Still feeling chilly. Spring shows a bit of leg in February but is really not going to commit until mid March. In the meantime we contend with overnight lows below zero and a meagre 2 or 3°c during the day. Brrrr. Time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday – could be anything! A plant, a flower, a job to do, a favourite tool, a success, a failure, anything at all. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week.

1 – Euphorbia purpurea – a purchase from the shop at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Still in its pot, it is destined for underplanting on the shady border.


2 – Salvia x amethyst seedlings – I’ve got a few varieties of salvia on the go, this is one of them. They have all germinated well.


3 – Weed seedlings – always a risk when bringing in manure direct from the farm without any heat or steam treatment. The manure mulch in the borders all has a sheen of weed seedlings. I need to hoe it all off before it takes hold. A job for the weekend.


4 – Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ – these are coming through in force. A hopeful sign of flowers to come in June. I meant to move them when dormant but forgot – oh well…


5 – Allium sphaerocephalon- I accidentally bought 100 or so of these drumstick alliums back in the autumn. I have planted them in clumps of 15-20 in several places throughout the front and back gardens. They should flower in July, later than the other alliums I have.


6 – Begonia – I rescued these plants from a patio pot after they got hit by a frost in November. After trimming off the affected leaves, the remaining growth was in good heart. These have been lazing around in luxury in the heated bench ever since and seem quite happy. I really like the silvery tone of the leaves.


Those are my Six, what are yours? Join the gang – couldn’t be easier, just write your post, add a comment to this post containing a link to yours, and maybe a link back to this blog in yours. For more details, check out the brief Participant’s Guide.

Enjoy your weekend, don’t forget to check back later on as more links are added.

I’ll be back next week for another Six on Saturday.