Six on Saturday 18.09.21

It has been a lovely sunny day, warm enough to sit outside with a cup of tea and a book. This is in great contrast to the weather the past few days, with rain and pretty cold weather. Things are looking good though with lots of things coming back to life after being dormant over the winter. 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.

First up, daffodils. It was really windy on Monday night, and some of the daffodils took a bit of a battering, but they are hardy and although some are now past their best, there are still lots of flowers, and more to come from some new bulbs. The pale yellow ones are new this year, the ‘peach and cream’ ones reasonably well established. Daffodils seem to work well in pots on our decking, so will continue to try out some more I think.

At number two, mahonia berries no more….you may remember last week there were lots to be seen. The birds have decimated the fruit, so I hope they enjoyed it all. They are, no doubt, ahem, spreading the seeds.

Over to herb corner, and the chocolate mint is looking good again, the old oregano plant, which I bought in a supermarket is coming to life again, both rosemary plants are growing fast and needing new pots, the variegated sage is looking pretty and the ordinary sage is showing signs of flowers. I am needing to do a good stocktake of the herbs to be honest, see what needs repotting, tidying up and so on. A trip to the garden centre is needed I think for ‘supplies’ (and that doesn’t mean more plants…or does it?).

At number four, two surprises: this forget-me-not which seems to have just popped up from nowhere, and three muscari have actually materialised. These did not do well last year, with none of the white ones every appearing, so having just a few this year is fine. I’ll leave them in situ and see if they pop up again next year.

In fifth place, this week’s pictures of hellebores. I can see there are more to come too. No camellias or magnolia this week – they are all looking gorgeous still, but thought I would give them a break!

And to end…the tulips I planted this year are still looking amazing, with another couple still to fully bloom. This has been my favourite bulb purchase this year so far.

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 don’t know about those tulips, they’re not something I’d have myself but they are so flamboyant they demand something more than a neutral reaction, they shout out love me or loathe me. Perhaps it’s just me. The daffs are more my kind of thing.

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    1. I confess when I first saw the tulips I thought ‘oh no…’ but they have grown on me because, as you say, they are totally over the top. Not what I thought I had bought!


  2. I love the tulips, they look very rebellious to me, and I like a little rebellion. Have a great trip to the garden centre, and don’t forget “no plants!” or maybe just one or two. Enjoy your week.

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  3. Wow! I love all the pictures of your spring garden. I saw hellebores for the first time last February (close to start of our spring, here on Vancouver Island) and fell hard for them. And your daffodils? Amazing! Thank you for sharing.


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  4. Those pale yellow daffs are rather pretty. I buy dwarf or rockery daffs for pots and in the borders as they seem to do better in the wind than the taller ones, I must admit I have a love for the white ones which do seem to have established in the garden without too much of a problem. Enjoy your trip to the garden centre, I need to visit for some compost and pots, no plants. Definitely no plants…

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