Six on Saturday (4 March 2023)

Brrrrrr. And it’s set to get even more brrrrr early next week. Meteorological spring may have sprung but the garden seems to have stalled somewhat as many plants that were on the cusp of flowering (good word ‘cusp’) have thought better of it for now. Anyway, time for Six on Saturday.

1. The delivery of gravel I was waiting for last Saturday arrived just as I’d started eating some warmed up leftover macaroni cheese at 12.25pm. As feared, there was nowhere near enough, despite adding a few extra paving stones to the path to try and eke it out a bit. Feeling like I had to finish the job that very afternoon, I nipped to the garden centre and ended up buying the same quantity of gravel again, this time loading it into the little Suzuki, ignoring how alarmingly weighed down the back of the car looked. The gravel is still a little thin in places but it will do for now. The removable brick edging along the path and around the lawn has been raised to prevent the borders spilling over and hopefully the larger pebble-like gravel won’t get trampled into the lawn as easily as the old chippings.

2. The following day I decided to smash up the basin of the crumbling cement and stone bird bath and use the rubble, together with some other bits of old hardcore gathered from the garden over the years, to hide the water reservoir/pot of the solar powered water feature. The dry stone wall (filled with gravelly soil dug from the path to create a small raised bed) is rather precarious and I fear the neighbour’s cat may send it tumbling. Time will tell.

3. This Saxifraga ‘Pink Heart’ has been planted next to the water feature, together with an Aubrieta and another alpine, Erodium i’vealreadymislaidthelabelus. I tend to treat Saxifraga as annuals as they never survive here, although perhaps the improved drainage will suit it better.

4. Now this was a pleasant surprise. A returnee from a pack of mixed Wilko Iris reticulata that someone identified as ‘Clairette’ last year. Growing near a rock I put bird seed out on, miraculously it hasn’t been flattened by the wood pigeons.

5. The Irises seem to be lasting a lot longer in the cold weather, which is an upside I guess. However, they aren’t the main focus of this photo. Well, they’re not meant to be. The tulips have emerged! I suspect they might be ‘Violet Beauty.’

6. And finally… I’ve been pondering getting a yellow Hellebore for a while now and found myself ordering this one earlier in the week. It arrived within a few days. One of those less bashful Hellebores that hold their flowers up, it has a very Catchphrasey ‘say what you see’ kind of name: Helleborus x hybridus (Ashwood Evolution Group) ‘Yellow with golden nectaries and red flush’.

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.


30 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (4 March 2023)

  1. Very pretty hellebore flower and it is well highlighted. You did a good job with the gravels. It’s also very nice and I like the structure you presented to us in #2 with the stones from the bird bath: is it solar powered?

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  2. You went to the number one place for hellebore, and got a top one too. So you had a good work out with all the path work. It looks jolly smart and mucky weather won’t prevent you promenading down the garden. I wonder whether you have the ‘body building’ worms that move the large gravel onto the soil, similar to mine? Easy to pick up and move back unlike the smaller stuff.

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  3. Wow! Your gravel has really made a difference! You must be really pleased. Love that yellow hellebore too. I have moved my writing onto Substack here
    It won’ be ll gdening, but if you’d like to still subscribe (free), I’d be really happy. I post twice a week – in the week it’s often about my 47 years of nursing, and on weekends will be where the garden, walking, musings, books, knitting etc etc will crop up. I shall still try to post the garden ones specifically on Jim’s timeline.

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  4. Nice to see Iris Clairette, which I have/had too. It didn’t appear this year so I think I’ll have to purchase more bulbs in autumn, as my eldest daughter is named Claire. I wonder if many people do that – buy a plant because of the name? Love your brand new Hellebore – I wonder if we’ll see more upward-looking varieties coming into the garden centres.

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    1. I suspect people do buy plants because of a name – it’s a nice sentiment. I was surprised how large and upright these Hellebore flowers were. Certainly makes photographing them easier! By the way, It’s been great seeing your garden again on Twitter. I’m looking forward to seeing your displays of tulips.


    2. How lovely to hear from you again. I see from Graeme’s comment that you are posting on Twitter. I do hope you’ll get back to blogging as I don’t do Twitter and I miss your lovely garden.

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      1. Hi Jude – it’s lovely to be back in touch with you too. There’s a nice little community on Twitter, and I quite enjoy posting there. I have part-written a blog post though, we’ll see how that goes, I’m just easing myself back in at the moment. Oh, how the time has flown. 🙂

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  5. Your path looks great, well done. Nice reuse of materials around the garden, I can see that saxifrage looking very pretty there tumbling over the feature. I do wish I could grow more alpines myself, but they’re not so keen on my woodland ambiance here!

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    1. I think I re-used pretty much everything that was here when we moved (certainly the bricks, paving and box plants). Thinking of ways to use the broken bits of concrete and cement from the once fixed brick edging became a necessity after taking some to the tip several years ago and being shocked at how much they charged for taking it!

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  6. I bought an expensive hellebore a couple of years ago but it only lasted one year, I wish you success with yours. I can’t hold on to saxifrage either and they are such pretty plants. Mine just rot over winter. Still if you think of them as annuals they are worth buying. And your path looks lovely! Sorry to hear that you have Covid. Hope not too badly.

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    1. Not as bad as the first time thanks. Two nights of delirious ‘sorting but not achieving anything’ dreams has been the worst bit so far. Some hellebores are frighteningly expensive. I left it a couple of years before getting this one just in case the others didn’t make it!

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