Well the 21st December has been and gone. From here on in the nights will be getting shorter and the days longer. Hurrah! At the moment the garden is looking rather soggy but there are plenty of signs of life. Bulbs are beginning to poke through the ground and some of the winter flowering shrubs are doing their thing and err, flowering during the winter. And there’s still the sweet box and Daphne odora to look forward to yet.
The Christmas holidays have also begun. No more work until the 2nd January 2019. Eleven days to look out at the garden during daylight hours, watch the birds feeding, perhaps do a little planning for the spring, enjoy the odd mince pie and chocolate and, oh yes, enjoy time with family. Anyway, on to my first Six on Saturday…
1. The Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’ has a few flowers out at the moment. It seems to flower throughout much of the year and I wouldn’t be without it. I’m hoping ‘Pink Perfection’ does just as well. Time will tell.
2. The plants making up the little nursery over by the swing seat seem to be doing okay, with the possible exception of one of the three coronilla seedlings potted up in April which is looking a little ropey. I’m not entirely sure it’s going to make it through the winter. The nursery includes a few purchases that I never got around to planting as well as some cuttings, mystery plants/weeds and herbs.
3. Last week I featured a purple vinca/periwinkle. Now a white one has flowered. They’re a bit thuggish and I suspect some have escaped into the neighbour’s garden. Still, they provide all year round ground cover and a splash of colour in a shady part of the garden.
4. The sedum went over weeks ago but it’s still proving some nice structural interest in the garden (front and back). It’ll be chopped back in the spring.
5. The coronilla out the front has been in full flower for several weeks now and will hopefully go on flowering well into April and perhaps beyond. At the moment you have to get up close to the flowers to fully appreciate their scent, but come the spring, when it gets a bit warmer, the scent will become wafty, greeting you as you come up to the front door. I make no apologies that this will probably feature as a SoS quite a lot over the coming months.
6. And finally… remember the Graham Thomas rose hip from the 17 November?
Well, it’s deepening into a rather nice red. Looking out at the garden from an upstairs window I noticed a lot more of these hips on the neighbours’ side of the trellis. They’ve obviously been getting to enjoy the flowers too!
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. Merry Christmas.