It’s been a funny old week weatherwise. Many of the young plants that I’d started hardening off were returned to the mini greenhouse, along with the emerging dahlias, when near freezing temperatures were forecast. The troublesome Zinnia seedlings were given preferential treatment and were brought into the conservatory for added protection from the slimy ones. In the end we escaped a frost but as it’s been so chilly and blustery most days the youngsters have stayed under cover. The Zinnias appear to be thriving now they’re living a cushy life indoors; I have my suspicions they’re sleeping on the sofa at night, though I have no proof. Right, time for the first of this week’s Six on Saturday.
1. This delicate looking fragrant beauty, Lily of the Valley, originally came from so-and-so who acquired some from what’s-their-face. I’ve recently learnt it’s poisonous if eaten. A lot of plants are, but I’m glad I got shot of the edible wild garlic that used to grow nearby as the leaves look quite similar.
2. The Californian Poppies seed themselves here there and everywhere. Most seem to end up orange. However, a few yellow ones have returned in the front garden this year. The flowers close up early in the evening and unfurl again in the morning, even when brought indoors as cut flowers, and last several days.
3. Ah, Gertrude Jekyll. I’m growing Gerty as a climbing rose. This is her second year in the garden and she’s about a metre high now. I moved her in February so that her fragrant flowers could be more easily appreciated near the blue shed.
4. Last week I promised more Dutch Iris and here they are. I suspect a few will crop up in later SoSs.
5. A few weekends ago I had a big tidy up of the border that I refer to as the wildlife area. The tiny pond is based here but it’s also where the more rampant plants like the Crocosmia, Red Campion, Ragged Robin, Vinca/Periwinkle and Honesty live. The Honesty, a show earlier in the spring, had finished flowering and was beginning to flop all over the place. I pulled up some of it to give the other plants a bit of breathing space. However, I’ve left a few for the seed heads, which are just as pretty now as they will be later in the year when they turn into silvery paper disks.
6. And finally… The new Harlow Carr rose tree has started to flower. More fragrant blooms to inhale and at a far more sensible height than the Lily of the Valley.
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.