Six on Saturday (19 November 2022)

After many years of procrastination, the rickety half trellis fence is no more. All of the fencers who provided quotes seemed jolly good and were similar price-wise, but only one was able to do the work before the spring. The idea of bulbs getting flattened on the cusp of flowerhood wasn’t very appealing and so the chap who was able to replace the fence before Christmas (well before Christmas as it turned out) was hired. He did a great job too…

1. An overly rampant Jasmine used to help provide some privacy on the trellis section of the old fence in the summer but during the winter you were left feeling very exposed. In theory, the Jasmine (which appears to have started life on the neighbours’ side between the fence and their raised bed) is no more, although I suspect there’s still quite a bit lurking beneath the soil, just biding its time. The new fence is wonderfully anti-social and somehow you feel more at ease when out pottering. It is rather fence-like though, and that leads us to SoS number 2.

2. A Cotoneaster horizontalis. The Pyracantha that was originally growing in this spot was chopped back and dug up the other weekend in preparation for the new metal posts (I’m sure a blackbird eyed me disdainfully as the berry laden Pyracantha branches were loaded into the car). Last Sunday, at dusk, I decided to fill the spot vacated by the fearsome Firethorn with a Cotoneaster that had been growing, largely forgotten, in a dark and shady spot on the other side of the garden. Acquired from the former ancestral home/free plant nursery in North Wales a number of years ago, I hadn’t realised how big it had gotten. Last minute winter evening shrub moving doesn’t really lend itself to careful diggage to ensure mininimal root damage, but hopefully it will survive and provide the birds with berries for many years to come.

3. Another plant that had to get chopped back and dug up was a Coronilla that had been grown as a climber. I’ve plonked it back in the ground in the hope that it survives. If not, a replacement will be acquired; a second winter/spring without the fragrant pale-yellow flowers of a Coronilla in the back garden is unthinkable. In the meantime, the Prunus Kojo-no-mai (which is looking even more fiery than it did a few weeks ago) will have a bit more space to spread its branches. I suspect they’ll be bare of leaf in a week or so.

4. Now I’ll come back to the flowering red rose that’s growing near Kojo in a moment. First though, come and take a look at this climbing patio rose growing up the metal arch. ‘Little Rambler’ has never looked so good or smelled so sweet as it does now. Planted back in 2020 it’s finally starting to make some progress of the vertical kind.

5. Back to the red rose, ‘Nerf Herder’ is still going strong. What was that? Err… no, that’s not its real name. I’d have to search past posts to remind myself of what it’s really called.

6. And finally… it’s a Calendula that also featured a while back. How much longer flowerage will continue now that temperatures have begun to fall who knows. It got down to 0.6 last night.

They were my Six on Saturday, a meme originally started by The Propagator. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, head over to the blog of the current Six on Saturday host, Jim.  Right, I’m going to make a start on bulb planting. I just wish I was feeling a little more enthusiastic about the task.

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24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (19 November 2022)

  1. Brr… It was bitterly cold for you last night! We had 6° last night at the lowest. Very nice shot of the dew droplets on the calendula and I also like the idea of adding the cotoneaster so the birds can enjoy the berries.

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  2. The old saying, Good fences make good neighbours, is very true and you certainly got a good job done, good quality fencing and well erected. We did some replacing of similar fencing this year and it is so worthwhile. Nice to have sprinkle of flowers still in the garden. First frost here last night, 0c here.

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      1. Iris and Barleywood are the colours from hell that we used in the late 90s and nothing we’ve used later will cover up those colours except maybe black bitumen. A nice Silver birch colour would look good as a background to plants.

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  3. That’s a nice fence. I’d be tempted to paint it black, but since you are already planting next to it I assume you are going to leave it au natural. The Calendula is so delicate looking with those wonderful raindrops. I have seen Calendula flower all through the winter, but then I rarely get any frosts. This year I have pulled most of mine out already.

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    1. Yes, that was a surprise. It’s weird, I was oddly bereft initially when it ended and felt quite down for a while. But I came to terms with it and decided everyone got to live happily ever after. When I heard the news it was coming back my first thought was – well that’s Jane and Mike finished then. And the chances of Melanie and Toadie having a long and happy marriage are very slim indeed (he doesn’t have a great track record with wives). There seems some doubt as to who is returning – only the actors playing Karl, Susan and Toadie knew about it apparently when the news was released. We’re going to one of the Farewell Tour events in March – they’ll have to rename it.

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  4. The fence is a great success and I can see how the added privacy creates a good sense of place. Cotoneaster horizontalis is a firm favourite in my garden and hopefully will transplant well. Cuttings root well so you could maybe do some as an insurance policy?

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      1. All the garden birds like a bit of cover don’t they? You’ll probably think of a suitable replacement perching and roosting opportunity for your sparrows. I really think I am going to have to try a coronilla here.

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  5. I have enjoyed your calendula photos so much and was determined to get some seeds but have only been able to find very plain orange ones. I’m not so interested in those! Your new fence is very good and I would much prefer something like that to the metal fences we have here which are good for conservation but terrible for heat on very hot days. Not that we’ve have any of those….we had 1 degree one morning last week!

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  6. Your Calendula looks so pretty with its raindrops! Your birds will soon get used to the cotoneaster instead of the pyracantha, far more gardener friendly! I have a pyracantha that I must remove, maybe a seedling or cutting of my cotoneaster could take its place and still have enough berries to keep the birds happy.

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