Six on Saturday 05.09.20

After last week’s lovely sunny days, the weather has changed, with rain, strong winds and general greyness about. In the UK there is a saying that ‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’, and as September is March down here (well…kind of…). I will keep that saying in mind and hope for more lamb like days in a couple of weeks. 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 daffodils took quite a battering this week with all the wind and rain, but there is still a lovely display to see from the window.

At number two, other bulbs, with lots of crocuses still popping up and a few more muscari. Or rather, only the blue muscari have shown any signs of life. I had planted both blue and white, but so far only the blue ones have pushed their heads up above the soil. Fingers crossed that at least one white one appears.

At number three, the magnolia, because we might as well enjoy it while we can. You can see we still have a decent display of camellias as well. Oh yes…and the grey skies…

At number four, well, hellebores again, which look lovely even in the grey weather. A side note: I’ve spotted my first agapanthus, a white one, on my walk to work. Seems a bit early, but the season is getting closer.

Two nasturtium flowers have appeared. I have ordered some more seeds of different varieties, so I am hoping to feature more in the months to come.

To finish, moving indoors as it is not a day to be outside, and a picture of the orchid I bought a few weeks ago. The flowers are quite stunning, and brighten up the days when I work at home.

So that’s it for me 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. What a beautiful orchid. I was given a plain white one for Christmas about 7 years ago. It still flowers every year and gets stored and neglected in the spare room the rest of the year. Lovely spring Six-on-Saturday.

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  2. Spring flowers just a delight to see and the wonderful magnolia. I do like the orchid, we used to have one much the same. I’m awaiting delivery of my spring bulbs which could be two or three weeks away, so much planting to do but worth it.

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  3. Hope your weather clears up for you soon and you can enjoy lovely blue skies again. Spring bulbs are always a delight to see, I’m just thinking about ordering some more for our spring.

    Looking at your magnolia, camellias and hellebores is always a pleasure.

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  4. Like others above, I’m reminded to review my bulb orders after viewing your lovely post. I’m so thankful for all the peachy daffodils that have arrived in recent decades and are now here to stay!

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  5. One of my Magnolias, ‘Ann’, has a few unseasonal flowers on it but they’re buried amongst the leaves. My other Magnolia, ‘Vulcan’, is coming back strong from being cut nearly to the ground after it fell over. They’re both purple; looking at yours I’m not sure I wouldn’t rather have a white one. It really shines in the dull winter light.

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    1. One of our neighbours has a gorgeous purple magnolia with huge flowers, but I have to say I like the white too. The flowers somehow look more delicate, and as you say, it shines on dull days (like today).


  6. I do like that saying – ‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’. Many of the old sayings do have a ring of truth to them. Lovely garden flowers and here’s to perhaps less strong spring winds!

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