I realise this happens every year, but isn’t it a great relief to have lighter mornings and evenings? It is still dark when I get home during the week but I can at least get a decent length gardening day in at the weekend now. Six on Saturday then. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a bud, a seedling, a completed project, anything at all. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week.

1 – Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’. A frontrunner! I’m not really expecting these to flower until later in the spring, but this one seems super-keen. I’m not complaining. I have four or five of these dotted about the garden.

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2 – Dreaded Bindweed. An annual battle, these are the advance guard of the enemy army. it comes through from next door, has done for years. I am encouraged though this year as we have new neighbours that seem to want to do something with their new garden. Perhaps they will be more motivated to manage this weed than the previous occupants. My weapon of choice is the handfork. At least with a surface mulch they tend to be a little easier to pull up.

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3 – Euphorbia amygdaloides purpurea. Again. Remember a few weeks back I was unsure whether or not to cut back this untidy plant? Well, I decided to carpe the diem and chop it back. It seems to be responding with new growth.

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4 – Amalanchier ‘Robin Hill’ I bought two small trees last autumn, bother were dormant at the time. I can now see new buds breaking, always exciting to see after the winter. I am hoping I get quite a lot of value from this tree.

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5 – Wallflower, soon to be. One of about 15 survivors of a batch of 60 bought last autumn as bareroots. They seem to be thinking about flowering, a bonus as I got a refund on the original purchase. Better than a poke in the eye…

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6 – Magnolia stellata – almost! This dwarf tree lives near my front door and for a few weeks of the year looks magnificent. It is just getting into gear now, just another day or two for the first flowers to emerge. I hadn’t noticed before, there is a distinct tinge of pink, but when the flowers do open they are pure white.

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Those are my Six this week, what are yours? If you’d like to take part, and why not, just publish your post and pop a link to it below in the comments. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be super. For more details you can read the short participant guide.

Have a productive gardening weekend – I have a pretty full list of jobs to do, including potting up my newly arrived dahlia tubers! Don’t forget to check back in later in the day as more links get added.

I’ll be back next week with another #SixOnSaturday.

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