Last Sunday I spent most of the day preparing the garden for bulb planting. Annuals were removed from the ground and pulled out of pots, and dahlias were dug up and planted elsewhere to make room for some new bare root roses that will hopefully arrive soon. The rather sodden lawn was mown and forked (it’s prone to water-logging during very wet winters) and a robust looking weed or three were removed. I was all set to commence planting my bulbs over the next two days but alas the weather forecast looks pretty nasty. Perhaps next weekend. Talking of bulbs…
1. I’m going to have to check some of my online bulb purchases to remind myself what they’ll look like in flower. Thankfully, there are no such issues with my first Six on Saturday. Every autumn I’m tempted to plant crocus in the lawn but always decide against it at the last minute as I don’t fancy the idea of waiting for the foliage to die back the following spring before cutting the grass. However, the lawn is so small I could probably cut the grass with nose scissors, carefully snipping round the bulb foliage. Maybe I should give it a go.
2. Last Sunday I put the cover on the swing seat. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get blown off in today’s gales. The garden bench was also folded up and stored in the shed, though I got to sit on it one last time whilst observing the 3 minute silence.
3. Next up, cyclamens. Their flowers have long since finished but the foliage is looking nice and lush at the moment.
4. Throughout the year I’ve been attempting to add some more structure to the borders, mainly with evergreens, and back in the spring I planted a standard Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price.’ Flower buds are forming and though the blooms won’t be fragrant I’m hoping they will provide some colour throughout the winter and into spring.
5. Talking of spring, do you remember the Honesty? No? Well, here’s a reminder. Most of the plants were pulled up after they had finished flowering but I left a few to develop their pretty silvery paper disk-like seed heads.
They haven’t looked all that pretty during the summer mind, and I almost pulled them up. I’m glad I didn’t though. The odd blue tit has been spotted breaking them apart, presumably to get at the seeds.
6. And finally… Colourful flowers are in rather short supply now that the dahlias and most of the annuals have been finished off by the frost, so thank goodness for Violas.
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.