It’s still a bit dull and rainy, frankly. What’s the story? The weather people are teasing us with tales of 20 + degrees next week and the sunshine to go with it. You remember, that hot yellow thing that made a brief appearance late last week. Still, whether the sun got the memo or not, it is time for Six on Saturday – Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday! Could be anything – a flower, a vegetable, a plan, a success, a seedling, a pest – anything at all. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week.

1 – Muscari, or grape hyacinth. Funny looking things, I always think. This lot are gradually (very gradually) spreading into a worthwhile clump, growing through some ropy looking lavender.

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2 – Physocarpus opufolium or Ninebark, in some quarters, I gather. I pruned this shrub hard back to the framework just a couple of weeks back. It has responded enthusiastically, already throwing out new growth all over.

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3 – Euphorbia amygdoloides ‘purpurea’. I bought this back in November, in the depths of this plants quiet period, and it has remained stolidly purple ever since, until recently. The lime green flowery things are coming out.

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4 – Dicentra spectabilis. Renamed something else spectabilis now I think. This was just an inch or two high not a week ago, now a good foot high. Spring has definitely sprung for this plant.

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5 – Geranium, variety unknown. Clearly a red-leaved variety. These seedlings are the fruit of one of my many Hardy Plant Society seed sowings. There are several well on their way to poking through, a couple can be seen in the background. I shall wait till a few more are up before pricking out.

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6 – Allium something or other. I was a little carefree with my bulb planting back in October. This could be one of five varieties. We’ll see when they come up. I had some alliums before, all ‘purple sensation’ I think, I add 75 more to this in the recent bulb frenzy. Looking forward to seeing them all up, I think they look quite stately, and the seed heads are good value too.

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Those are my Six for this week, what are yours? If you’d like to join in, just write your blog post, then add a link to your post in the comments below, and maybe a link back to this blog in yours. For more details, see the brief participant’s guide.

Have a great weekend, enjoy the sun next week (if there is any!), and don’t forget to check back in as more links are added during the day. There were almost 40 last week – a record!

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

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