Six on Saturday (9 April 2022)

It’s been a blustery old week, but for the most part the garden has made it through unscathed (although I’m trying to ignore new wobblage of a section of the fence that survived February’s storms). Last weekend I braved the cold and planted that bargain bare rooted rose, acquiring a few new flesh wounds in the process that resulted in a) some cursing and b) a solemn vow never to buy another rose ever again. I also did a spot of potting on…

1. It’s been 21 days since the first batch of seeds were sown. With the exception of some rather old Penstemon seeds that I don’t hold out much hope for, there haven’t been any complete no-shows. The Cosmos have already been potted on and are now braving the mini greenhouse. Another lot of seeds will be sown in pots tomorrow, weather permitting, and I’m going to try a scatter-over-the-borders-and-hope-for-the-best approach with some hardy annuals in an attempt to spare myself some work later on.

2. While the slugs have yet to find the Cosmos, they’re making short work of this vivid Primula that was acquired from the free nursery up in North Wales (my mum’s garden) a few years ago. Oh to be able to enjoy them in all their unnibbled floral glory.

3. Up next, a houseplant. Back in February I introduced you to Pickles (Delosperma echinatum). Its main attraction is the foliage but it turns out that this little succulent also sports some rather pretty white flowers with a lemon-yellow centre. Talking of yellow…

4. A few of last spring’s Tulips have reappeared in the borders, including the elegant ‘World Friendship.’ Tall yet surprisingly resistant to flattenage, I think I’ll plant some more of these in the autumn.

5. Another Tulip that has made a repeat appearance is ‘Czar Peter.’ Now last year I was decidedly undecided about the Czar. One minute I liked it, the next I didn’t, and I came to the conclusion that I wouldn’t bother with this diminutive Tulip again. Those that were growing in pots were got shot of but I’d completely forgotten about the batch I’d planted in the curvy path border. And guess what?

Every single one of them has come back again. Have they grown on me? I’m still not sure.

6. I have no such doubts about Narcissus ‘Geranium’ though. I really must check out their fragrance later.

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


24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (9 April 2022)

  1. Not written about in your six, and sorry if I missed it on a previous post: what a beautiful display glass green house. Please tell us all more about it: it warrants to be a SOS next week?

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  2. Ah, yes, N. ‘Geranium’ has the most divine scent. I am happy that mine have appeared once again, though maybe not as many as last year. I rather like your diminutive Tulip – colours of a soft sunrise I would say. And the yellow base makes it fit perfectly in with the T. Sylvestris.

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  3. I’m usually happy with any tulip that agrees to make a reappearance , and I would be pleased to see Czar again for that reason. I have similar feelings about Tulip ‘The First’ which is similar colours and rather short. Narcissus Geranium on the other hand is very nice indeed.

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