A week of blue skies and sunshine made the first full week ‘self isolating’ not half as bad as it could have been. Still, working from home has proved challenging at times. A dining room chair isn’t as comfy as an adjustable office chair (though a strategically placed cushion has helped). I miss multitasking with two screens (minimising this and that has proved decidedly troublesome). Chocolatey snacks are far too easy to lay my hands on and the working day seems a little longer somehow. On the plus side I’ve been able to spend tea and lunch breaks sitting on the swing seat in the garden watching a bee fly feeding on the nectar from the first of the flowering forget-me-nots, listening to the chirruping of the house sparrows and planning what plants will go where come the summer. With the weather set to turn decidedly chilly from today I suspect such breaks will be taken indoors next week. However, from tomorrow the evenings will be lighter and more after work gardening can commence. That deserves a contented sigh.
Last weekend I potted on the Antirrhinums. Well, most of them; as usual I sowed far too many, got bored of placing individual seedlings in pots and plonked clumps of them in the ground, leaving them to take their chances. Some new seeds were sown, I chopped back the Buddleia and gave the lawns their first trim. And just in time too as our green waste collection has been cancelled for the next few months. I don’t think there’s any major pruning left to do so that shouldn’t prove too much of a problem. As for lawn clippings, I’m going to opt for regular mowing without the grass collector as I’m sure I read that short clippings are beneficial to the lawn. Oh how I wish I had room for a compost heap! Anyway, enough preamble, lets get on with Six on Saturday.
1. First up, Tahiti. When I first grew these last year I wasn’t sure I liked them. However, they won me over and I planted some more bulbs last Autumn. They’re slightly fragrant too.
2. This Pasque Flower in the front garden almost went unnoticed as it was being smothered by a lavender. It always ends up smothered by a lavender. Usually I move the Pasque Flower (which results in a period of sulking). This time I moved the lavender as the border in which they are growing inexplicably grew larger after edging the lawn.
3. This standard Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens can also be found in the front garden, growing in a pot. Last spring the flower buds shrivelled up for some reason so I’m a little anxious how it will fare this time. It was given a trim in the summer and I refreshed the top layer of compost last Sunday, adding some chicken manure pellets. Fingers crossed we’ll have powder blue flowers this year.
4. Next up, more buds. After a successful dalliance with tulips last spring I planted several varieties in November. I’m not sure which these are. Possibly Brown Sugar tulips or Doll’s Minuet. Maybe both. They have some pretty hefty looking stems. However, some tulips are already in flower…
These Single Early Prince Mixed tulips (not the most exciting name as far as plants go) are looking lovely in their pots and a few are also flowering in the borders. The yellow flowers are slightly fragrant which is a pleasant surprise. Yet they’re not the only tulips blooming, oh no!
5. These tulips of short stature are providing a bit of floral drama. Again, some are in pots and some are growing in the ground. In theory they’re supposed to be Clusiana Tubergen’s Gem, a small striped yellow and red tulip that can naturalise if content. Yet there’s no sign of yellow on any of those that have flowered so far. It’s a bit of a mystery. I can only assume a mix up occurred when they were packed by the nursery.
6. And finally… In my last SoS I was pondering the acquisition of some pale blue and white Grape Hyacinths to add to the blue variety that featured last week. I figured I would acquire some next year, but as luck would have it I found both at the County Market shop last Saturday, just before it closed. They’ve been planted along the curving path where they’re adding some much needed spring-like cheer.
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. Stay safe.