Six on Saturday (20 March 2021)

As the evenings get ever lighter I’ve started doing a spot of after-work gardening, chopping back this and tidying up that. The Hydrangeas have been pruned, last year’s deceased annuals have been pulled up and most of the old flower heads of the Hylo… Hylotelly… Hylotelephone… the Sedums have been removed. There’s still a fair bit to do though. The lawn needs sorting, there’s the big Buddleia to chop, a Lupin or two to relocate (once I’ve figured out where they can go) and I’ve yet to make a start on revamping the shady corner of the garden. One task I don’t need to worry about any time soon is the planting of a recent acquisition…

1. Last Saturday I remembered I hadn’t taken a nose at a recent David Austin rose catalogue. I spent a while flicking through its contents but nothing really tempted me and I soon found myself browsing other roses online. Before long an order had been placed for a fragrant repeat flowering purple patio rambler called Purple Skyliner. It arrived a mere 3 days later and I was all set to plant it until I glanced at the accompanying instructions. Apparently, as a recently dug up and potted plant, it needs time to ‘root out’ into the compost before it can be plonked safely in the ground. I will be patient and leave it a few months.

2. The rose wasn’t the only purchase last weekend. A trip to a garden centre resulted in a trolley filled with essentials like chicken manure pellets, a bag of grit, seaweed feed and some woolly slug pellets. It also resulted in a few accidental purchases, including a house plant (I give it 2 months before snuffage), a packet or two of seeds (having vowed I didn’t need any more) and this purpley blue Viola.

3. There are a number of varieties of daffodils in the garden and naturally I have no idea what most of them are any more. This pale and pointy petalled yellow one has been in the garden for a few years now. It’s rather nice.

4. Up next, Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign.’ I’ve been meaning to add one of these to the garden for a while now. It will be going in the shady bed, once I’ve dug up all of the Periwinkles. An attempt at keeping the rampant evergreens in check through regular chopping has resulted in fewer flowers and I’ve decided there’s not much point them staying. The Vinca’s voracious growing days are numbered (cue maniacal laughter).

5. This pretty Primula grows behind the bird bath. It’s looking rather nibbled, as are many of the spring flowers. It seems far too early in the year to be starting nightly slug and snail patrols but I fear action may have to be taken sooner rather than later.

6. And finally… One plant the slimy plant assassins of the night really seem to go for in my garden is the Chionodoxa. I’ve tried growing it on numerous occasions in the hope that I will end up with swathes of the blue beauties but they never do very well. The few that do come up are promptly polished off. I planted more in the autumn but I’ve only spotted two plants so far. Every single flower on one of them has been munched upon. Miraculously, this one has survived untouched so far.

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.

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45 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (20 March 2021)

  1. The new name for Sedum is a nuisance but I will continue with Sedum. More annoying, to me, is that I have seen chionodoxa referred to as “The Russian Snowdrop”, a name I cannot understand at all.

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  2. I think your substitution of pulmonaria for periwinkles is a good plan. The Chionodoxas are beauties, mine were ok last year in pots but no sign of them this year, they may have succumbed. All my primulas have been nibbled too, the slugs are hungry, better spread those wool pellets out.

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      1. I would have thought planting the rose now would be a good idea, get its roots into the ground like Monty did, it’s probably just a bare root shoved in compost anyway.

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      1. Oh, the color of that scilla! Amazing. I see the reply thing wants me to leave one reply. So, my comment on the post is about the scilla. My other comment is about planting out the rose. If the company has a guarantee it might void it if you plant it out without waiting per instructions. I’m not sure I would be able to wait either!

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  3. That Purple Skyliner will be stunning – lovely flowers. Let us know how the woolly pellets fare. I have a few old woolly jumpers that I was thinking could be chopped up to make little scraps of wool. Would this work or is it another of my daft ideas? Nice, colourful Six-on-Saturday.

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  4. I spotted a single chinodoxa in the lawn next to my snowdrops this week. No idea how it got there. It got me thinking if growing them in grass is a good idea and sure enough, that afternoon I spotted a huge patch in grass by the roadside, like a vivid blue stream. I wonder if it keeps the slugs away as they tend to congregate elsewhere and rarely venture into the lawn. Just a thought!

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  5. I’ve tried that woolly slug stuff. Didn’t get on with it – it didn’t keep the slugs off, and the smell!!!
    I’m very fond of pulmonaria, they’re such a joy at this time of year, suddenly appearing and doing their thing.
    We had a few chinodoxa last year but nothing this. I love them too.

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  6. Hellotelephones will still be Sedum to me too. I’ve been digging mine up and chopping them into smaller sections today as they’ve got very big and lean on other plants (which does them no good at all). The Chionodoxa is a stunning colour. Such a shame the slugs have got a taste for them, but hopefully the sheeps wool will keep them away. Vinca is one of those plants that seemed to me like a good idea (and is recommended as ground cover in many books) but in reality is a real pain, plonking itself all over the place. The pulmonaria is lovely and much better behaved.

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  7. I’d plant the rose bare-root and not worry about losing the compost, it’d be better without it, roots in direct contact with the soil, IMHO. I’ve done three evening slug patrols around Chionodoxa this week, dispatched terrifying numbers of the little blighters. The bulbs are already looking much better.

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  8. A colourful six on the vernal equinox! I love the Chionodoxa, such a gorgeous blue, though some of mine have turned pink! And I do have a few white ones, though not as many as I had last year. The blues keep on coming back though and avoiding the attentions of the slimy molluscs. My pulmonaria (Opal I think) isn’t looking too great at the moment. I always have to cut the leaves off as they get mildew, but they usually come back strong. So far the leaves are very small. But I shall be patient. For now.

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  9. The chionodoxa is definitely a thing of beauty. I liked hearing your list of purchases from the garden store – the things one came for and then all the other irresistable items that one finds some shaky justification for.

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  10. Interesting mystery daffodil. As you say – quite pointy!

    I’ve never quite understood the potted rose situation – if it’s just rooting in the pot, why can’t it root in the ground? Unless it’s to avoid too much frequent disturbance. Anyway, your patience is to be commended!

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  11. I hope the Chionodoxa are holding their own. Fortunately, slugs are not a big problem for me. “Bugs” I do not shy away from, but slugs. . ..

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