I’m a little distracted as I write this. I tackled the circular lawn the other evening, aerating it with the old garden fork, scarifying it with the spring rake and sprinkling grass seed on the numerous bare patches. Three days later, most of the grass seed had vanished, polished off by squabbling wood pigeons. Some more has been sown today and I’ve spent the past few hours leaping up to defend my small patch of patchy green. Sometimes a flick of the venetian blinds is sufficient to scare them away but with a few particularly ‘hard’ wood pigeons one is required to rush outdoors to see them off. They don’t go far though, perching on the roofs of nearby houses and returning mere minutes later once the coast is clear. While they seem quite blasé about the whole thing, I’m becoming increasingly frantic in the old arm waving and a tad reckless, tripping over my laptop cable moments ago in my haste to shoo them away. Is it worth it? Probably not. Will I succeed? I very much doubt it. Should I give up? Never. Anyway, time for Six on Saturday.
1. First up, Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai.’ It grows in a corner at the back of the garden and is slightly hidden during much of the winter by the swing seat cover. Last weekend the swing seat cover was removed, allowing the zig-zaggy branched blossoming beauty to be better appreciated from afar. Its flowers are proving popular with the bees, as are those of my next SoS…
2. The Coronilla has been flowering since December. During the winter you have to get up close to the flowers to fully appreciate their scent, but now that the sun is warming up, the fragrance of the pale yellow blooms can be enjoyed whilst sat enjoying a cup of coffee on the patio.
3. The blasted pigeons have returned. Excuse me a moment… Not even decoy bird seed seems to distract them from the grass seed for long. Where was I? Oh yes, Scilla. I must plant some more. I’d never noticed its blue pollen before.
4. Continuing the bluey-purple theme, it’s marvellous Muscari up next. The Grape Hyacinths have been flowering for a few weeks now. I’ve been splitting these every-so-often and planting clumps elsewhere to help spread the joy around the garden.
5. This little self sown… just you try it mate… Primula has come up in the gravel path. It’ll be moved to a more suitable spot once it has finished flowering.
6. And finally… While the ‘Tête-à-tête’ daffodils are going over, these fragrant narcissus are coming into their own. At least 10 of them are Jonquilla Martinette but there are a lot more than 10 and I suspect some might be the Falconet that were planted back in 2019. They look identical.
And 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. A wood pigeon has just landed on the bird bath. If it thinks I’m falling for that old ‘I’m just here for a drink’ routine again it’s in for a shock.