A rare enough occurrence, February 29th, but super unusual to have one on a Saturday. The last one was in 1992 when I was avoiding revision for my Finals and, far as I can tell, the next one won’t be until 2048 by which time I’ll be knocking 80. Enjoy today then, the first and (probably) last leap day Six on Saturday! Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a plant, a flower, a job to do, wildlife, a seedling, anything at all. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week.

1 – Peat free compost. Last weekend I popped to B&Q to get compost and some 20mm gravel. Weirdly, that is ALL I bought. I sailed past all the plants, the clearance shelves, all the gardening paraphernalia. Must have been coming down with something. Anyhow, I have previously bought B&Qs own brand peat-free, quite good value at 3 50L bags for a tenner but they don’t seem to sell it any more. This New Horizon stuff is more expensive, and as I recall, smells a bit funny. It seems to work well enough, which is the important thing. Plus I get to feel smugly virtuous.


2 – Narcissi ‘Tete a Tete’. I planted a bunch of these in planters on the patio, they are beginning to come through, this pair is the vanguard.


3 – Tulip pots, freshly dressed. On that plant-free trip to B&Q I bought some gravel with a purpose in mind, namely making my rather plane-Jane tulip buckets look a bit smarter. I counted them. I have 50! Should be rather colourful, although I would like to pressure wash the patio before moving them there. Just needs to stop raining for a while…


4 – Rose ‘Gertrude Jekyll’. I bought Gertie here last year after many SoS folks had waxed lyrical on her many virtues. She didn’t do a great deal in her first year, but I just spotted 2 new stems emerging from the base. I am taking this as a sign that she is nicely settled in and probably also that she appreciated the manure mulch.


5 – Mystery Clematis Threesome. Cathy, of this parish, mentioned last week that she had bought a mystery clematis along with her order with Thorncroft Clematis. Thorncroft are selling off unlabelled stock for a fiver each. For several minutes I was strong, confident in the knowledge that I don’t need any more clematis, I even have two waiting to be planted out. Good value though. Very good value. Irresistible, even. I could probably squeeze in a few more. Couldn’t I? Sure I can…


6 – Persicaria, bursting forth. This is p. ‘fat domino’ which were very vigorous last year. It’ll get to a few feet tall and similar across and flower for months. For now it is just a couple of inches tall.


Those are my Six for this week, what are yours? If you’d like to have a go, 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 and other ways to participate you can read the brief participant guide.

I have a long list of things I want to get done in the garden, getting longer every week with the poor weather we’ve been having. I hope you manage to get out and get on, don’t forget to pop back here as more links get added during the day.

As a bonus extra for you, I managed to clear all those wood chippings from my drive last weekend. I now have 4 full compost bays, newly resurfaced paths in front and back gardens, and about 20 bags left to use for purposes currently unknown.


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