My garden is responding well to a spell of glorious sunshine followed by some worthwhile rainfall this week. Things are going bananas! As others have observed, we have gone from famine to feast in terms of available options for inclusion in Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a weed, a pest, a success, a failure, foliage, seedlings, anything at all. Join in!

I have decided to focus on the more ephemeral of the available options, those most likely not to be there next week.

1 – Narcissus ‘Pheasant’s Eye’. This is a late flowering daff, it only recently got going. They are smaller than I expected and at one flower per stem not especially floriferous either. Still, they are quite dainty and if you get close enough quite pretty. From a distance they just look white. I’ll be pleased to see them again next year but think I will try some different late-flowering daffs rather than adding more of these.


2 – Tulip ‘Slawa’. These are almost over, in fact their brothers in the pot on the patio are already done. These are in the ground in the border and still look OK. I quite like them but think I prefer ‘Brown Sugar’ or ‘Orange Dynasty’ which have similar colouring.


3 – Hellebore ‘Pink Lady’. I was not expecting any more flowers from the hellebores, and certainly the ones I already had in the ground are long gone. This one was recently planted after buying on a 3 for 2 offer at RHS Wisley. I’ve put them at the front of the shady border, they should be happy there.


4 – Tulip ‘Elegant Lady’. Not terribly elegant, more slobbing about in her pyjamas. To be fair to her, when closed up in the early morning, they do look quite elegant. Not one I’d rush to get again.


5 – Apple blossom. The big cooker tree that overhangs my veg plot is usually good for a year’s supply of chutney and numerous apple crumbles. Last year was poor, not sure if it was the cold spring or hot summer that did the damage, possibly both. This year though the tree has been a riot of colour, albeit shortlived. Most of the blossom is now on my lawn but there remain some good clusters on the tree. I am hoping for a bumper crop.


6 – Tulip ‘Mistress Mystic’. Sounds like a she might be a psychic, or possibly a supplier of niche services of the kinky variety. In reality she is a tulip of slightly mucky looking pink. I shan’t complain, tulips this late in April are welcome. Hopefully she will stick around long enough to hand over to the alliums.


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I’ll be back next weekend for another #SixOnSaturday.