Is everyone enjoying the long lost 8th season of The West Wing? I think they must have got drunk 9 year olds to write the scripts, the plot line is insane! Final episode on the 20th, anything could happen! In the meantime, let’s settle our anxiety levels with a bit of Six on Saturday action. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a job to do, wildlife, fungi, a design, anything at all. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week…
1 – This year’s chilli seeds. I still have a few in the shed but I’m bored with growing the same ones each year (I only sow a few of each). Santa was clever enough to provide these via whatever access method he uses when you no longer have fireplace or chimney breasts. I normally sow chilli seeds on 1st January so I’m late. A job for this weekend perhaps.
2 – Daffodil bulbs, planted. Approximately three months later than planned, I finally got the last of the daffodils in the ground. It only took an hour, not sure why I’ve left it so long. As you can see, many were sprouting in their paper bag so they are raring to go. They will probably flower a little later this year but should reset the following year. These are n. ‘peach cobbler’ which are a flouncy double in peach and yellow. I’m looking forward to seeing them. I have two groups of 20 bulbs so should get a good clump of them. The other varieties I planted were ‘Thalia’, ‘Martinette’ and ‘Tete a tete’, a bunch of each.
3 – Dahlia mess. I forgot to clear this one away. I must do it this weekend, eventually it will rot and I don’t want to risk that rot getting into the tubers. This is a giant clump, a big plant that I half heartedly support every year. It never fails to flop over. I’ll leave the tubers in the ground, they seem quite happy there, the soil is very sandy there and as you can see it is in a bit of a rain shadow against the wall.
4 – Knee pads. My cats have gradually wrecked my foam kneeler, they love sharpening their claws on it. I was given these for Christmas and they are great. I used them for planting the daffs the other day. They made for comfortable kneeling and stopped my jeans getting overly mucky.
5 – Rose ‘Mme Alfred Carriere’. This plant is close to the house and in a relatively sheltered house so perhaps that is why it is still putting out the occasional flower. Smaller than a summer flower but still exquisite. The plant itself has grown like crazy since I planted it back in the spring. At some point in the next couple of months I’ll need to prune and train it in properly.
6 – Weeds. After a few mild months the weeks have been having a field day. I haven’t been doing much gardening either so I have my work cut out. If the weather isn’t too inclement I will knock them back a bit this weekend.
Those are my Six, what are yours? If you’d like to join in, just publish your post and pop a link to it into the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be splendid. For more detials you can read the brief participant guide.
Have a fab weekend, stay safe and warm! Don’t forget to check later in the day as more links get added.
I’ll be back next weekend for another #SixOnSaturday.