A rather quick Six on Saturday today as I’m off up to North Wales to stay with my folks for a few days. I still haven’t planted the Sweet Williams or the rest of the bulbs. However, last weekend I dug up the unscented ‘highly fragrant’ Jasmine humile ‘Revolutum’ (now living in my mother-in-law’s garden) and accidentally killed a small tree (Prunus mume ‘Omoi-no-mama’) whilst trying to relocate it elsewhere in the garden. I was a tad too eager in waggling the trunk to see if I’d loosened the roots enough to move it (I hadn’t) and it snapped at the base. Truth be told I’d never been completely happy with it and perhaps the old subconscious wanted to do it in.
1. Anyway, the sudden demise of the tree resulted in trips to several garden centres last Sunday to find a replacement. No tree was purchased but I did end up with this small Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’ grass…
2. …. and a controversial dwarf conifer. My wife’s not keen on them and I didn’t think I was, but I rather like this one; it adds a bit of pointy structure.
3. The Graham Thomas rose is flowering again.
4. And the scabious plants grown from seed are still going strong, though the red one hasn’t done so well as the other colours.
5. The Jasmine has been flowering off and on for a while now. It will get a good chopping back soon as it’s taking over one side of the garden. It’s great for privacy from the neighbours though.
6. And finally we have my nemesis, the washing line, an essential bit of kit for drying clothes but one that dictates the overall layout of the garden. I have a plan to plonk another holder/hole for it in the centre of the lawn so that we can move it there when drying sheets that require more space but leave it near the path the rest of the time. Hopefully this will mean we can plant some slightly taller plants near the path.
It has also inspired a poem (best read doing an Alan Bennett or Pam Ayres impression):
And they were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.