Six on Saturday (18 December 2021)

A brisk Six on Saturday today without preamble/pre-ramble. We’re jumping straight in with…

1. The faded flowers of the Hydrangea ‘Miss Belgium.’ She seems to have put on quite a growth spurt this year and is doing a good impression of an evergreen.

2. Growing nearby is the Cotoneaster hortizontalis originally acquired as a seedling from the free nursery up in North Wales (my mum’s garden). The berries were polished off long ago but the leaves are adding a nice splash of colour.

3. While the stems of the Cotoneaster will soon be bare other deciduous shrubs, like this Sambucus nigra ‘Golden Tower,’ are already sporting the buds of next year’s foliage.

4. It’ll be another month or so until the dwarf Sweet Box (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) does its wafty scenty flowery thing. Yet this is a plant that provides interest all year round with evergreen foliage and berries that turn from crimson to purpley-black as the year progresses.

5. Next up, a winter pot. Planted last winter, the variegated Ivy, Fern somethingorotherus and a red Cyclamen are still going strong, although the latter is getting a little swamped by its companions.

6. And finally… Last week I casually mentioned a hideous watering can bauble that I’d purchased online and had banished to the back of the Christmas tree. While there were a few comments about the featured plants, there were far more requests to see the dubious decoration. Well, here it is in all it’s overly large, splodgily painted, glittery golden glory. Annoyingly, it looks marginally better in this photo than it does in reality, the camera failing to capture it’s true awfulness (although this is its best side). Attempts to convince me that it’s actually rather nice will be greeted with a “PAH!”

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 atΒ Have a very Merry Christmas.

29 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (18 December 2021)

  1. Well the watering can was definitely worth waiting for, it is amazing in a really rubbish way. I do love a good bud, all that potential, all that hope. Your winter planter is looking good, I rather like the peek-a-boo cyclamen. Have a good one Graeme, see you on the other side x

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  2. I have a thing about Cotoneaster Horizontalis, that’s a nice one. I grew it in previous gardens and have a place for one: just waiting to find a seedling growing in a crack somewhere. Must get a big handbag like Gill’s to put it in. You have also now raised the challenge of finding a Christmas Tree bauble next year with a gardening theme. Yours made me smile. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

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  3. I know we don’t tend to name and shame on these blogs – but I’m hoping Sarah Raven is hanging her head in shame over that one (and don’t get me started on how long it took them to send out the bulb orders this year. On the plus side your planter is looking good with the cyclamen and ivy, and that Hydrangea must have given you months of pleasure and still looks great.

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  4. Every Christmas tree needs a bit of Kitsch! I do like the more tasteful elements like your Cotoneaster, love those perfectly arranged little leaves, your winter planter is great too, and Miss Belgium is looking very fine, I ought to get one but strangely haven’t seen her for sale here in Belgium.

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  5. Did you click on Eileen’s link? If you did, you will realise how tasteful and cheap your watering can bauble is.πŸ˜‰ What a lovely, colourful Six-on-Saturday again. You have so many pretty plants even at this time of year. Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  6. Haha… thanks for showing us the hideous watering can. Was that really from SR? Oh, well, kitsch xmas decorations are quite fun. Thinking about it I probably still have a decoration from my childhood in the shape of a basket of flowers which is far superior to that watering can. Shame I no longer put up a Christmas tree. Your Cotoneaster is very nice and very Christmassy too. Have a good one Graeme, soon be the shortest day and the days will slowly get longer and all those bulbs will begin to explode! πŸŽ„πŸŽ‡πŸŽ

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