Six on Saturday 24-02-2018

I do not believe it!!! A totally dry week here in Hampshire, one that’s flown by but still a totally dry week and what a difference seeing the sun has made. The soil is slowly drying out, as are all my work clothes and nature is springing into life so much quicker. The daffodils that line the roads near my house are showing more and more colour now, the cherry tree buds are swelling and wherever you go, new fresh leaves are slowing pushing out of their buds. Downside is that I did my first lawn mow this week, looked beautiful afterwards but I still hate mowing!

My six this week are of my garden, mainly as I fear my dear readers are getting a little bored of my humble patch. I am also away this weekend so please excuse the lack of responses, I will as ever respond in the end, I just maybe a little slower than normal!

So without any more playing around I give you (drum roll please) my six on Saturday!

Yes my daughters Venus fly plant is now flowering! The flowers aren’t that massive just the camera angle but still quite beautiful, never seen one flower before, I am guessing it will die after flowering but I maybe wrong

Started my rose pruning at home as well, got all the ones I wanted pruned and looking smart for the new year

Iris Rhapsody has just started flowering, it’s the last of my regticulata types to flower for me at home. I have fallen for these and I think my collection maybe growing even more next year!

The playhouse is done!!!!! Well apart from the roof but that’s a job for a few weeks time, all the inside is done and ready for the kids to enjoy

Yes at last all my paper white narcissus are opening and the scent is a delight to the senses, really enjoying having them in the garden

Ok this isn’t my garden or a clients garden although I did find this carpet of snowdrops while off to look at a job, I am hoping the the stunningness of the pic will allow Jon to forgive me!

hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from My garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Lora Hughes says:

    Jon forgives us everything, Thomas, at least so far! (Maybe that’s a challenge for next Saturday – Six that even the Propagator won’t stand for.) That iris of yours . . . well, of course you’re in love. And I can’t believe the playhouse has a garage! You are such a cool dad. I always thought the ‘trap’ was the flower, so am very glad to be better informed. How fascinating. Let us know if it survives blooming. Great Six!

    1. John Kingdon says:

      What an idea. In my garden I have gravel paths, paving slabs, bricks …. Six inanimate objects won’t be too difficult. Or I could take a tablet out and sit in the garden (wrapped up) and pick six photos from it’s memory. Six dogs or four cats and two African tree frogs. The tanks of tropical fish could do two weeks. Brilliant.

      1. Lora Hughes says:

        And if Jon wants to put us on the naughty step, we’ll say it was Thomas’ idea.

      2. thomashort says:

        Haha that’s ok I have broad shoulders………..

      3. thomashort says:

        All part of the garden John 😉

  2. fredgardener says:

    I don’t know if you’re going to lose your Venus fly plant … I had a Sarracenia that bloomed and it’s still there. Maybe you could pollinate them for seeds?
    Apart from that congratulations for the playhouse for your kids! I guess they love to play there (even if it’s cold right now … maybe you put a radiator?)

  3. What a gorgeous blue iris – have noted it down for next year. Difficult not to love iris reticulata when then they are so early and so beautiful. Really enjoyed your Six – thanks!

  4. n20gardener says:

    I was wondering how the playhouse was going. The children must love that! Congrats. I really missed the boat on the reticulatas this year and they are so lovely. On the list for purchasing for next year and the paper white narcissus! Lovely to find so many ideas here.

  5. I am a sucker for Iris reticulata and your Rhapsody is beautiful. Well done on getting the playhouse ready for the spring – brownie points for dad!

  6. tonytomeo says:

    What is the ‘patch’? It could not be less interesting than my garden; which is why I get my pictures from work. That still counts, doesn’t it?

    1. thomashort says:

      Yes it sure does I think and hope 👍

  7. John Kingdon says:

    Wow, that playhouse is fantastic. Well done. Fairy lights too! Though you may have to do your potting on your knees! I didn’t know that Venus fly traps flowered. I used to have one but after six or so years it died without making the effort. Are you winding me up by including an Iridodictyum? Even as a galanthophobe I can appreciate a view like that. I’m sure Jon won’t mind (if he does, we can have a democratic vote on it). Hope you’re enjoying wherever you are.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you John, the roof is the next thing but that won’t be for a while, have inlaws fences and my back fence to fix next, then tidy up garage… but very happy with it, don’t worry the the middle floor can come out once they are too big for it……. I didn’t either, it was a fellow contributor to 6onsaturday who said with lower temperatures it may encourage it to flower, so I kept it in the kitchen and it worked, not trying to just running out of things to show 😂 not come across any negatives yet but I haven’t read Jon’s comments yet…..
      we did have a good time thank you until flu struck

  8. Great playhouse Thomas! Loving that iris too and don’t get me started on those snowdrops….I am definately falling for them!

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😊 I just can’t stop looking at them coming though 😀

  9. The flytrap shouldn’t die after flowering. Usually, they produce the year’s first flush of traps soon after blooming. I think flowering is probably a good sign that it had a sufficiently cold dormancy, which is necessary for long term growth.

    I’ve never had much luck selfing flytraps. I don’t know if they’re self incompatible or if the stigma isn’t receptive when the pollen is ready.

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