Six on Saturday (2 March 2019)

Well, it was good while it lasted. The unseasonably warm and sunny weather has come to an end and it’s due to turn really nasty tomorrow. I’m glad I didn’t take the plunge and uncover the swing seat. Last weekend I managed to get most things I’d set out to do in the garden done. The first lot of seeds of the year were sown: a few tomatoes, dahlias, sweet peas and some cosmos. The last of the borders was tidied and mulched, one of those satisfying tasks that instantly makes the garden look better (unfortunately the resident cats also rather like it – the perfect litter tray apparently). I spent a while realigning the two paving stones in the back lawn to make them flow more nicely with those in the new gravel path (although my wife couldn’t tell the difference) and I made a bit of a mess of the lawn (top-dressing with slightly soggy compost was a big mistake). One or seven plants may also have been purchased last weekend, including a couple of lavenders for the newly tidied front garden, and the first of this week’s Six on Saturday…

1. And it’s a controversial one in our household. A fern (Tsusima Holly Fern). I’ve wanted to get one for a long time now. I like their unfurling frondy ferny foliage. My wife however isn’t so keen and there was a bit of face pulling when I casually plonked this in the garden centre trolley. The dwarf conifer was the last controversial plant purchase. But I ask you, how can you not love this fern? This cute little fern. Who’s a pretty fern then? Who’s a pretty fern?!

2. Now I must admit I pulled a bit of a face when my mother-in-law gave us this the other week. Initially I wasn’t very keen. I’m not a fan of big and blowsy primulas and this one looked suspiciously blowsy. However, it’s grown on me and I actually rather like it now it’s been planted.

3. The hyacinths have started to open. This one looks almost iridescent.

4. I’d forgotten all about the tulips I’d planted at the end of November. The violas have been stealing the limelight and I’d not noticed the tulips pushing up through them. These are more advanced than those in another pot. I think they might be the Humilis Persian Pearl.

5. The mixed pack of crocuses I planted in the Autumn have done rather well (apart from a few daft ones that have a tendency to flop over).

However, I think this one might be my favourite. From a distance the flower looked as though it was pure white, but upon closer inspection it turned out to be far more interesting. So far it’s one of a kind.

6. And finally… Oxlips (not cowslips as I originally assumed). These flowered twice last year and I’m hoping they’ll seed themselves around a bit. The flowers are simple, understated and rather elegant, although they’d probably have looked more elegant if I’d taken a bit more care with my mulching.

And they were my Six on Saturday. If you’d like to join in (and you know you want to) head over to the site of the chap who started it all over at where you’ll find guidance on how to participate and links to other Six on Saturdays from all over the World.


23 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (2 March 2019)

  1. I bet your wife is thinking, ‘What, just green leaves? No colour?’ I think ferns can be one of those love or hate plants. In the right situation, like the purple primula, can be fabulous. Otherwise, just blah. Love the cowslips (a primula by another name, right?)

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    1. She’s not keen on the leaves for some reason. Cowslips are the giraffe of the primula world… actually that sounded better in my head than written down.


  2. Many beautiful pictures and lots of colors this week! Primrose flowers, crocuses, hyacinths… are very pretty and of course more colorful than a “common” fern. But in winter, ferns are very interesting … so your wife can enjoy it later (well, I hope)

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  3. We have a pot of flashy primroses out the front and I like them fine and I have lots of wild primroses and some doubles out the back that a dandy too. What I don’t think works well is to mix them. I planted some of the cultivated Cyclamen last year amongst species and they don’t look right. So I love both your blue primrose and your cowslip but I don’t want to see a picture of them together. Nowt wrong with the fern either IMO.

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    1. I think you may be right. They are in separate parts of the garden! I’ve ended up with a few wishy washy pale pink primrose type flowers this year which I think might be the offspring of a wild one and a cultivated one.


    1. It has and they do! Turning wet and windy tomorrow but this time last year we were covered in snow so shouldn’t complain, well not too much anyway.

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    1. Yes, I’m appreciating the white edges of the purple petals. They really make it stand out. I have been converted!


  4. There seems to be a lot of very blowsy primula around at the moment and I am avoiding them. I did once buy some as pot toppers and then plonked them in the garden where they survived a couple of years, only seen on red one so far this year. I much prefer the natural native primroses and cowslips. As for ferns they make up the majority of my woodland walled border and look fabulous I think in summer when that area is cool and green.

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    1. Big blowsy primula do seem to be the in thing at the moment. I prefer the simpler, smaller variety though this new one has won me over. And I do have a nice cream double variety which is just about to start flowering. Ferns remind me of my mum’s garden and the country. Another one or two may have to be acquired over time!

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  5. Ferns are always welcome in my garden, I love them. I know what you mean about big blowsy over- hybridised primroses, they are a guilty pleasure for me, I used to be appalled by them but now I find them rather jolly. I keep them confined to the greenhouse so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of my more purist gardening visitors.

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    1. I’ve just read an article in a gardening magazine about big colourful primulas that said “make no mistake – at this time of year it’s not about ‘tasteful’, it’s about ‘happy'”. It’s making me have a rethink! They certainly do add some cheer at this time of year and that’s the most important thing.


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