Six on Saturday 10/04/21

Brrrrr. It’s chilly out there but the sun’s trying to shine. Fingers crossed that it succeeds. On the subject of weather – where are the April showers? It seems such a distant memory but I definitely remember complaining that the garden was water logged due to too much rain through autumn and winter. It has been several weeks since we had any meaningful rain and there doesn’t seem to be any forecast here for at least the next couple of weeks. I’ve been watering the pots for quite a while but I think I’m going to have to do some watering in the borders as well. I split and replanted a lot of the herbaceous perennials a while back and they are showing signs of stress and not a lot of growth. The established plants, however are growing daily. I love this time of the year, everything changes so quickly. Here’s an update from my garden this week.

  • There’s so much new growth and I’ve been a bit worried as we’ve had a few frosts this week. One plant that hasn’t liked the cold is Parthenocissus henryana. A lot of the lovely new leaves are all black and crispy.

  • From a sorry looking plant (that will recover) to one that is looking absolutely beautiful
Amelanchier lamarckii ‘Ballerina’ through the glasshouse roof

This tree was in my Six this time last year and I also took a video of it at the time because it was full of honey bees. Although yesterday was bright and sunny for a while it’s a lot colder than this time last year and the honey bees haven’t arrived yet. The bumble bees seem to prefer the nearby Pieris. It will be interesting to see if there are as many Amelanchier berries for the birds to eat.

  • Talking of birds……. the starlings have caused great amusement this week. The bark of the Birch tree is peeling off in strips and the starlings must be using it to help make their nests. They spend ages in the tree pulling the ends of the strips until they have a beak full of pieces. They aren’t very good at knowing when to stop and fly away with what they have collected and often lose the whole lot while trying to pull off one more piece. The bed below is littered with all of the dropped pieces but they don’t often think to take the easy route.
They wouldn’t pose for the camera, even though I was indoors
  • I’ve been mostly pleased with the pots this spring although the tulips have flowered before the narcissi in a couple of them. Not in the plan! This one is going in the right order though.
N. ‘Jack Snipe’and Chionodoxa luciliae to be followed by T. ‘China Town’
  • The pots of Tulips are getting ready to fill the patio area with a riot of colour (that’s the plan, anyway), they need some sun though. T. ‘Stresa’ was in a mixed pot and has been and gone already. I’ve grown T. ‘Quebec’ for the first time and have found it pretty if a little underwhelming.
  • Another pot of bulbs to finish with. These didn’t flower last year so they earned another chance.
Fritillaria uva vulpis

While sat writing this I’m looking out at the beautiful Lamprocapnos spectabile. Why isn’t it in this weeks Six? How could I have forgotten it? Too late now.

I’ve some Cosmos seedlings to prick out this morning then there’s weeding to do, Clematis to tie in and lots of other jobs to keep me busy outside all day. I just hope it warms up a bit. Thanks for reading, have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to read the other Sixes at

10 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 10/04/21”

  1. The Fritillaria uva vulpis are cute. I don’t have this variety but now they are on my wish list.
    Here too many new shoots have been hit by frost and there will be losses… We will know more in a few weeks.

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  2. The antics of the birds are always fascinating. I’ve just bought a lamprocapnos spectabilis for the garden – small at the moment and still in its pot but I’m hoping to plant up this weekend – if it warms up! The amelanchier looks fab as do all the pots.

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      1. I always plant as many as I can in a pot (30 in a large one, but at least 10), they can be touching, whereas in the ground you need to leave space. Pots are usually emptied, though I have to confess I often leave mine alone. Not successfully this year.

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  3. I love reading about the starlings peeling bark from your tree. That must be so fun for you to watch and I think perhaps they are finding enjoyable too.
    The Fritillaria uva vulpis is an interesting looking plant. Interesting that they took an extra year to get going.

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