I don’t know why but I’ve been far more organised this year with my seed sowing. I usually start in earnest in April but this time I began at the beginning of March. Maybe it’s down to having the new mini greenhouse. Maybe it’s down to all the bulby springlike colour in the garden (cue a sneaky not-actually-one-of-my-Six-on-Saturday-but-it-was-too-good-to-omit photo of daffodils)…
Maybe it’s the hope that earlier sowings will result in plants that are ready to flower that little bit earlier than normal. Or maybe reading other Six on Saturdays and following the friendly community of planty people on Twitter has just inspired me to get cracking sooner. Last weekend I sowed some Zinnia, Scabious, Aqueligia, Alyssum and Morning Glory ‘Split Second Double’. I’m not entirely sure I like the look of the latter but the seeds were free with the Garden News magazine, its a climber and the fences are still standing despite the never-ending gales so I thought ‘what the heck.’ Anyway, on to the first of my Six on… Sorry, what was that? How did the pruning of the tree go last weekend? Ah, I was hoping you might have forgotten about that. Let’s just say I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not much of a tree surgeon. The tree’s still standing, well what’s left of it, but it won’t be featuring in any shots of the garden for some time. On the plus side, my new telescopic pruning shears worked rather well. Perhaps a little too well.
1. I tend to overlook the Iberis sempervirens (perennial candytuft) but I really shouldn’t. It’s a great little plant that just gets on with it. I’m going to try splitting it at some point as I’d quite like to have its cheerful white flowers elsewhere in the garden.
2. Talking of plants that just get on with it. The Lonicera frantissima (winter honeysuckle) featured in my 3 November SoS, just as the first of its flowers were beginning to open. Over four months later, just as its leaves are beginning to unfurl, the fragrant flowers are finally coming to an end.
3. Yet the deliciously scented Coronilla valentina subsp glauca (which started flowering at the same time as the winter honeysuckle) is still going strong and will probably continue to flower into next month.
As will the paler Coronilla subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’ that grows in the back garden.
4. I thought I’d inadvertently done away with the Pasqueflower when I was rearranging the front garden border. But look! It lives!
Though it was lucky it didn’t get dug up when I planted the new lavender a couple of weeks ago. One of them will have to move. Possibly the Pasqueflower. But only after it’s flowered, as the last time I moved it prior to flowering it didn’t. I think there may be offspring too.
5. More newly emerging leaves. These belong to an Aquilegia. My sister’s garden is full of Aquilegia – they appear to spread everywhere. I wish mine would. I’m hoping for a few more plants from the newly sown seeds.
6. And finally… the standard/half-standard Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’. This was purchased to replace the Prunus mume ‘Omoi-no-mama’ that met an unfortunate demise last Autumn. Although the flowers aren’t fragrant like those of the tree it replaced, they are more prolific. At the moment it looks like a little snowball on a stick. I’m rather pleased with it.
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.