Last Sunday afternoon I finally finished planting my spring bulbs. It was a relief to tick it off the ‘to-do’ list. That just leaves the pond to tidy up, a Korean Lilac to move (it’s too close to the new garden arch) and the borders to mulch… unless I leave the border mulching until the spring. Decisions, decisions. One job I don’t need to worry about this weekend is rose planting, which leads us straight to my first Six on Saturday…
1. A bag containing not one, not two but three bare root roses arrived in the middle of the week. I went for another Little Rambler climbing rose for the other side of the garden arch (I pondered getting a different variety but decided to opt for symmetry), a Chandos Beauty for my wife and a purple Minerva. I was a bit panicky when they were delivered and planted them during my lunch break assuming they needed to be plonked in the ground there and then. But after reading the planting instructions it turns out they could have stayed in the bag as was for up to two weeks.
2. The faded flowers of the ‘Miss Belgium’ Hydrangea are still providing some interest. They’ve turned an unusual greeny-pinky colour.
3. Ilex crenata ‘Twiggy’ was dug from the ground in early spring to make space for a standard lavender. It seems to be happy in a pot over by the blue shed, though I think it will be a while until it needs any pruning.
4. I put up a few nest boxes towards the end of February. Nobody moved in. However, I spotted a pair of blue tits inspecting this one earlier in the week so it looks like they have already started sussing out potential nesting spots for next year. It’ll be interesting to see if we have any occupants in the spring.
5. Talking of birds, I noticed this robin watching me plant the remaining spring bulbs on Sunday, all the while singing very softly. This was one of the few non-blurry snaps I managed to take; an interesting pose as he/she eyes the feeder.
6. And finally… The buds of the Coronilla in the back garden have started to open. It’s a paler variety than the one that grows out in the front and more of a climber too. It’ll go on flowering now until April. Hopefully, when the sun shines and my sense of smell returns I’ll be able to appreciate the fragrant blooms.
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.