Six on Saturday (11 December 2021)

Another week, another storm. Thankfully all the fences are still standing and the swing seat cover didn’t take flight. Now let’s see, what else has happened since last I wrote? Oh yes, those spur of the moment tulip bulbs I ordered weeks ago finally arrived on Wednesday together with a rather hideous watering can bauble (kudos to the photographer who somehow made it look rather charming in the catalogue). The decidedly dubious decoration will get hidden at the back of the Christmas tree, out of sight, out of mind, and the bulbs will get planted in a pot tomorrow. Talking of bulbs and pots…

1. I found this lurking behind a large terracotta pot last weekend. Initially I was stumped but I have a feeling these may be some Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’ that were purchased in bud to add some early indoor spring colour at the beginning of the year. I thought I’d planted them in one of the borders after they’d finished flowering. Apparently not.

2. Zinnia ‘Jazzy Mixture’ has proved to be surprisingly hassle free and low maintenance as far as Zinnias go. Two solitary flowers remain. I’ll miss them when they finish.

3. The strong winds have left the translucent silvery seed-heads of the Lunaria annua looking a little ragged in places. A biennial, it can get a little bit too enthusiastic with its self-seeding but is easy enough to pull up or move elsewhere.

4. Next up, Fuchsia ‘Army Nurse.’ It featured a while back but when a plant is still looking this good it seems a shame not to share it again.

5. Nearby, over in the patio border, there are a few Garlic Chive skeletons. I should probably collect some of the seed and have a go at sowing it next spring. It makes a rather lovely late summer flowering allium. Tasty too.

6. And finally… yes, it’s another Viola.

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


28 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (11 December 2021)

  1. Where is the watering can bauble then? You could let the rest of us judge its artistic merits. 🤔😉 Lovely little splashes of colour from your remaining flowers. I was trying to find some early shoots from bulbs around the garden yesterday but without success. Those in your first picture look most encouraging.

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  2. Thankfully, the storm passed without doing any great damage to your garden, something which is always a big relief. I’ve had two trees down here but that’s not the end of the world.

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  3. I think you are going to have to retrieve that bauble and show it to us. So we can decide whether or not you are being too harsh. Can’t believe you have zinnias still flowering! Though to be honest I just composted mine when they could possibly have carried on for a while longer.

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    1. These Zinnia seem to be totally different to the usual varieties – bushy, small and slug and snail resistant (I’ve now jinxed next year’s batch). I can confirm that the bauble will feature as one of my Six on Saturday next week. I fear it’ll be the hedgehogs ornament all over again which I thought was horrible and almost everyone else thought was cute!

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  4. Are you keeping the watering can bauble for Christmas day? Come on it will be so exciting to open your Christmas cracker of a post. I had not thought to leave the seed heads on the Garlic Chives, they are quite handsome.

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