Finally, a spell of calm, warm, dryish weather. It’s about time. With the tomatoes and sweet peas hardened off ready for life in the great outdoors, I need to get cracking and free up some pots for them, starting with the removal of the long since finished tulips. I was also planning on giving the Coronilla a prune now that it’s almost finished flowering. However, that task has had to be postponed for the time being and that leads me to my first Six on Saturday.
1. Last weekend I spotted a robin with a beakful of leaves heading to the aforementioned fragrantly floriferous shrub. Back in early 2019 I had a go at making a robin nest box, painting it in a rather fetching, if somewhat standoutish, coastal mist blue (it was the only paint I had left at the time). Nobody took up residence. I’d assumed it was going to go unoccupied this year too, but I was wrong. It’s quite exciting but I must admit to feeling a bit anxious too (the odd cat and magpie visit the garden sometimes). We shall have to see what happens.
2. Equally as exciting are these flowering Primula prolifera. Grown from seed kindly provided by Jim a few years ago, this is the first time they’ve flowered.
3. Continuing the yellow theme, the self seeding California Poppies out in the south facing front garden are out in all their blazing orange-tinged glory.
4. Now you may or may not remember my Escallonia hedge woes. Patches of the hedge that we share with a neighbour have become bare and brittle in recent years, the leaves falling prematurely with leaf spot. While the neighbour sprayed his half of the hedge with something, I’ve been regularly watering and feeding our half since March. There are signs of fresh new growth along the whole of the hedge but I fancy our half has more flowers, far more than it had last year, and they’re proving very popular with the bees. Fingers crossed it can be saved.
5. Up next, another Geum. ‘Lemon Delight’ was purchased from Dorset Perennials back in January. It’s rather dainty and a little shy compared to the bolder “hey look at me” varieties such as ‘Scarlet Tempest’ and ‘Mrs Bradshaw,’ but just as lovely. I purchased another Geum from them last week, despite claiming I was going to refrain from acquiring any more.
6. And finally… More of the Dutch Iris are coming into bloom, including this white one that almost glows at dusk.
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.