Well, that’s Christmas done for another year. Christmas Day dawned bright and frosty and most of my Six on Saturday selections were taken that morning, after taking a moment or two to enjoy the fragrant flowers of the Winter Honeysuckle.
It was a nice and perfectly timed respite from weeks of wet and gloomy weather. Alas, it was back to normal by Boxing Day as the temperature rose and the rain fell once more. However, while I’m bored of murky damp days, judging from my first SoS some of the garden residents have been thriving on them…
1. I’m not sure what has been nibbling on these Foxglove leaves. Initially I assumed it was the slimy plant assassins of the night but now I’m not so sure. A robin started chatting away while I was snapping this with my camera. Although not fluent in bird speak I think he might have said “Holy Digitalis leaves Batman!” (sorry). Although deadly to us humans the leaves are apparently harmless to whatever has nibbled on them, which is a pity. They’ve not touched my next SoS though.
2. I’ve not grown rhubarb before but I wasn’t expecting new leaves over the winter. Is it confused by the mild weather? Should I chop the new leaves back or just leave them be? Do I need to consider stocking up on tins of custard?
3. Next up, the skeletons of one of the small alliums adding a bit of structural winter interest.
4. A parcel arrived yesterday; a last minute compulsive pre-Christmas purchase of Iris ‘Alida (Reticulata)’ bulbs. However, I didn’t notice until after I’d planted the bulbs that the accompanying label was for a variety called ‘Joyce.’ So what had I planted? I contacted the supplier and they confirmed (with remarkable speediness) that they were indeed ‘Alida.’ Apparently they didn’t have any Alida bulb labels and had supplied one for a variety that looked similar (I was supposed to have received an email to explain this). There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the two but I think I prefer ‘Alida.’
5. Over the past few days I’ve noticed the blackbirds snacking on the berries of the Pyracantha and the Cotoneaster hortizontalis. However, one particularly leisurely female blackbird was perched on a plant support enjoying the dark berries of the dwarf Christmas Box. The flower buds are forming nicely and come February they’ll be releasing their sweet scent.
6. And finally… There are quite a few primulas flowering in the garden but most have been nibbled by the slimy so-and-sos . However, this one has escaped their attention… for now at least.
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.