Six on Saturday: A Growth Spurt (13 April 2019)

All of a sudden the garden is looking a little verdant. Everywhere you peer there’s fresh new growth. Lovely vibrant greens of varying hues that really stand out in the sun. The birds are singing, the bees and hoverflies are buzzing and though still nippy, the garden is definitely stepping things up a gear.

Lilies, bluebells, forget-me-nots and poppies are slightly ahead of the rest of the pack, but the shrubs aren’t far behind. Well, all except one.

1. The new Hibiscus is looking decidedly deceased. I’ve read this is a common fear when it comes to Hibiscus and I’m beginning to see why. There’s not a promise of a bud. Zero, zip, zilch. Apparently leaf buds can remain illusive until May, so I’ll try not to worry just yet. What was that? Is that a lupin in front of the Hibiscus? Err, yes. Having given up on them in despair last summer, leaving them to fend for themselves, a few appear to be thriving, untouched by slug, snail or aphid… well so far anyway.

2. Now this is more like it. Fresh new vibrant growth. I’m not always sure about variegated leaves but I do like the Weigela ‘Florida Variegata’. This was originally a cutting supplied from the old Ancestral home in North Wales. Until last Autumn it had been growing in the South facing front garden and had always struggled with the heat come July. I’m hoping it will do better in a more shady bed in the back garden.

3. The Pyracantha is also sporting fresh new green, slowly filling in the gaps of the trellis and providing a bit more privacy from the neighbours (I’m sure they think the same).

And look, flower buds…

4. Bit of a cheat this one. Seedlings. Some of which have been grown in the new mini greenhouse and some on window sills.

The tomatoes were potted on last weekend. Those with labels are yellow Tumbling Toms and those without, Minibel. They’re living a cushy life on the window sill in the spare bedroom.

Dahlias were also potted on, including these Figaro Mixed, a dwarf variety.

This is one of two trays of Alyssum. When I were a lad my friend’s dad used to grow Alyssum in the front garden and I’m sure it had a honey-like scent. I’ve not grown it before and I don’t relish thinning these out.

And here’s the Morning Glory ‘Split Second Double’. I’m wondering whether I should pinch these out at some point, if only to keep them a tad smaller so that they can stay in the mini greenhouse until the risk of frost has passed.

5. The Daphne x transatlantica Pink Fragrance was a new addition to the garden last June and was planted in the Autumn after a lot of careful deliberation as to the perfect location. It’s in a slightly shady location which appears to benefit the flowers as they’re definitely pink at the moment (it can be a bit tricky telling this and the Daphne x transatlantic Eternal Fragrance apart once the flowers have faded in the sun). It also has lots of fresh new growth which is encouraging.

6. And finally… It’s the return of the pink Saxifraga. This has been flowering for over a month now and shows no sign of stopping. Over time the flowers have developed a lovely multihued appearance. The white one is still going strong too.

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.

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26 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: A Growth Spurt (13 April 2019)

    1. I think they’re pretty tough plants that appear to grow anywhere. This one has pink flowers but I’ve seen a variety with reddish flowers in some gardens.

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  1. Don’t be afraid with your hibiscus. It’s will start later. Mine have not shown buds so far…I guess it will need about 2-3 weeks.
    Nice mini greenhouse and congrats for your dahlias, ahead of mine..

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  2. Just went and checked on our hibiscus, which I cut back quite radically in the autumn and it does have buds already, but it is in a sunny sheltered spot and is well established, so I’m sure Fred is right and yours will show buds soon. Fingers crossed.

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  3. I quite like your mini greenhouse. I have been wanting a safe place to grow seeds, and this seems like it. Do you have problems with it getting too hot in there? I love your saxifraga- they are so cheerful!

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    1. No problems with heat yet, but it is in a rather shady spot. The roof panels open to allow the heat to escape.

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  4. May I say you have excellent taste in mini-greenhouses (clearly yours came from the same place as mine). Seedlings are not a cheat (Mr Prop features them regularly, alongside emerging shoots of something or other). That Saxifrage is stunning. Do you know the variety/cultivar/name, please?

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    1. Saxifrage Alpino Deep Rose. There were a few mini greenhouses to chose from but this one was the perfect size. Did you go aluminum or painted? I almost went blue but went cheaper instead!

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      1. Thanks or the ID. I went for aluminium. Irrespective of price, powder coating dulls over time far more markedly than the aluminium finish and if you scratch the coloured surface you have a visible scratch for life.

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      2. I was relieved I hadn’t gone for the powder coating when I was putting it together – there would have been many scratches.

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  5. Your greenhouse bears a close resemblance to another I’ve seen on SoS today- I see it has already been mentioned! I do like the Saxifraga as anything that flowers so prolifically is certainly a bonus. I have a Weigela in my front garden and it survived days of 35 plus heat during the summer. I think they’re very tough.

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    1. Weigelas do seem very tough. Reading up on them they seem to like all aspects. The leaves of mine have got a bit scorched the past few summers. I think the other mini greenhouse is the next model up!

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    1. Balamory? I like the sound of that variety. Not sure about this double one but it was free so can’t complain!

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  6. The Saxifraga is so pretty. I wonder how long they will flower for? I attempted to grow Alyssum from seed last year but for me it was a fail. The plants i bought from the garden centre the year before had a wonderful smell… mine were just puny

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    1. I think this is the longest flowering lot of saxifraga I’ve had. I’d be surprised if they survive the winter though. They don’t usually. I’m putting off tackling the alyssum!

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