0100 2017 / 10:21 pm

      The e-scooter was lots of fun …. Until I went flying off it!!
      My granny had a clematis Montana too, at least she said that’s what it was, but the flowers were huge on hers.

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      • tonytomeo 173101 SunEurope/London2022-05-01T01:21:40+01:00Europe/London05bEurope/LondonSun, 01 May 2022 01:21:40 +0100 2017 / 1:21 am

        The smaller flowers, I believe, are part of the allure of Clematis montana. Larger flowers are better for more refined landscapes. (Besides, the larger flowered hybrids do not perform well here.) Huge flowers are likely something else.

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