Well, it’s officially Spring and the garden is accelerating almost visibly. Sadly that also means the weeds are going nuts. Bindweed, my annual scourge, is poking up in all the usual places, and those sycamore! Everywhere. Time for Six on Saturday. Clue is in the name – Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – flowers, foliage, tools, a success, a failure, an untidy corner, a job to do, anything at all. Join in!
Here are mine for this week.
1 – Muscari, Grape Hyacinths. I planted these years ago, along the edges of the wisteria border. They are certainly reliable, coming back in numbers every year. This pair is among others growing up through the lavender. I confess I don’t much like them, they have a touch of the haemorrhoids about them. Still, mustn’t grumble, not a great deal of flowering going on so one should enjoy what there is.
2 – Peony. Just a week ago these were tightly packed red buds, barely showing on the surface of the soil. These are new to me via grannysgarden. I gather they are a red flowered-variety, the name is lost to history. I still have one or two pieces to plant out, I must get around to that.
3 – Narcissus ‘Peeping Jenny’. The second to flower of five daff varieties that I planted out back in the autumn. Apparently the petals fade to almost white. They are ok, I suppose, but lack the pzzazz of the jetfire variety.
4 – Cornus ‘midwinter fire’. A couple of weeks ago I cut this right back to the lower trunk, about 8 inches from the ground. It’s stil a fairly young shrub, this is year 3 I think, so this is the first prune. I’d like to have this re-grow from the base every year, keeping it fairly tidy and also maximising the winter show. I’m pleased to say it is already kicking out new growth, always a relief after a hard prune.
5 – Wallflower, ‘Cloth of Gold’. Those little yellow buds from a couple of weeks ago have fulfilled their destiny.
6 – Tulip kauffmaniana. Here we go again. A very reliably perennial tulip and always first to flower. For reasons best known to my past self, I planted them at either end of a planter, with much taller daffodils sparsely planted between them. As displays go it is thus a bit lacking, but close on they look great.
Those are my Six for this week, what are yours? If you are contemplating joining in, couldn’t be easier, just publish your post, pop a link to it in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be fab. For more details and for other ways to participate, please see the brief participant guide.
Have a fab weekend in the garden, I certainly shall be for as much of it as I can. Don’t forget to check back in as more links are added during the day.
I’ll be back next week with another #SixOnSaturday.