In just four weeks time it will be the Spring Equinox. How do you like them apples?  One doesn’t like to wish one’s life away, but I am sooo ready for winter to be over.  Just 3 more Six on Saturdays after this one.  Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, you know the drill. Join in!

Here are mine…

1 – Eccremocarpus scaber, probably. If I’m right, this is a survivor from last summer’s climbing “annuals”.  The Chilean Glory Flower is often grown as an annual here but can survive the winter in milder parts, particularly if sheltered. Fingers crossed it will be even more vigorous this year than last.


2 – Ginormous pile o’ chippings.  Earlier in the week I got a call from a local tree surgeon, asking me if I wanted a truckload of freshly chipped wood. I was about to go into a meeting so hurriedly agreed, forgetting to ask how much of it there was.  A lot, it turns out.  I will use some for paths in the front and back garden, and some will go to build a good compost heap, but I will have loads left over, no idea what I’ll do with all that.  Maybe I need more compost bays. If I can find somewhere to stash it to rot down, next year I will have a good mulch that will probably do the whole garden. I need to move it all this weekend, right now it is not possible to get to the side gate…


3 – Stachys, fresh growth.  A month or two back I was bemoaning the state of my stachys plants which looked very bedraggled.  I removed all the decaying leaves, stripping them all back to the bare stems, near enough.  I’m pleased to say they have all recovered some dignity, putting out fresh green growth.


4 – Daffodil ‘Jetfire’.  A favourite last year, I bought a load more. This group is from the original batch, the new ones are barely in bud. I imagine they will soon catch up.


5 – Alcea seedling. I forget how many seeds I sowed, probably not many, but so far only one has germinated. The seed was from the HPS scheme, this one was described simply as “hollyhock, burgundy”.  We shall see.


6 – Daffodil ‘beauvallon’.  These buds caught my attention as I initially thought they must be allium buds. Odd, thought I, those summer drummers are not supposed to flower till well into the summer. On closer inspection they are daffs, not alliums. The bud is an unusual shape, a definite touch of the onion about it in my humble opinion.  When it flowers it will be a blousy double, not something I’ve grown before. Shouldn’t be too long now.


Those are my Six, what are yours?  If you’d like to take part, 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 tip top.  For more details you can read the brief participation guide.

This weekend I will be mainly shifting loads of woodchip around the garden!  Don’t forget to check back in as more links get added during the day.

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

Tinkety-tonk and down with the Nazis.