Six-on-Saturday 21-05-2022

We have our eldest grandson staying with us this weekend, so that’s my excuse…..again! On to this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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This allium looks even better in morning sunlight.

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The first of the white foxgloves will flower soon. In front are masses of buds on the Rhapsody in Blue rose.

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The white perennial geranium is just appearing now alongside the pink.

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I have removed masses of forget-me-nots and perennial geraniums because they were smothering the geums, amongst other things.

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The yellow irises have suddenly appeared. I don’t think they will last very long.

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The “quality” clematis has suddenly started to flower and lovely it is too.

That’s it again. Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ πŸŒ€πŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸ¦‹

Six-on-Saturday 14-05-2022

It’s a good forecast for today so I should get out into the garden, that is after I return from a morning coffee with a friend. (What……again? you say)

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Chives and their fancy relatives ornamental alliums. These are appearing in several places around the garden.

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The Aquilegia are suddenly in flower. They do seed themselves all over the place, which is nice, but they are difficult to remove if in the wrong position, they have rather long roots whereas the perennial geranium and forget-me-nots are easier to control.

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I know, you saw them last week, but they are beautiful and don’t last long.

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These poppies only last a day but are a nice, bright colour. When we moved in over 20 years ago, there were masses of them. I pull out all I can each year but they spread via long roots so keep appearing.

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That misplaced hollyhock is romping away! I will move the bay tree over a bit.

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The tamarisk is on the turn. I reckon by next week it will have a distinctly dirty pink look to it.

That’s it again for another week. Have a good weekend in your garden and enjoy the sunny weather. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ€πŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸŒΊπŸ…πŸŒΉπŸ¦‹

Six-on-Saturday 07-05-2022

Just back from shopping in town. Earlier I had my 4th Covid jab so I am preparing to feel sorry for myself, although I have been lucky and not suffered before. What’s all this to do with gardening?…..Sorry, I will focus on the job in hand. πŸ€”πŸ™„

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Nearly an allium flower. There are several around the garden so I’m getting quite excited.

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The Cerinthe Major has been splendid this year. Some of it is losing its colour but it will be fine for a few weeks.

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There are dozens of flower buds on this shrub which my son and daughter-in-law gave me a couple of years ago. I think it is Lithospermum. It didn’t do anything exciting last year but is looking good now.

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The two shrubs behind the Cerinthe are coming into bloom. The colour is much deeper in “real life”.

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The tamarisk is different each week and worth a slot.

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They may not last that long but they are beautiful blooms. Each year I am pleasantly surprised at the fragrance of these.

That’s it for another week. Plenty of promise in the garden although not many new plants. Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸŒΊπŸ…πŸŒΉπŸ¦‹

Six-on-Saturday 30-04-2022

We had a lovely few days away in Cornwall this week, wall to wall sunshine. β˜€οΈ Checking last week’s Six-on-Saturday, I notice that Mr WordPress 🀬, who had removed my No:5, has replaced it with a photo of a tamarisk branch from last year! I DO know the difference between a tamarisk and a clematis. This is another quick post, I have a friend coming over for coffee soon.

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This is how good the clematis looks and will continue for a few weeks.

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I showed this clematis before, but I noticed that, before the petals wilt and fall off, the central seed heads look like this.

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The Solomon’s Seal is growing dramatically!

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This is not the idea. πŸ€” The hollyhock has seeded itself into the shallowest soil by the conservatory and is growing perfectly. I thought it would die due to lack of room for its roots.

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This tulip appears every year and is very pretty. Behind it you can see the shoots of the perennial sweet pea showing through.

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Finally, I read recently that not mowing the lawn throughout May will encourage wildlife. I mowed it about a week ago and already you can see daisies, dandelions and cowslips, but will leave it for the next month. I hope the neighbours won’t complain, I would suggest they do the same but they all have gravel, tarmac or slabs in their front gardens.

That’s it for this week. The sun is shining and the forecast looks fine. Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸŒΊπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹

Six-on-Saturday 23-04-2022

I’m hoping to clean the car today, πŸ˜‡πŸ˜± so the usual, quick Six-on-Saturday. 🀨 However, I said I would give a report on Mr Propagator’s garden after last week’s visit. TULIPS, TULIPS, TULIPS!! They are mostly in pots and giving a stunning show. Meanwhile, the dark pink crabapple tree is in full bloom. I didn’t leave with the boot full of seedlings and cuttings this time due to Mr P’s excessive running.

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Look carefully and you should see perpetual spinach and kale seedlings in the first picture and radishes in the second, plus a rather attractive foot. πŸ™„

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Pink, blue and white bluebells. Not very good quality of colour due to my photography skills, or lack of them.

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The crabapple in full bloom.

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Most of my tulips have finished but this deserves a place.

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The Clematis Montana against the side wall is blooming.

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I wanted to show the tamarisk tree a bit closer but you get a much better idea of the colour from a distance.

That’s it for this week. Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ πŸ¦‹πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ¦πŸ›

Six-on-Saturday 16-04-2022

We are off to visit Mr Propagator and family today. I’m looking forward to a guided tour around the grounds and will report back next week. So, here is the usual, quick Six-on-Saturday.

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Two pretty clematis plants, both the Alpina variety.

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That perennial geranium is appearing all over the garden and will be flowering until November.

