Happy New Gardening Year!  As I sit here typing on Friday afternoon, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, some gardening has been done, so at least that is going right in the world. I’ve planted some plants, sorted some others out, partially vanquished the rampant jasmine.  All this leisure mostly comes to an end on Monday when I head back in to work after a nice break over the holidays. Sigh.  In the meantime, Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a bulb, a tool, a job to do, a plan, anything at all. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week…

1 – Crocus tips. I planted these about a year ago, quite late. They flowered well enough, so I’m hoping for good things this year now that they have settled in. This one is among 50-odd that I planted at the foot of the amelanchier ‘robin hill’.


2 – Possible Pelargoniums. They are undoubtedly pellies, the point is that they may possibly survive the winter. I was going to compost the lot of them to make way for some wallflowers I’ve had knocking around for ages. On closer inspection I could see that they are not yet ready to shuffle off this mortal coil. I took pity on them, splitting the plants, trimming any dead growth and large, rot-prone leaves the potted them up in 1L pots. They will spend the rest of the winter in the greenhouse. It seems a lot of bother for what were very basic plants but I didn’t have it in me to bin them.  Probably they won’t all survive, but if they do that’s some plants I won’t have to buy in the summer.



3 – Seeds, Rhodochiton atrosanguinea, purple bell vine.  Another climber, another new to me. I have just the spot for it, on what is likely to be a crowded front garden fence. Perennial in frost-free conditions, it’s usually grown as an annual here in the UK.


4 – Wallfowers, potted up.  I was given these months ago but am only now getting around to doing something with them. Having disinterred the pellies, I’ve used the same pots for these. They should give some nice colour by the front door while we wait for the tulips to do their thang.


5 – Allium christophii. This is one of last year’s bulbs, making a welcome return from the grave. I have plenty more of these waiting in the shed, I’m looking forward to a good show from them this year.


6 – Jasmine, vanquished. A bit. If Michael Caine was watching, he might well have said something like “you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”.   Well, what does he know? This plant is a right thug. I regret ever planting it. So there.


Those are my Six, 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 fabulous. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.

I hope you are able/willing to get some gardening done this weekend, and don’t forget to pop back as more links are added during the day.

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