So here we are, brave new (old) world post-election.  I don’t especially like the result but it was certainly unambiguous so, for good or ill, we move on and make the best of it. I am focussed on the fact that in only 18 days I will sow my first seeds of 2020. Just the chilli seeds, but still, I will enjoy doing it.  In the meantime it is time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, a flower, a leaf, a job to do, a pest, a fungus, anything at all. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week.

1 – Cat business.  I emptied out this planter a few weeks ago and loaded it up with tete-a-tete daffs and some re-distributed tritelia laxa ‘queen fabiola’.  Something has been in there digging, or at least disturbing the peace. I suspect cats, probably ours.  I need to tidy up and put some netting out until the growth fills out.  Some of the daffs are beginning to sprout.


2 – Daffodils.  Talking of daffs, these are the first ones up out of the ground.  I think they are bog-standard yellow daffs planted two or three years ago. Bog standard or not, I’m very happy to see them.


3 – Savlia cuttings. These are caradonna, late cuttings that I took a couple of months ago. The hydropod was out of commission (for which read ‘needed a good clean’) so I set them up round the edge of a pot and then into a Ziploc bag they went.  I’ve removed the brown ones, they have failed to thrive. I don’t see roots out the bottom of the pot yet, but I was unable to resist giving the green ones a light tug – I think they have rooted.  I’m going to leave them be until March, no need to disturb them now.


4 – Tropaeolum tuberosum ‘Ken Aslet’.  This is a more or less hardy form of climbing nasturtium.  Brigitte, a gardening Twitter friend, sent me these tubers in the post this week. They would probably be ok outside in my conditions but I will store these in sand over the winter and pot them up in March to go out after the frosts. It should get to 2m in the first season and should do a nice job covering a bit of fence.


5 – Hellebore, standard issue.  Those buds from a couple of weeks back?  Coming out to play now.


6 – Jolly Boating Weather.  Last weekend Mrs P and I were away near Bath, staying on a narrowboat. We visited the American Museum just outside Bath. In addition to the rather eclectic mix of exhibits, there is a decent sized garden.  All pretty bare or dead just now, of course, but I do like a wander round a garden. There was an enormous great swathe of 6’+ allium skeletons. I wonder if they are the same as my tall ones?



Those are my Six (ish), what are yours?  If you’d like to join in, just publish your post and pop a link to it in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be fab.  For more details you can read the participant guide.

Have a super weekend, I hope you can dodge the weather to get at least a bit of pottering done.  Don’t forget to check back in during the day as more links get added.

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