Today, in a sunny spell, I found myself in the garden feeling excited for spring. I ooh-ed and aah-ed at things showing buds, or new growth, tutted about pruning that needs doing and generally thought I might want to do some gardening this weekend. It has been a while. The wintry weather forecast might scupper this tentative feeling, but it was good.
In the meantime, let’s do Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, you decide. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week.
1 – Helenium clump. The helenium autumnale in the front garden did extremely well last year. A little too well to be honest. I have two or three clumps like this one. I think I am going to dig it all up, divide it and give them all away. I don’t know what I’ll plant instead, but it will be less tall, less floppy and less relentlessly yellow.
2 – Tropaeolum tuberosum ‘Ken Aslet’. These have bulked up nicely since I planted out some individual tubers last spring. This one is growing against the side fence in the front garden. In theory they should be lifted and overwintered but I gambled that they would be OK in my reasonably well drained soil. It has been pretty wet so far this winter, but they seem to be managing. This should quickly romp away up the fence once spring gets going.
3 – Hellebore ‘Pink Lady’. Bought at extravagant expense (OK OK, three for the price of two) last year this clump is flowering away. I almost didn’t notice, so demur is she, but I spotted her as I almost slipped on the wet grass in a surprise crocus avoidance manoeuvre.
4 – Surprise crocuses, they of the above mentioned slippage. I have looked from time to time for the emerging leaves of this group of crocuses, they live at the base of our tres chic washing line, but nothing doing. I had begun to imagine they had rotted or otherwise succumbed. But no, here they are, sneaking up on me unsuspected. Rude.
5 – Viburnum tinus ‘Lisarose’. I bought this and a couple of other shrubs last April. This one has suddenly got quite tall and is beginning to fill its intended space in the shady border. It will soon flower, I think, provided an early meal for the local buzzy ones.
6 – Dwarf lilac buds. This could probably do with a little prune for shape. Covered in buds, it will be briefly totally fabulous in May, then mainly a bit dull till next year. Still, can’t have everything.
Those are my Six, what are yours? If you’d like to join in, just publish your post and pop a link into the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be splendid. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.
Whether you are braving or avoiding the elements, enjoy your weekend! Don’t forget to pop back later as more links get added during the day. Stay safe.
I’ll be back next weekend with another #SixOnSaturday.