Six on Saturday (7 December 2019)

Well that’s it, the garden has finally been put to bed for the winter. The swing seat has been covered up, the borders have been tucked up all nice and warm with a mulch of well rotted manure and a blanket of fallen leaves, and that last big job that I’d been putting off for ages, has finally been completed…

1. Oh yes! Last Sunday the Jasmine received its annual chop. In a few hours it went from this…

To this…

The sun even came out just as I finished the job and I’m sure I heard a choir singing “Hallelujah.”

For all its benefits (nice foliage, beautifully scented flowers and the privacy it provides along the trellis fence) the Jasmine is a thug. This stem was running along the length of the border

putting down roots wherever it touched soil.

2. The Cyclamen have spread themselves around the garden in a far more civilised manner. They stopped flowering a while ago but this has allowed their foliage to take centre stage.

4. Now apparently my next SoS is on a list of invasive non-native species, although so far this one seems to have behaved itself. Cotoneaster horizontalis, a plant acquired from the old ancestral home up in North Wales a few years ago, is fast loosing its leaves. Yet even without foliage the structure of the plant remains interesting.

5. Some more autumnal colour up next, Poulton’s Pride Rhubarb. This was a new addition to the garden in the spring. We’ve resisted picking any stalks over the summer, allowing it to get established. Compared to my mother-in-law’s two plants it looks a little puny. I suspect it needs more space.

6. And finally… You have no idea how glad I am to get to my sixth SoS. For some reason WordPress has switched to something called ‘Block Editor’ and typing this blog has been hellish. The rest of the weekend will be spent trying to switch it back to ‘Classic Editor’. I will try to maintain some sort of inner zen-like calm by picturing this new Viola (a new purchase last weekend). Wish me luck.

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

19 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (7 December 2019)

  1. You’d have been better off with the Trachelospermum asiaticum that I have instead of the Jasmine but it’s taken about twenty years to get as big as your Jasmine does in one, an all too common trade off. Like you, I became ensnared by the block editor; I escaped but can’t remember how. Why does every computing “improvement” make things worse?

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    1. Ah, the Jasmine was already here when we moved in. A Trachelowhatsit was bought for us by my mum in the summer. I’ve just got to figure out where it’s going to go – possibly along the back fence. I was thinking the same thing as you regarding so called computer ‘improvements’. WordPress seemed determined to force block editor on me and it suddenly became the default setting on my laptop. I might get used to it eventually but I don’t want to.


  2. What a change the jasmine prunning …! We didn’t suspect that there was a fence behind!
    As Jim said, a trachelospermum would have been better and would not have spread so much.
    I love these cyclamen leaves.
    About the block editor, we had also that change 6 months ago .. I’m used to it now and not possible to go back.(or I can’t find where)

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    1. We inherited the Jasmine when we move here. I’d probably be muttering just as much if it was a hedge that needed cutting!

      I fear you might be right about block editor. It seemed to throw up ‘paragraph errors’ all the time for some reason. I can still switch to classic editor mode on my phone or tablet, just not on my laptop. Very annoying.

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  3. I didn’t know cotoneaster horizontalis was considered invasive, altho it certainly does get around. Yours seems better behaved than your jasmine. Both the foliage of yours & Granny’s jasmine are slightly different than mine, less ‘evergreen’ type leaves. I’d asked her & shall ask you if yours is winter jasmine. That viola is splendid. What a beautiful combo of colours it has. Stunning, really.

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    1. The Jasmine was here when we moved in so I’m not entirely sure what variety it is. It flowers in the summer though and the leaves do eventually fall when winter gets going properly. I think Winter Jasmine is a yellow unscented variety with star like flowers (I have one from the free nursery up in Wales but it’s never done very well in our garden for some reason).

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      1. Mine blooms in the summer as well, but I’m not certain is loses its leaves – I’ve only had it less than a year so’ve not seen it through winter. I remember its foliage was reddish when I got it so when it started turning green & was in that muddy colour state, I thought it was dying. Think I shall go research which one I bought & learn more about it! (Still fascinated by that viola.)

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