Six on Saturday (27 March 2021)

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 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.


38 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (27 March 2021)

  1. We grew Coronilla glauca subsp Valentina in a half barrel at the back door for years and adored it, a beautiful light colour, a delicious fragrance. The barrel eventually collapsed and we left the plant go with it. Now that I recall it, the barrel was very unusual – an oval French brandy barrel! My father spotted it somewhere and brought it to me.

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  2. I had the same experience with the many pairs of wood pigeon that come to the garden. Now I have removed the bird feeder. The small birds are still visiting and eating greenfly, caterpillars, flies, spiders etc. The bird bath remains but I have a bright yellow fly swat that I wave to chase the pigeons from this. The Census shows fewer pigeons are visiting.

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  3. Well done on the multitasking, writing SOS and shooing pigeons away. You need a cat to stand guard for you. Am jealous of anyone who has that cherry, you and the Prop both. But that Coronilla is beautiful too, not a plant I’m familiar with (heading to Google now…).

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  4. Years ago, when we lived in a house with a lawn, I read that if you put your grass seed into a bag with damp compost and wait until it starts germinating before spreading it on the bare patches – apparently birds don’t usually like eating seeds that have shoots (as evidenced by my bird feeders). And I’m sure I’ve see a TV gardener grow lawn seed in trays then dig out a bare patch and slide the mini-lawn into the hole.

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  5. The coronilla looks incredibly fragrant. Unfamiliar with the scilla, which is quite striking with its contasts between violet and true blues. Sympathetic with your campaign against the pigeons. My adversary here are the feral cats that insist on digging up my beds and lurking in wait of incautious wild birds. As you say, likely a hopeless affair but no ground shall be willingly yielded!

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  6. Shouldn’t laugh, I know, but I have visions of you leaping up from your keyboard to go and do a maniacal dance outside, probably to the huge entertainment of your neighbours! Good luck with the lawn! Mine is going to be removed completely this year. I have plenty of green pastureland around me, though barefoot walking might have to be curtailed. Your Coronilla is so pretty, I should grow that here, though I have an inkling it likes to be sheltered and shelter is not what I do best.

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  7. I’m loving imagining you flapping your arms around to scare off the pigeons. I’ve got a bit of grass seed down too but I can’t see it from the house. I suspect the pigeons are looting the lot. Thanks for sharing your coronilla picture. My hard sank when I saw it as I remember my own one which I killed when repotting it. I pulled too hard to get it out of the pot and I snapped the stem. I took some cuttings but they’re sulking. I may have to invest in a new one. Have a good week. K

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