The past week has been decidedly chilly. It’s been rather nice, like what winter days were like when I were’t a lad. Friday was by far the frostiest day and, as luck would have it, I happened to be working from home that day. Come tea break time I nipped out into the garden, phone in hand, and snapped a few frosted foliage photos for Six on Saturday, including this one…
1. Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance.’ The pink variety. Well, the one that has flowers that are pinky-white as opposed to whitey-pink (you can compare the two here).
2. Taken earlier in the week, this Allium seed head looks as though it’s floating across the border. That’s the other Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragance’ behind it… the whitey-pink flowered variety (its still sporting the odd bloom here and there).
3. Over the past couple of summers I’ve bought and planted an Agastache ‘Blackadder.’ Every winter they’ve snuffed it. Back in the autumn I dug this one up and put it in the mini greenhouse. I’m hoping these seedlings are little mini Agastache ‘Blackadders,’ although there’s something oddly familiar about them which makes me wonder whether they might be something totally different. We shall see… if they survive. I’ll have to give this seedhead a shake later to see if there are any seeds lurking.
4. Having spent years secretly wondering what all the fuss over Hellebores was about, I found myself converted back at the beginning of 2021 and ended up ordering four varieties. The gardening devil on my right shoulder encouraged me to buy more, including a rather lovely but pricey yellow variety. The gardening angel on my left shoulder advised caution, suggesting I wait to see how these faired the following year. For once I listened to the little gardening angel. Only one plant is showing any signs of flower buds so far (possibly Helleborus liguricus), although it’s early days yet.
5. Next up, another frosty foliage pic. This time a close up of a Box ball.
6. And finally… yes, it’s Clematis ‘Freckles’ again. I read somewhere that the flowers are fragrant so decided to sniff one of the speckled beauties. I can report they are, although it’s a faint fragrance. The bees seem to love them.
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. I may not get a chance to reply to comments or leave comments on other SoSs over the next couple of weeks as I’m frantically studying for exams. In my youth I was something of a last minute revision crammer but I’m not chancing that in my more forgetful middle ageyness. However, normal service will be resumed come the 12 February.