I’m bored of the weather now. Actually, I think I was bored of it a while ago. It’s been another week of dodging showers whilst tackling this and that (although Wednesday was rather nice). The border in the front garden was neatly edged and, somewhat inevitably, ended up a little bigger. There was a spot of emergency tying in and staking during the gales of Thursday and Friday (note to self: put shoes on properly before venturing deep into a border; there won’t always be a box ball to break your fall). And some more seed sowing and potting on was achieved, which leads me relatively swiftly to my first Six on Saturday.
1. This year I left my Zinnia sowing until later so that they could be grown outdoors from the very beginning, doing away with the need to harden them off; anything for an easier life. After a potting on session last weekend, the swing seat is now fully occupied by these late flowering annuals as well as a few other slug and snail favourites. The nibbled remains of a chocolate cosmos and a few dahlias have since joined them; hopefully they will recover.
2. I don’t think I’ve featured the Weigela for many a year. Grown from a cutting by my mum way back when, it’s looking particularly good this spring, foliage and flowerwise.
3. Back in 2020 I acquired a few new Geums including Totally Tangerine and Scarlet Tempest. This year I’ve acquired two more: Lemon Delight (which may feature next week) and this Tequila Sunrise. I have a few other varieties on my wish list but I’m attempting to exercise some restraint for the time being as I need to make sure I have at least some space for annuals. That’s the plan anyway.
4. A pack of mixed Alliums was planted in the autumn. Naturally I’ve long since forgotten what varieties it contained. This is ‘the white one.’
5. Next up, the Korean Lilac of short stature. On a warm, sunny day the fragrance of these small flowers can fill the garden. Hopefully we may get one of those soon. It’s come into bloom around 3 weeks later than last spring.
6. And finally… Oh yes, the Dutch Irises have begun to bloom. I added a few new varieties in November. Fingers crossed they flower over the coming weeks.
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.