For some reason when thinking about six on Saturday this week, Elton Johns song Saturday night just appeared in my head, no idea why, it’s strange how the brain works at time. Anyway after the snow and the rain, it’s been nice to have a dryish week, well if you discount the rain Thursday morning and other showers overnight, oh and there was the April like showers that drenched me Friday morning while pruning a rambling rose. Talking about Friday, I had one of those bird of prey days when I managed to see five in day, started off with a peregrine falcon over Salisbury, before seeing a red kite and Kesteral while driving to my next job, then watched buzzards pairing up, doing their mating displays of twisting and turning in the air and fighting off other males and finished off with a sparrow hawk chasing a blackbird over the garden, all wonderful sights unless you are are the blackbird! Everything is slowly growing away now and I am frantically trying to finish off my pruning before it all comes into leaf and starts growing away although I think the mini beast from the east is due this weekend, bringing more snow and cold temperatures, so that will slow it all down!
Anyway enough of my little chit chat and on to the six on Saturday, which due to not a lot changing or happening in my little garden is a mix of mine and a clients, I hoe you enjoy them
Pulmonaria offinicalis, how on Earth can someone not like this plant, it gives us its lovely spotted leaves and beautiful spotted leaves harbouring in the spring. The little flowers are a mix of different shades of blue, with pink mixed in, how lovely does this shade lovely plant look!
Of course it’s not just the flowers that make it into the six on Saturday, but foliage and this Aquilegia, I find the emerging new leaves full of beauty, from the colours, the fresh new look, the patterns that they give as they slowly open and finally the way water sits on them
I love small daffodils like tete a tete here, I find them so useful in the smaller garden, there they just look more in scale than the bigger ones and there foliage when dying back can be a little unsightly while these little ones can be hidden by other plants coming though.
Ahh Daphne ordora varigata, lovely foliage, edged in yellow and then the flowers and the scent, it just fills the whole garden with its scent and they just flower for so long, normally at least 4 months during the winter time, such a great value plant
Rhubarb oh how I love this vegetable and before I start world war 3 on the internet, it is indeed a vegetable and not a fruit. I love the crinkled leaves as they slowly appear with the red stems emerging, bringing the thought of rhubarb crumble, rhubarb and strawberry tart or just rhubarb stew to add to ice cream, cereal or natural yogurt
Pulmonaria rubra is the red pulmonaria and again how beautiful does this look! They may lack the spottiness on the leave but their mid colour green looks good anyway and offsets the flowers nicely
I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from Mine and my clients gardens If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ 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