Feeling rather gloomy last weekend, I decided a spot of online horticultural retail therapy might help lift my mood. Though there was an accidental last minute purchase of a small bag of Dutch Iris bulbs, the other purchases were of the premeditated, guilty as charged your honour kind, including a scented I-sort-of-know-where-it’s-going-to-go small tree and a few packets of seeds.
Some seeds I’ve grown before, like the Ceratotheca triloba or South African Foxglove (sadly it didn’t flower before the first frost struck but I’m going to try again) and the Crepis rubra or Pink Dandelion. Some I haven’t, such as the Bishop’s Children Dahlias (I’ve decided to give them ago after reading Joshua’s blog). This weekend I’m going to start checking my existing packets of seeds (many collected from the Garden News Magazine) to see what I’ve got. I probably should have done this before ordering any more. I also failed to take into account self seeders in the garden, which leads me to my first SoS.
1. A lot of seedlings are coming up in the patio bed. I planted Alyssum and cornflowers here last summer so I’m wondering whether any of these seedlings might be their offspring. Looking at this photo I’ve just noticed some clover that needs pulling up. An Erigeron karvinskianus (or Hestercombe Daisy) seedling may also have to go; it seeds itself everywhere.
2. The garlic is growing away nicely in the troughs and a big terracotta pot. Whether it will split this year and form some decent sized cloves who knows. I’d feel more confident if we had a spell of seasonably cold weather.
3. While the garlic is looking well, the same can’t quite be said for the Daphne x transatlantica Eternal Fragrance which has suddenly started to shed some of its leaves. The shrub is described as a ‘semi-evergreen’ so I’m not overly concerned, though I didn’t notice it losing any leaves when we had a cold spell last winter. I’ll keep an eye on it.
4. I almost bought my wife some flowers the other day but then, ever the romantic, decided that a few pots of bulbs would surely be better value as I could plant them in the garden after they flowered. I bought her some hyacinths (her dad always used to grow them in pots indoors)…
… and some Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’.
5. I’ve seen a lot of photographs of flowering Rosemary of late and I always feel a bit envious; ours has never flowered. It started life in a pot several years ago, got planted into a herb bed briefly, and was then dug up and put back in a pot. It’s remained small, mainly because we use it quite often in our cooking, and I’m assuming this is why it has never flowered.
6. And finally… Oh yes, the Violas are back. They’re thriving in this mild weather. I have a particular soft spot for this one and wish I knew what variety is was as I’d consider purchasing some seed. I might attempt to take some cuttings from it in the spring.
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.