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I mentioned several years ago that this had been planted behind the greenhouse but I moved it because I was relocating the dustbin there. The original one still appears from under the dustbin and this relocated one is thriving too.

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Here come the peonies!

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Don’t anyone tell me that forget-me-nots are a nuisance and don’t deserve a place in the garden.

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I KNEW I had planted some pink tulips. Here they are amongst some rather nibbled but still colourful pansies. No comment needed about a certain interloper.

That’s it for this week. Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ¦‹πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ¦πŸ›πŸŒ€

Six-on-Saturday 09-04-2022

Still a few frosts but no more obvious damage. I’m very gradually weeding around the garden but it’s a slow process. More shoots and buds are appearing each week, so here we go again.

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I thought this magnolia was on its way out but about 20 buds and blooms have appeared. I keep trying to get rid of the Aquilegia that has taken root amongst the magnolia roots but it won’t go away. πŸ˜¬πŸ™„

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Having cleared the ground around the dicentra, it is managing to “breathe” now.

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The “red” corner with the berberis showing its new leaves and the tamarisk coming on nicely. However, underneath, the wild garlic is going…..wild.

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The crabapple blossom and the daisies look nice, plus, you may see the Cowslips in the lawn. Maybe I won’t mow it this weekend. (Notice the soil cracking already.)

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These narcissi are doing well. There are a few clumps around the garden.

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Here comes the lilac! Looking good.

Another week flies by. Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ¦‹πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ¦πŸ›πŸŒ€πŸ™‚

Six-on-Saturday 02-04-2022

Last week was full of sunny pictures, this week they are mostly frosty. There are some wilting stems which should perk up once the sun has dispatched the frost. We went into town for some shopping and I noticed that most of the Magnolia trees were looking brown and rather sorry for themselves.

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The clematis Montana is sheltered against the house so has escaped the frost. It should look good in a couple of weeks.

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The pansies from 2 years ago continue to flower quite happily.

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The pittosporum has masses of buds on all the stems, even those that I pruned quite drastically in the centre. I will reshape it later in the year now that I can see it hasn’t wrecked its flowering chances.

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Now on to the frosted pictures. I thought this was a selection of some pink and some white tulips…..oh well, orange and yellow are quite pretty too. πŸ€”πŸ™„

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Frosty fritillaria and perennial geranium.

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Heavier frost than I was expecting.

Rather unhappy persicaria. πŸ˜’ This has happened a few times before and it has recovered, treating the experience as an early pruning.

That’s it again. Have a good weekend in your garden.

πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ¦‹πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ¦πŸ›πŸŒ€

Six-on-Saturday 26-03-2022

The definition of spring that I like and heard recently is…..Spring is here when the ploughman can cover 9 daisies with one boot. πŸŒΌπŸŒΌπŸŒΌπŸŒΌπŸŒΌπŸŒΌπŸŒΌπŸŒΌπŸŒΌπŸ€”

On to this week’s Six-on-Saturday. The week’s excuse(s) are (a) we have our grandson to stay and (b) we are off to visit our son tomorrow so I will have to get our grandson’s washing sorted before we go. Yes, he can do it himself and doesn’t expect it but grannys like to help.

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Rather scruffy but pretty primula.

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Very sunny clematis which has masses of purple blooms.

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Forget the all compost containers, what do you notice here? Yes, the tamarisk tree has thousands of tiny red buds which will progress through various lighter shades of pink until all the “feathers” put on a brilliant show.

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The slugs and snails have left me one delphinium this year. 🀬🐌🐌🐌

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See the difference between the Β£1.39 and the Β£1.69 clematis? As I said last year, quality shows.

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What could possibly be nicer than spring sunshine on a forsythia?

That’s it. Our grandson has just woken up and is off for a run. Grannysgardenhimindoors started on a walk about half an hour ago, so our grandson is hoping to catch up with him soon.πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒ

Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ¦‹πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ¦πŸ›πŸŒ€

Six-on-Saturday 19-03-2022

What a lovely, sunny day it is here. We are looking forward to very warm weather in the middle of next week so no excuses not to get out into the garden.

Here is my usual, quick Six-on-Saturday.

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Since reading last week’s posts where I thought the red hyacinths were most unusual, I have seen several in various gardens locally. However, I have the traditional, blue hyacinth which surprises me every year.

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I think this will be the first of many …… well, many for me, that is ….. tulips 🌷.

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I planted some daffodils and tulips in this trough last year then put the winter pansies in to bring some colour until the bulbs came up. Well, the daffodils are the unusual, spiky ones which were shown by OMAHGT, I think, last week.

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There was a small group of stalls in a local car park this morning. Large bundles of fresh, not forced rhubarb were on sale. I bought one for Grannysgardenhimindoors, then he went down the road to buy 3 more bundles ………. he likes rhubarb. I told him that mine would be ready in a few weeks. He said that he hoped it would taste as good as those we bought today!! 😬🀬

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The white dicentra is peeping through the Aquilegia and perennial geraniums. I’m going to remove the dead stalks soon and weed out some of the plants crowding it.

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I exchanged the dried up plant from last week for this Ficus benjamina. I think it should do better.

Finally, just to reassure Fred that the blue thing last week wasn’t anything weird.

It’s a cane topper showing me where the geum is …….. underneath much dead foliage which I have removed now.

Enjoy this nice weather while you can and have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ πŸ¦‹πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ¦πŸ›πŸŒ€