Six on Saturday 17/02/18

It’s been a wet and windy week here in North Somerset with a frost most nights. However,  the sun came out on Friday and the weekend looks quite good. No gardening though as we’re off to North Devon for a couple of days. (I’ve cheated slightly and written this on Friday evening!) At least nothing changes too quickly at this time of year and I’ll be able to catch up over the coming weeks. I don’t sow seeds until the second half of March so no worries there. I find they catch with earlier sown ones. Anyway, here is this week’s six.

1. The wind has battered the poor crocus and many have been flattened before they’ve had a chance to open. The red shoots behind belong to Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’.

46FFC91C-D892-4A66-8C88-0C21413A16FB2. Fence panels! Where I can I have planted shrubs on the boundaries  but I have a corner garden so share boundaries with two other properties, both owned by non gardeners. One has a mown lawn, an apple tree and absolutely nothing else but the other one has loads of plants such as brambles (sorry! blackberries), bindweed, dandeunmown grass etc. Most of the fence panels have shrubs in front of them or, where there isn’t room for something to grow outwards are covered with climbers. However, I have three four foot high panels that I’m struggling to cover up. They face north and the prevailing wind blows along them. There is a small border in front of them that is a temporary home to some of the Michaelmas Daisies that I bought last autumn. They’re not tall enough for Clematis etc. and I don’t want to lose much depth from the border. Any suggestions gratefully received.

AC9BD6E9-4EB2-49CA-8695-A492BCC5F9503. Clematis puzzle me at this time of year. Ones that are due to flower early in the season such as alpina ‘Francis Rivis’ and ‘Guernsey Cream’ have virtually no new growth visible and yet other, much later flowering varieties, have loads of new growth, most of which I cut off. I’ve missed C. ‘Black Tea’!

E53B7406-A5E0-4B90-A515-B3683A7C40504. I planted this Sorbaria sorbifolia two years ago. The emerging foliage is such a bright colour and it looks good right through to late autumn. However, there would seem to be new shoots emerging a distance away from the main plant so I’m going to have to keep an eye on it, I hope it doesn’t run too far/vigorously.

025A9F39-8EEE-46F3-B0A1-F0108720AA095. Over the years I’ve made a few obelisks for, mainly, Clematis to grow up in the ‘large’ border following Geoff Hamilton’s instructions of many years ago. However, the legs gradually rot off in the soil. This one kept blowing over in the wind and was threatening to flatten some of my Hellebores. The non-gardener found these ground anchors on line. The obelisk is going nowhere now! They’re a bit shiny but will soon be buried in the undergrowth.

023AEF7D-94E6-44B9-B26C-7649A0526DEC6. Euphorbia x martini ‘Ascot Rainbow’ was new to me last year. It has looked good ever since, even when frosted.


That’s my six for this week. I’ll check in later today to see the other Sixes and to add to my plants to buy list!


8 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 17/02/18”

    1. I quite like the variegated ivy idea, Camellias sadly don’t like my soil. I have a dark red Chaenomeles elsewhere ( can’t think of the variety at this moment in time) but a lighter flowered one would look good there. Thanks Jim, I think you’ve come up with a good solution


  1. Your sorberia is more mature than mine & further along, & so lovely. Their little leaves, is there anything like it? How windy is your fence area? I’m wondering if you could send something narrowly up, then sideways. I don’t know the proper term, but some vines, if they aren’t pinched, are bare closer to the ground (or could be made bare). You could also try growing climbing beans or peas up the fence w/the aid of some wire. If it’s too windy, maybe a shrub or hedge you could trim, keeping it brushed (do you use that term w/shrubs?) on the stem/trunk, with a rectangular ‘head’ so to speak. I once lived in a house that had a pyracantha shrub under the window w/about an 18″ depth of leaves, then bare stems so that the bed underneath could have flowers. Quite a nice effect.


    1. The sun on the Sorbaria is beautiful to see. It is quite windy along this stretch of fencing! I’ve tried beans there before but with not a lot of success. I’ve several Pyracanthas elsewhere so wouldn’t use that but the bare stems idea is interesting. I’ll have to do some research into that. Thanks for the ideas


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