I should have taken this week’s pictures yesterday in the glorious sunshine instead I took them this morning as it was trying to snow. Hopefully, this is just a very temporary glitch in the weather. Saturday is rapidly disappearing so I’d better get on with this.
1. The four large pots that I planted up in the autumn are coming on well. There’s layers of bulbs to give a long season of colour – either Crocus or Iris reticulata, dwarf Narcissi, dwarf Tulips and then spring bedding on top. I’ve done this for several years now and then plant the bulbs into the garden (with varying degrees of success in successive years).
2. Primroses are starting to flower now. They don’t do brilliantly in my garden, I think the clay soil is often too dry in the summer for them. I prefer the traditional yellow but the red one was a present and has grown on me.
3. Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’. This is growing in a large pot by the side of the house. It’s a very windy spot but, although only planted last year, this Elder seems to be surviving and the leaves have started to open this week. Hopefully, it will disguise the hose guide. Note to self, check what’s in the background. The blue pot was on its way elsewhere!
4. The original plant of this Euphorbia came from Hannay’s nursery in Bath many years ago. I can’t remember it’s name, other than it’s Hannay’s something! Seedlings appear from time to time, as this one did last year. It’s a lovely red colour but is a bit prone to mildew.
5. There was an offer of 72 perennial plug plants in the paper the other week, postage only. I’m more of a seed and cutting person really but was intrigued to see what they’d be like. They were really well packed and in very good health. I think a fair few will end up in daughter’s new garden.
6. I have staging down one side and across the end of my (unheated) glasshouse and then grow tomatoes and peppers along the other side. At this time of year though I start to run out of room. The staging is pretty well full with overwintering fuchsias, geraniums, begonias etc. so nowhere for pots and trays of seedlings to go. I was going to start sowing this weekend but the cold snap has put paid to that. I’ve used a pasting table in the past but it’s not very stable and tends to sag in the middle! The non-gardener built this for me! It holds 13 seed trays and dismantles very quickly. The pots of Dahlias and Cannas should be alright below. Can’t wait to start using it.That’s my six for this week. Thanks for looking in. Don’t forget to check out the other Six’s at our host’s site