Six on Saturday 29.08.20

It is hard to believe it is the end of August already. I know we are all in agreement that this year has been so strange, so unexpected, but at least the seasons move on and our gardens continue to delight. It is really feeling like spring here despite a couple of cooler days. Anyway, thanks once again to  The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens. Check out the participant guide if you want to join in.

First up, the magnolia. I don’t think that any words are really necessary…it is really quite stunning.

At number two, the daffodils, which are still looking gorgeous, and again, I don’t think words are necessary.

At number three, we have a surprisingly thriving dill and brown leaves on the pineapple sage. These fall off easily, and there is new green growth, but it is looking a little sad. We have had a few cold nights, so that has probably not helped. Suggestions welcome as to what is wrong, if anything. There are a few herbs that will need repotting in the coming weeks, and I think I have been so focussed on flowers these past weeks that my herbs are being just a bit neglected.

At number four, let’s go back to spring flowers and this week’s crocuses. I know there is quite a bit of repeat at the moment, but it is just that time of year. I mentioned last week that I am so pleased with the bag of bulbs I tried out, that next year I might go for more.

My poor old shaggy lavender is flowering, and looking surprisingly good. I did give it a good cut back at the end of last season, which seems to have helped.

Finally, more hellebores. Again, no words are necessary! I think this year’s display is even better than last year.

So that’s it for me this week. Apologies for a pretty much wordless post, but I think the pictures tell you more this week. As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world. Hope you are all well and enjoying your gardens in whatever the season is with you.

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  1. I love seeing that your spring in August looks so much like mine in March! The magnolia is eye-catching, and I am encouraged by your cutting back the lavender. I’ll try that now to encourage some tired plants.

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  2. You could always grow some more lavender from cuttings, it’s a perfect time now. I’ve only just planted 2 different types of those plants but they are still babies at the moment.


  3. I LOVE your post – all the beautiful spring flowers! We are thinking along the same lines and I think your white magnolia is far ahead in terms of opening than mine are at the moment. Thanks so much for sharing the link to your post!

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