I’m a bit bored of the wet and windy weather we’ve been having lately. Many a night of late I’ve lain awake listening to the wind and rain, worrying whether any of the aging and slightly rickety fence posts have finally snapped and pondering the implications this will have for all the climbers. I like my winters bright, still, dry and frosty. These mild and damp conditions seem strangely unhealthy. I’m sure the garden pests are relishing it.
1. Which leads me straight into my first Six on Saturday. Late last Sunday afternoon, during a brief respite from the rain, I went for a wander around the garden, on the look out for colourful, flowery and leafy things to photograph. In the shadiest part of the garden I found that some of the periwinkles (or creeping vinca) have begun to flower.
They have a tendancy to take over, rooting wherever a stem touches the ground. However, they are evergreen and seem to flower, off and on, throughout much of the year. I didn’t spot it until after I’d taken the photo, but if you zoom in you can see a green aphid-like critter sheltering in the centre of the flower. I’m not sure this bodes well for next year!
2. My wife took a cutting of a Viburnum that was growing in the tiny garden of the first house we rented. I think it’s Viburnum farreri. It’s about 7 or 8 years old now but only started flowering two years ago. That first time it had just a few buds but it’s gradually beginning to produce more flowers. They have a nice scent too.
3. Talking of scent, the Coronilla subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’ that grows in the back garden has just started flowering. It has a paler flower and a greyer leaf than the Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca in the front garden and has never done quite so well. I suspect it’s because it doesn’t get as much sun. This one was sold as a climber and is being trained up a bit of trellis.
Here’s a picture of the one out the front…
4. All of the garlic in the troughs is coming up, and nicely in formation too. There’s no sigh of the cloves I planted in the flower bed yet though.
5. The Lonicera fragrantissima (or Winter honeysuckle) is in full flower. The other weekend there were a few honey bees and a hoverfly enjoing the nectar. And look – blue sky! It didn’t last long.
6. And finally… the orange berries of the pyracantha don’t usually seem to be that popular with the birds. Most years they’re ignored and wither away. This was how the pyracantha looked way back in September and up until last weekend nothing had changed; the berries remained unscoffed.
However, on Sunday I noticed that the majority of the branches had been stripped bare of their berries. I’m assuming blackbirds, though I’ve not seen any feasting on them. So does this mean we’re in for a hard winter or that the birds are just a bit less fussy than usual?
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.