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 https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com where you’ll find guidance on how to participate and links to other Six on Saturdays from all over the World.