It’s 2019, the Christmas merriment is over, the decorations have been taken down, I know what day of the week it is again and that strange phenomenon that afflicts my work trousers the same time every year has occurred once more – they’ve shrunk a little in the waist.
But New Year trouser shrinkage isn’t the only strange phenomena to have occurred during the past few weeks. Oh no, far stranger things have been going on in the garden…
1. The first of which is grass cutting. On New Year’s Eve I noticed that the back lawn had put on a surprising amount of growth since its last trim back in early November.
My little push mower struggles with the grass when it gets too long so it seemed wise to tackle it there and then. However, I don’t think I’ve ever mown the lawn this late on in the year before. I’m hoping the recent spell of chillier weather will continue for a while and slow things down a bit.
2. It’s not just the grass that has been stealthily growing during the mild winter we’ve had so far. Despite thinking I’d been pretty ruthless with the forget-me-nots last year, reducing them to just a few plants here and there, I appear to have failed miserably. They’re coming up everywhere.
3. As are the common red poppies, which is odd as they didn’t do very well at all last summer.
Californian poppy seedlings are also popping up all over the place. Unfortunately the orange ones tend to be more prolific than the yellow.
4. Weeds have been enjoying the recent mild weather, especially the bittercress. I don’t normally weed during the winter but it might be necessary to get shot of this particular nemesis before it flowers and sets seed.
This shiny leafed weed always thrives in the shady damp bed. I’ve no idea what it is.
And this ivy has appeared out of nowhere. I’m not sure whether I should keep it or not. Would it do okay in a pot, trailing nicely over the sides? Would it be good as ground cover? Or should I just get shot of it? Suggestions welcomed.
5. This is a view from the sofa in the conservatory. The fuchsia is still flowering and the vinca is looking good but will definitely need to be taken in hand soon. It’s doing a good job at softening the remains of an old bird bath but is in danger of taking over the bed.
6. And finally… bulbs. These might be daffodils (with some viola, honesty and other as yet unidentified seedlings.
Crocus and a whatsamajig…
And rather excitingly I think these might be the ranunculus…
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.