Well it’s about time. Just as astronomical spring is about to begin, the weather has finally started to become, well, springlike. Wandering around Bath Botanical Gardens last Monday, the birds singing and the blossoms of this Magnolia radiant against a sky of blue, it felt rather cheering. The clement weather has continued, for the most part, and later today… or perhaps tomorrow… seed sowing will finally commence. But enough pre-ramble, it’s time for Six on Saturday.
1. First up, some fragrant stripy pink Hyacinths that almost collapsed during all that rain we had the other week and required some emergency proppage.
2. Slugs and snails are no longer pests. Slugs and snails are no longer pests. Slugs and snails are no longer… Nope, it’s no good RHS, I’m not ready to accept this just yet.
3. Still, they haven’t munched on these Narcissi. I appear to have planted more ‘Martinette’ than I thought as they’re bursting into flower everywhere. A casualty was plonked in a recycled mini glass bottle and is filling the living room with its heady scent.
4. Last weekend I finally started chopping back this and that, including the roses. Blood was spilled. However, ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ was given a serious chopping back a few months ago and is sporting some rather pretty red-tinged foliage.
5. The foliage of Muscari is slightly less appealing (it’s a tad messy at times) but all is forgiven when they bloom. I’ve planted a few other varieties of Grape Hyacinth but I think the regular bluey-purple lot are my favourite.
6. And finally… You caught a glimpse of it last week but here it is up close. The Coronilla has been flowering since December but in March it reaches its floral crescendo. Bumble bees have been enjoying the fragrant pea-like flowers as has this gardener. I shoved a cutting of this in a pot last autumn and to my surprise it appears to have taken. It will be nurtured and hopefully, fingers crossed, will replace this one some day (they’re not very long lived apparently).
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.