Six on Saturday (25 March 2023)

Back in early March I seem to remember wishing for rain. Not heavy almost-every-day rain accompanied by blustery winds. Just some nice gentle H20 at night and sun and blue skies during the day. Alas, there rarely seems to be a happy in between when it comes to the weather lately. Still, last weekend I finally managed to get some seeds sown (only the Sweet Peas so far) and attacked the rather large ‘dwarf’ Eucalyptus gunnii ‘France Bleu’ (it won’t be featuring in any photos until it looks a little more picturesque). There was also time to do a spot of bargain plant shopping, which leads us reasonably swiftly to my first Six on Saturday…

1. I thought my quest for the perfect orange Rose was over last year, but ‘Simply the Best’ turned out to be more yellow than orange. I spotted a bare rooted ‘Joro’ on Poundland’s website and decided to pop into the store in town on Saturday to see if I could save myself some postage. They had one left; surely a sign? As it was only £2 I won’t be too disgruntled if it doesn’t survive.

2. Walking past the Country Market shop a little later I spotted this little fellow: Narcissus ‘Tête Bouclé.’ Having made such a saving on a bargain orange Rose t’would have been madness not to purchase it. What was that? Is that ‘Jetfire’ behind it? Err, yes. Another purchase from the same shop a month earlier. They’ve just come into flower.

3. Behold, a tray of Violas purchased at Hestercombe Gardens on a surprisingly sunny, rain-free Sunday. Though the planting schemes at Hestercombe rarely change, the whereabouts of the shop and café tend to alter on a regular basis for some reason. This time they’d moved the plant stall, causing a brief moment of panic. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to plonk these in the ground this weekend, although it’s not looking very promising out there at the moment.

4. Right, that’s the new plant purchases out of the way. Next up we have Hyacinths. They’re doing rather well this year, although the stripy pink lot required some support after all the rain and the slightly spindly dark pink lot (supposedly ‘Woodstock’) could do with planting in the ground once they’ve finished flowering.

5. They look rather good reflected in this small garden mirror that’s creating the illusion of a view through the fence. I’m pondering painting the frame white to match a garden mirror that hangs on the other fence.

6. And finally… The Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ has gone ka-bloom!

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.


24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (25 March 2023)

  1. Bravo for the Kojo ! It’s very nice.
    I also like the atmosphere that is created thanks to the mirror.
    Concerning the violas, this colour mix is really very successful (and the close-up of course).
    What do you mean by “attacking” eucalyptus?

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  2. I pruned it rather severely (it was National Eucalyptus Day here on the 18 March – the best day to prune them apparently). I think I may need to pollard it though as the branches start just about the top of the fence and therefore don’t provide much privacy – but I lacked the courage to just saw through the trunk part way up!

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  3. Regarding the moving café & plant stall… that’s dangerous! Could lead to going round in circles buying same plant(s) a second time. 🤔
    Joro would be my kind of colour! Best wishes with it. Just the one, you say?

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  4. My Eucalyptus needs someone to attack it, I am plucking up the courage to pollard it at about 5ft! Like your mirror but I also like the colour it is now! I too have been doing some plant retail therapy, I think we all do at this time of year.

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    1. Yes, it seems a big step pollarding doesn’t it?! I’ve watched a video on Youtube where someone pollarded their Eucalyptus hedge and it grew back later that year, all nice and bushy. I may see what happens this year and have a go at the big chop next year.


  5. I’m resisting buying anything new this year. I have perennials to plant from last year and seeds to sow. I also have 5 rose cuttings that seem to be doing very well, goodness knows where I’ll find room for them! The double tete a tetes are delightful, but I found that they don’t return as well as the single type.

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  6. Great plant buys…surely a $2 rose is a sign! Those hyacinths are such pretty colours and reflected in the mirror too!

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  7. Your rose will probably come on a treat, and let’s face it – you can’t buy much of anything for £2 these days. 😀 Absolute bargain!
    I have Tête Bouclé in a pot this year, they’re pretty, though I think I’m still more drawn to the simplicity of little Tete a Tete. I’ll put it into a border when it goes over, and hope to see it again next year.
    Your Kojo-no-mai has come on a treat – the blossom is gorgeous! Blossom is one of Spring’s absolute joys! 🙂

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    1. It is indeed.

      I planted another double daff last year, ‘Rip Van Winkle,’ but it has been flattened by all the rain and only seemed to produce one flower. The slugs and snails are causing quite a bit of flower damage at the moment.

      The new rose is sporting quite a healthy looking leafy shoot. Fingers are crossed for it!

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