Back to work, how tedious. What with the dark evenings, short days and an increasingly time consuming running habit, time for gardening is limited at the moment.  Probably just as well, my inclination is also limited! This will undoubtedly change once I get around to sowing seeds in a few weeks time. That never gets old.  For now, it’s time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything. A flower, a pest, a weed, a pond, a job to do, anything at all. Join in!

This week’s selection from me are all focused on new growth.  Mainly because that’s about all there is to see in my garden just now!

1 – Daffodil – ‘Jetfire’. A favourite of mine last year, they are just poking through the mulch I put down over the holidays.  Being a tight git, I most enjoyed the prolific flowering, 2 or 3 per stem. I added another 75 of these bulbs back in the autumn, so enamoured was I.


2 – Tulip ‘Blueberry Ripple’.  Just nosing through the surface, it will be a good 2 or 3 months before I see any flowers, but they are a welcome sight nonetheless.  I’ve not grown this one before, I’m looking forward to seeing it in all its finery.


3 – Coleus seeds. I successfully grew a different variety a couple of years ago but last year’s attempt with these was an epic fail.  I hesitate to blame the seeds, they were from a different supplier, but perhaps I will have more luck with these.  We shall see. They looked great planted in pots on the patio, particularly if the mixture of colours is anything like that displayed so temptingly on the packaging.


4 – Clematis ‘The President’.  This is teeny regrowth on a teeny cutting, taken last summer from the parent plant, itself fairly new to me.  I have a tray of them, so if they all come back to life I shall enjoy potting them on and try to ignore the conundrum of where the hell to plant them.  I had a lovely one of these a few years back, it pretty much covered a whole trellis panel in purple flowers for months at a time.  I killed it by over-pruning it one winter. Shan’t be making that mistake again.


5 – Lupin ‘Tequila sunrise’.  I collected this seed last summer and sowed back in September or October.  They germinated well then, as one might expect, died off as winter approached.  I’m pleased to say that they have started to re-grow. With a bit of luck I should have a couple of dozen of these to plant out, space (and slugs) permitting…


6 – Hellebore seedlings, probably.  John K, once of this parish, perhaps soon to be again, sent me these seeds last year. I sowed them fresh then left the tray out in the cold frame. Frantically looking for something to include as my 6th item, I cleared the sycamore and oak leaves from the surface to reveal these fellas.  It is not impossible that they are tree seedlings. This would be something of a disappointment. As is nearly always the case in this gardening lark, time will tell.


Those are my Six for this week, what are yours?  If you’d like to take part, just publish your post, pop a link to it in the comments below and you’re done. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be even better. For more details you can check out the brief participant guide.

Good luck with the gardening this weekend, and don’t forget to check back in during the day as more links get added.

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