Six on Saturday (18 March 2023)

While the rain we’ve had lately has been much needed, it hasn’t really inspired me to get out and do anything gardeny. But during a brief respite from the damp on Friday I felt suitably motivated to sort through numerous packets of seeds, working out what to grow this summer and what to get shot of. I’ve still kept far too many and I suspect a second ‘weeding’ session may be required, but perhaps now I may finally get around to sowing some, weather permitting. Friday was also spent cutting the front lawn (the first mow of the year), pulling up Cosmos and Zinnia skeletons, and searching for six photos to share for Six on Saturday.

1. We start with a Primrose and, rather miraculously, a mostly unnibbled one. Some others aren’t faring quite so well.

2. Growing above the Primrose is the half standard Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai.’ A few flowers have begun to emerge. It was originally planted with the intention of screening off the view of the houses behind the garden but I hadn’t realised it was such a slow grower. Every so often I’m tempted to move it and plant something taller, but I’ve decided to view this as a lesson in patience. It’s staying put.

3. Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ has begun to open. Possibly one of my favourites, it has yet to do its swept back ‘whooshy’ petally thing. I’ve bought a few more recently, in a pot, that will get planted later in the year.

4. More daffs up next, tall ones. I usually steer clear of tall daffodils fearing they’ll get flattened in the wind, but these must have been in the free bag of mixed Narcissus from J. Parkers that I planted back in November. They’ve survived the blustery weather we had earlier in the week and are looking rather nice in the border behind the garden bench. It’ll be interesting to see what other varieties appear.

5. The Aubrieta that was plonked in the new mini raised ‘water feature’ bed has begun to flower. Fingers crossed it survives longer than another one that was planted a few years ago.

6. And finally… a photograph that took me ages to take. Returning for a third year, I really should have planted Hellebore ‘Single white blotched’ in a more accessible spot rather than at the back of a border, perilously close to the wildlife pond with trip hazards aplenty. When I eventually got to it there wasn’t enough space to get down to flower level so there was a lot of holding the camera at funny angles and hoping for the best shooting. This was the best of the bunch.

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.


21 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (18 March 2023)

  1. You’re right, the Kojo is a very slow grower and I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it measures 1.50 m. The flowers are very cute though at this time of year. I’ve also highlighted it this week
    I also have Jetfire! (but not in my Six)

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  2. That aubrieta is a lovely colour. The daffodils are so crisp and bright. It’s nice to see your flowering cherry. It is not cold/ wet enough for us to grow them here but we grow flowering peaches and plums well. 🌸🦋

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  3. I got my Kojo dug out as it grew too tall, it was on the rockery! I now have 2 new ones which have grown on the roots left behind, the roots had spread a long way and the new plants aren’t near where the parent was at all, beware if you move yours! The new plants will be kept to a much smaller size. I think we all get into such impossible positions just to photograph Hellebores!

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  4. I always think there’s an air of elegance about Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ perhaps to do with the way the outer petals sweep back. Love that Hellebore – it has a very distinctive look. As for your seeds, you’ve reminded me that I have a box of probably ancient seeds stashed away, and I think the only solution is to empty them into the bin. 😦

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  5. I planted Narcissus Jetfire last year, but it was pallid in comparison to yours which looks just like the picture on my packet. Nice that you had a translation of the Kojo from Fred – it has a pretty name. I had a lot of old seeds and I confess that I tossed them around the garden and will wait and see if anything appears.

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