For the most part gardening helps me to forget my worries about this and that and provides an opportunity to appreciate nature up close in our little patch of green. Potting on seedlings in the evenings, cheering on the sparrows as they pick off aphids and smiling at a small posse of starlings as they search for leatherjackets in the lawn and shamelessly steal the grubs from each other; all of these things have helped maintain my inner Zen over the course of the week.
However, gardening can sometimes lead to minor despairings, mutterings and dark doings. I’m having real issues with Zinnias this year. Germination has been poor for some reason and many of the seedlings that have come up have either been eaten by slugs or simply keeled over. I’ve sown more and woe betide any slug that crosses my path (I’ve been wielding my trowel in ninja type fashion against the slimy plant assassins of late). Thankfully, there’s plenty of things in the garden to help me shrug off my minor Zinnia woes and that leads me to my first of this week’s Six on Saturday…
1. Mrs Bradshaw, a Geum, is adding some nice splashes of vivid red in the garden. I’ve acquired a few more varieties of late and I’ve finally got around to ordering Totally Tangerine.
2. For reasons unknown I’ve been unable to capture the true blueyness of my next SoS. This Lithodora grows underneath the dwarf Lilac and seems to be doing particularly well this spring. Both my phone and camera were deployed in photographing it, but the deep blue of the flowers end up up looking decidedly washed out.
3. Now this was an exciting discovery. I sowed a packet of Aquilegia seed last year, free with the Garden News magazine. The first one to flower turned out to be purple, which was nice enough, don’t get me wrong, but I wasn’t wowed.
Then on Thursday evening I discovered this elegant yellow one. Some more are about to bloom so I’m curious now to see what other colours there might be.
4. The Dutch Iris have begun to open. These will feature a lot over the coming weeks. For now I will limit myself to this white variety. You have no idea how much restraint that took!
5. The standard Buddleia received a severe pruning in March. After a slow start it’s finally got going foliagewise. These shoots should be several feet high in a month or two, if they don’t get snapped off in any high winds.
6. And finally… The first of the Purple Sensation Alliums have opened. Globes of purple perfection, alas hidden somewhat behind the garden bench!
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.