Six on Saturday (26 November 2022)

I think it may have rained pretty much every day last week. And my, what rain. Horizontal at times. As a full-time nine to fiver, gardening opportunities are limited to weekends during the autumn and winter and if the weekend forecast is bad you’ve had it. Luckily, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning turned out to be pretty decent weather-wise, providing a few shower free hours to tackle my first Six on Saturday…

1. Bulbs. Alas, after taking this photo I got completely sidetracked and ended up spending both days moving shrubs instead (more on that next week), although I did manage to plant a few packets of ‘Ballerina’ Tulips. I’m going to do better today, weather permitting.

2. Growing nearby is the fragrant Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima). I usually chop a few of the older stems right down to the ground in April or May but didn’t bother this time. It has just started to flower and will hopefully go on flowering from now until the spring, providing nectar for the odd brave bee over the coming months.

3. Remember the Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ last Saturday, with its flaming red foliage? Well this is it what it looks like now…

4. Growing nearby is the lollipop Bay Tree that was planted back in 2019 I think. I’ve yet to pick any leaves for culinary purposes as someone on Twitter put me off the idea after suggesting it would have been sprayed with who-knows-what to provide a pristine, sale worthy specimen. Surely it should be okay to pick the odd leaf now though, 3 years later?

5. Up next, a Viola. A few trays of these bargain beauties were bought last Saturday from the plant man in town. Most of them will probably end up being plonked on the top of potted up tulip bulbs. Expect to see more in the coming weeks.

6. And finally… a non-pesky snail. It’s been a while since I’ve featured Bolt. He’s still hanging around the wildlife pond and occasionally getting toppled by the boisterous sparrows.

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.


22 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (26 November 2022)

  1. I just realised yesterday that a neighbour’s Kojo-no-mai’ is poking above the fence. I hadn’t noticed it until it coloured up. I can’t imagine what chemical would persist on your bay for three years, there is probably far more on the fruit and veg at the supermarket.

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      1. Shall you come and rescue the large bucket full of my bay leaves next time we trim the ‘bay lollipop’? One year I sent them to a friend who keeps a pig but didn’t hear back whether the pig liked them or if it was ready seasoned when they came to eat it. I shall have to ask.

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  2. Looks like you have a great bulb haul there, and the violas will be just perfect to pop on top of those pots. btw has anyone clicked on the ‘plant bananas in your garden’ link that appears on the bottom of your page? I’m intrigued!

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  3. I would risk the bay leaves definitely, you could wash them before they go into your stew/curry which then subjects them to many minutes, or even hours, of boiling temperatures. Finally, welcome back to Bolt! He’s looking good.

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