Six on Saturday (26 January 2019)

As January races on the days are definitely starting to get a little longer, the nights a little shorter. So much so I’ve actually been able to enjoy a proper view of the garden on the odd day I’ve managed to escape from work a little earlier than normal. And escaping from work leads rather nicely to my first Six on Saturday.

1. A few of us headed off to a book fayre during our lunch break yesterday. I found this month by month gardening guide by Geoff Hamilton whilst browsing through the gardening section. It was in pristine condition and a bargain at only 50p. Just as Peter Davison was my first Doctor Who as a kid, Geoff Hamilton was my first Gardeners’ World presenter. My mum still refers to him as ‘poor Geoff’ after his untimely death back in 1996.

2. Last week I went in search of flowering bulbs in the garden after reading other SoS blogs and tweets featuring snowdrops and the like. And viola… I mean voila, a snow drop! I’d hoped after a couple of years they might have gone forth and multiplied, but alas, no. I may have to buy some more to help things along a bit.

3. I also found the odd crocus in bud, including this yellow one.

4. And yesterday this iris was spotted in the bed near the back door.

5. A week ago I was musing on the pros and cons of digging up some of the patio to create a bit of extra plant space. However, a bit of musing was also required to figure out how to improve access to the patio as the curving path created in August had cut it off from the rest of the garden.

At the moment we just step over the plants but as they grow this could become more tricky and result in the odd mishap of the falling-flat-on-your-face-kind.

So last Sunday, armed with mallet, chisel, pickaxe, spade and trusty trowel, I set to work, mindful that I shouldn’t go too mad and dig up the whole patio. I took up a paving stone and then, after a bit of careful deliberation, I took up another one… followed by two more.

I’ve made some stepping-stones from the lawn to the patio with a paving slab that had been broken in half when the bird bath was dropped on it during a failed burglary attempt a year ago. I’m not sure if I’ve settled on the final layout of the stepping-stones (more musing from several vantage points to get a sense of the overall feng shuiness of things is required) but I think it’ll work out okay once there are a few plants in.

6. And finally… While I was working on the patio my nostrils detected the faint whiff of a rather lovely scent. Last week I featured two varieties of sweet box in my SoS. Well, the buds on the smaller variety near the patio are finally beginning to open and doing their wafty scenty thing.

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.

17 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (26 January 2019)

      1. Bit of a mystery. The two that are flowering are in the shadier bed. We did have a few flowering in the sunnier bed last year as well. I’ll have to take a closer look tomorrow weather permitting to see if I can find any more.

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    1. The lawn was reduced a bit last spring but I need to make sure there’s still enough of it left to put out our table, chairs and parasol (when I can be bothered to retrieve them from the shed). I’m wondering if I’ve removed a paving slab too many! We shall see.

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  1. Good idea to figure out the patio access before your plants get higher. Love your winding garden path – so very peaceful looking, combined with your patio area!

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    1. Thank you. I’ll probably end up with plants that grow up and obscure the steppingstones and we’ll end up with the same problem anyway!

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  2. I am glad I am not alone in re-thinking my paths. Right now I have some holly that is so beautiful along my garden path, however I have to lean waaaaaaaaay left to get around it and then my plants in the border bed get stepped on! Your patio area is lovely. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

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    1. Thank you. I think I may end up with a similar prickly problem with the pyracantha next to the new mini greenhouse. I didn’t think it through!

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  3. Spooky…….. not only do we have a “thing” about trowels, that is one of my favourite gardening books, although, I admit, I bought it when it first came out! That and Ornamental Kitchen Garden and his Cottage Garden book are classics! Sadly missed, I do agree with your mother. Meanwhile, I didn’t think that corner with the bird table needed improving but I look forward to seeing the final result.

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    1. I’ve been having a quick dip into Geoff’s book today. You can hear him when you read it. The patio was okay but I crave a bit more planting space. In realty though I wonder how much extra planting space I’ve created as most plants near the steppingstones will have to be low and creeping if we’re still to make it to the patio with ease. Unless I take up another paving slab…

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    1. Needs must! The yellow crocuses are proving a bit pointless as they’re flopping over as soon as the flowers open.

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