Six on Saturday 14.08.21

As we reach the middle of August, there are clear signs of spring out there. There has been some very mixed and typical for the time of year weather – wild wet weather and warm sunny days – which has seen some things grow and others flattened (the latter is the little crocus you can see in the featured image at the top of the post which is no longer). Such is life! Anyway, thanks to The Propagator who encourages us to share what is going on in our gardens in all parts of the world. Check out the participant guide if you want to join in. Photos taken on Wednesday and today.

I’m going to start with the hellebores which are looking absolutely gorgeous at the moment. There are purple ones and white ones and all are looking so beautiful. No more words necessary.

I didn’t feature any camellias last week, so making up for that with these two beauties. The pink bush in front of the house is still full of flowers, and the white one, while in its last week or two, is still producing lovely blooms.

At number three, my two lavender plants are both looking good, even the old, scrappy looking one. There is something about the shapes, colour and smell that is quite magical to me.

Moving on to the mahonia, with some of the berries turning pink, some remaining green and others being eaten already. I love watching the colours slowly turning.

The lemon balm has re-blossomed into life, there is new growth on both the variegated sage and regular sage, the wild strawberry is looking good…but why there is a little crocus peeping up in the middle I don’t know. I must have stuck a lone bulb into the pot but why? Anyway….there you go.

Finally, daffodils! So lovely to see, so bright and cheerful. As to the other bulbs…the tulips are coming on nicely, no signs of last year’s muscari, and the anemones, despite doing all the ‘right things’ are just not to be seen. Still, the crocus are coming up and I will have a great display of daffodils.

That is it for me for now – I hope to have something new to show you next 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. Ah daffodils. You have reminded my that I need to check the contents of my pots (stuffed behind the garage back in April) as I intend putting any surviving bulbs into bulb baskets so I can display them in my raised vegetable beds in spring (while attempting to germinate veg seedling in the Potting Shed to take their place later), My lemon balm is also flowering in their pots.

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  2. Ah, spring. If only we could skip winter! Unlike Josh (30days) I actually like white hellebores. I have quite a few in my woodland border which gets no sun at all during the winter months, so the white is a welcome bit of brightness.

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      1. I actually quite like the green ones tooHelleborus foetidus and Helleborus argutifolius are great in a shady border. But yes, they do look best in large clumps.

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  3. Beautiful as always – thank you! It’s a shame that so many beautiful and amazing flowers end up drooping down – they are wonderful on both sides but I love it when they look up and greet the sun. Thank you for sharing such wonders!

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  4. So pretty in your garden!
    Those mahonia berries are delightful – I have never encountered them before so I looked them up. What do you do with yours?

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