Six on Saturday 3rd of March 2018

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope those in the uk are all ok after both the Beast from the East And Storm Emma brought snow and cold weather, the snow has caused the country to shut down and also made our gardens a white clean delight trouble is, it’s covered everything including all the lovely little bulbs I was hoping to show you this week instead of what I am doing instead.

Let’s be honest trying to do anything in this cold spell in the garden is madness unless you have the delight of a greenhouse or lovely collection of house plants so why not just enjoy the white covering of your garden (and here’s mine) and enjoy what’s it’s done to the plants and how much it enhances the colour and shapes of plants.

Be warned just because your plant is covered in snow, doesn’t mean it will be safe. Last really snowy weather we had many many years ago, mice went though almost every Daphne odorata and ate the bark off them and killed them, so plants with sweet bark, it’s worth knocking the snow off!

There’s still time to buy bare root roses, so why not spend a little time choosing a couple of new roses for the garden as you can’t get out into the garden. Spend a little time looking, there’s some stunning old varieties that get over looked and they can be far better than most of the modern roses

Same with seeds, as I can’t get outside, I am sorting out seed order for a client and you can get some good bargains at this time of year and once ordered, there’s time to plan out where it all goes in the garden

Tidy up the tool shed is also a great idea, spend time removing all the soil off the tools, oil the metal parts and treat the wooden handles with a little bit of boiled linseed oil. Great time to fix that broken spade on the corner and is that 3 pronged fork really worth keeping? How’s the compost? Enough to pot on the seedlings? Always worth doing a little stock taking and making a list

Most of all enjoy the beauty that this snow gives us and wrap up warm! That said I am recovering from the flu that wiped me out earlier in the week so I am taking it easy 👍

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

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Jim Stephens says:

    I’m not finding much to enjoy about this weather but I haven’t yet reached the point of desperation where I’d tidy my tool shed. The only practical way for me to do that would be to throw a match in and shut the door.

    1. thomashort says:

      That made me chuckle! I am glad it’s not just my shed it that state, my vans tidish though……. there’s an ish please note

  2. John Kingdon says:

    I’ve sorted the tool-cleaning problem. Easy. Just break all your tools (accidentally of course) over the winter and buy new ones. I did tidy the shed a couple of months ago. I may tidy it again once I’ve emptied it, which I’ll need to do to get inside. It’s all those bags of compost I bought after I did my stock take and made a list of what I needed.

    1. thomashort says:

      😂😂😂😂😂John you never fail to make me smile, that’s of course a very good way to avoid cleaning your tools bloody expensive way though

  3. I am spending this cold patch dreaming of roses – I planted a couple bare root last year and they seemed quite happy so this March am going to put in a few more including Charles de Mill and a Lady Hillingdon climber.

    1. thomashort says:

      Oh 2 of my favourites, love them both, such great plants, much easier plant8ng them bare rooted as well isn’t

  4. Tim Hewitt says:

    Some good advice there, Thomas, very little of which I have taken and now I am so behind I will be too busy to act on it next week! Next snowy spell, eh?

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Tim. Haha I hope it’s not too soon Tim, can remember one in April about 10 years ago that was fun

  5. fredgardener says:

    My rose cuttings ( and the climbing rose that you recommended to me a few months ago) have passed the difficult period we have had successfully, a bottle of water turned on each stem was needed to protect the new buds … I hope you have recovered from the flu and that you will soon return to the gardens

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Fred, nah not fully recovered but getting stronger 👍 that is great news about the roses can’t wait to see them in flower this year, I hope the skiing goes well this week

  6. I ended up cleaning all my tools yesterday as I was bored! I need to get a few new roses so thanks for these sips Thomas. X

    1. thomashort says:

      Lol it’s a horride Job isn’t, I try and do it most times after using but I always forget and then have to have a good tidy up, garages are due to be started soon at home ☹️

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Trevor White old fashioned roses. tee hee. Only one pictured is ‘white’. Okay, I will quite before I offend someone.
    This meme is addicting. I said I would do it only once, but now have done it a few times, and I do not have anything to show off in my garden. My pictures are from work!

    1. thomashort says:

      Lol you are so right it is very addictive, I thought I won’t do it this week but just found myself putting it together this morning, it’s nice seeing other people’s gardens, don’t worrry a lot of mine are from work too

      1. tonytomeo says:

        My next one is six different pictures of the same tree. I will not spoil it now.

      2. thomashort says:

        Can’t wait to see what you do 👍

  8. Ali says:

    Is that a hyacinth shoot in the snow? It’s rather lovely.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s a tiny crocus just coming up nice and slowly can’t wait to see them open up this week

  9. Lora Hughes says:

    Glad you’re on the mend but rather than tidy your shed, you should continue to recuperate w/a few robust (stiff) drinks.

  10. mrsdaffodil says:

    Oooh, hungry mice – I never thought about that. 🙁

    1. thomashort says:

      I must admit until it happened I hadn’t even thought about it, lost so many of them in a weeks snow

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