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.

Six on Saturday 10th April

This Saturday has come round quickly because I had an extra day off work after the bank holiday weekend because it was hubby’s birthday. We couldn’t do much with most places still closed so we went to a garden centre to have a browse. I didn’t buy much – I know there are plants that I need, but I just don’t know which ones yet so I decided not to just buy willy nilly, but to restrain myself and go back when I know what I want.

Anyway, on to this week’s Six. I shared a couple of weeks ago that we had lost my Granny unexpectedly. I have been lucky enough to inherit her outside pots. I haven’t got them yet because she lived a couple of hours drive away, so I’ll get them on the day we go to say our goodbyes (for now). Excuse the quality of the photo – I had to take a screen print of a photo that was emailed to me. I’ll think of Granny every time I look at the pots.

With that in mind, I decided to have a bit of a rearrange outside so that the pots can go somewhere visible from the house in a pretty arrangement that we can enjoy. I potted up the pretty orange cowslip that I shared a couple of weeks ago. It’s flopped a bit, but on the whole seems to have coped ok with being uprooted.

This will probably need to be moved around when I have the pots so I can show them off to best effect. I bought the wall basket from the garden centre this week, and I really like it so I think I’ll get a couple more.

I did succumb to one impulse buy at the garden centre – this Nigrescens grass. I figure it’ll look good in one of Granny’s pots.

Over the Easter weekend I finally got outside to do a little bit of tidying and clearing of winter detritus. There is a vast amount still to do, but it’s far too cold to be out there this weekend. I bought a chrysanthemum last year which was flowering in early summer, and then flowered again in the autumn. I assumed that it would die in the cold and snow we had but, happy days, it’s survived and is putting on some good growth. I don’t know how well it’ll do because it looks a bit patchy, but we’ll see.

Next is my white camellia that I bought in the sale when garden centres reopened after the first lockdown last year. I think it’s fair to say that this bud is full to bursting!

I’m going to finish on a slight cheat – two photos for one point! The daffodils aren’t going to be around for much longer – a lot of them have already faded, so I thought I’d feature them one last time before (hopefully) the summer plants take over. These two, while they don’t look like your stereotypical daffodil, are so delicate and pretty.

As ever, do pop over to check out the comments at the Propagator’s blog for more Sixes. Hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Six on Saturday 3rd April

Bank holiday has thrown me! I almost started to write this yesterday thinking it was Saturday, and today feels like Sunday. Oh well, it’s not, so here I am.

I’ll start with greenhouse progress and my seeds are coming along nicely. The only ones which are a bit reluctant to get going are my tomatoes. I didn’t take a picture of them – you don’t need to see what is essentially a pot of soil!

I don’t have labels, I have a note on my phone instead. I’d like to say that’s because I’m far too technologically advanced for labels, but actually it’s just that I’m not organised enough to buy any! So, in the green bamboo pots and the triple container there are Russian giant sunflowers, in the two six compartment containers are Pacino gold sunflowers and the tray and the teeny tray on the top right contain sweetpeas. Underneath that in the 99p tray are cosmos dazzler and the white tray middle bottom is nurturing zinnia orange king. Let’s hope they all survive the cold spell that is forecast over the next few days.

Next is an update on the suspected honesty plant that I posted last week. It has put on a huge growth spurt over the past week and now has tiny buds and I recognise them from when I grew honesty a couple of years ago so it is now a fully confirmed honesty plant. It’s a bit skewiff in the pot but I think a couple of carefully placed bedding plants will balance it out.

Next is my ‘new’ raised bed. I use inverted commas because I actually bought and assembled this last year but it was too late in the season to try and grow anything in it so it’s been sat there all winter patiently waiting. I have a bit of an issue because I can’t get the legs into the ground, but I also can’t get the screws out to remove them. I have attempted to recruit a bit of muscle (hubby) to either battle the screws or saw the bottoms off, but for some reason that I just can’t fathom, he doesn’t seem to share my enthusiasm for it! Don’t worry – I’ll wear him down in the end!

A raised bed needs compost so yesterday we popped to Homebase and picked up lots! I’m going to need more at some point, but this will keep me going for now.

Hopefully there will be enough left for me to pot this lovely lot up.

I ordered these from QVC weeks ago and they arrived a couple of days ago. I have two pots (also from QVC) ready and waiting for them. I actually expected the bulbs to be bigger, but we’ll see what happens.

Speaking of lilies, I noticed that these ones have started sprouting and here starteth my lily beetle watch! I think these are Asiatic lilies. I’ve bought so many that they all merge into one! I’m pretty sure these are the bright yellow ones. Time will tell.

See all the winter detritus covering the ground? This is all from next door’s jungle which means hardly anything grows on this side of the garden. I’ve got a plan hatching for this space though which hopefully I’ll be able to put into action soon and tell you about.

Until then, the Propagator’s blog is ready and waiting for you to peruse along with all the other Sixes for this week. I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend with lots of gardening and hopefully lots of chocolate.