Six on Saturday, 31st of March 2018

Well I haven’t featured any water plants yet and I think if this rain carries on much longer, I shall be ripping up all my plants and replacing them with Canadian pond weed and water lilies. It’s just be a horrendous week hasn’t, been rained off twice and still not got my paper work done, keep getting distracted trying to stop the kids kill each other and waiting on them. But that’s life in the fast lane or what couples as the fast lane at my time in life.

This weather has really effected the garden, the soil hasn’t really warmed up yet and nothing is growing as mad as it was last year. I was reading though my old blogs from a year ago, finding ones like rose watch, with rose buds a good size all ready, this year they haven’t even got any new leaves on yet this year! But that’s the fun thing about gardening isn’t, every day, week, month and year is different and so unpredictable.

Talking about unpredictability here’s my six on Saturday all from my own garden!

A lovely Hyacinth, can’t remember the name and I know it’s in a box in the garage but it’s raining and that would mean going outside and getting wet, still is a great colour and looks great in my containers in my front garden

A slight negative now, I was so looking forward to seeing my tulip polychroma in full flower, looking stunning in the sun, it’s one of my favourite specie tulip, um then we had the snow and it well killed off the flowers and they have failed to open, gutted but there’s always next year!

One of the few plants I have left from when we moved in, actually it was one of the few plants in the garden at the time, looks great this time of year, but is under a window and it covers the window in a few weeks during the summer. I want to take it out but the sparrows love it for some reason and I cant bring myself to remove it

My tulips are appearing! Just love the buds full stop, so full of promise and a hint of the pleasure they will bring. Have planted a few forms in the garden this year, can’t wait to see them appearing this year

Geranium wlassovianum ‘Lakwijk Star’ just love the new leaves on this plant! The shades of red on the leaf is amazing and the usefulness of the plant is again brilliant, it has something going for it all summer.

Wel I think she has nearly made it, my Geranium traversii elgans, looking a little more battle scared after the last cold spell, but never less still looks alive. Phew! Can’t wait for it to get flowering again!

I 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

26 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    According to your pictures, it’s the blue hyacinth that seems to be the best …miserable rain that we have…

    1. thomashort says:

      I think you are right Fred, really struggled this week, the rain is dampening the garden and moods, losing 2 days work also meant I missed out on two great gardens I plunder for the 6 as well , need to buy more plants to fill in this gap, not that I did that last night online 😂

    2. tonytomeo says:

      but the forsythia is the coolest! ‘Some of us’ rarely get to see one. I work with two now, but they are rare here.

  2. cavershamjj says:

    Ooh I like that red leafed geranium. Very nice. *adds to want list*

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s a cracker, only young leaves look like that but is an undervalued plant

  3. annpappas says:

    There was great delight with the 7mm of rain we had on Thursday night and yesterday morning but when I was planting out a few Calendulas, I saw that only the top part was damp – it’s so dry that the water just sits on top of the soil. We need so much more soaking rain.

    1. thomashort says:

      Lol could send you some of ours Ann, it’s been non stop since Wednesday morning, with a drier day forecast tomorrow and then heavy for the next few days, even on pretty free draining soil, it’s sitting on top now. I hope you get some soon though👍

  4. I got absolutely soaked and cold all Wednesday and temporarily fell out of love with my job. Still, chin up.

    1. thomashort says:

      It was awful wasn’t it Tim! I didn’t go out on Wednesday but did on Thursday and that was bad enough, finding pretty frustrating, got behind due to the cold weather and flu and now having this rain, still nothings growing well yet 👍

  5. John Kingdon says:

    I toyed with photos of a blue hyacinth and the forsythia today too. Decided that geraniums aren’t really up to much yet. So great minds do think alike! Here the rain isn’t bad enough to force me under cover – the waterproofs would do the trick – but the ground is so waterlogged that I daren’t step off a path. Still, means I can sit in the study with coffee on tap and read this week’s sixes. I agree with Anne Wareham at The Veddw that kids ought to be pretty high up on the list of garden pests 😉

  6. Lora Hughes says:

    Smashing tulip bud you have there. Your forsythia comments have me thinking about this monster growing at the end of my garden. Hasn’t been pruned this century, quite possibly & is hanging over the terrace. I hadn’t thought what the birds might make of the thing, so will have to consider who’s hanging out there. Having said that, yours looks nice & bushy, properly pruned, whereas mine’s a bit leggy, so perhaps the birds would appreciate a bit of a trim for better coverage. Has to be a community decision, you know.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Lora, lol that’s why mines been kept for the Wild life I mean, yes have to keep mine tight, it’s right under a window and is a constant battle all Summer between the two

  7. Ali says:

    That is a lovely hyacinth! Now you say it, I do remember roses being far ahead last year. We didn’t have any rain over spring at all, either – I remember having to water new plants. Not so this year! I love geranium foliage too.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Ali, I love geraniums I must admit, would love to grow more and more but haven’t got the space 🙁

  8. Another interesting six Thomas, thank you. The geranium looks good, and i understand your attitude to the forsythia. I think they are underated – they can look amazing at this time of year but pretty plain the rest of the time. I think we all spend 11 months deliberating over getting rid of them, – and then it flowers! Mine is tucked out of the way in a spot that doesnt affect anything else, it’s just nice to come round the corner and see its colour in spring.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😊 Haha agree totally, love seeing at this time of the year, got bored pruning it though last year, nearly replaced it with an Edgeworthii, perfect height for window but choose not too, kinda glad I didn’t

  9. Great photo of the Tulip bud!!!

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😊 can’t wait for them to ope though

  10. tonytomeo says:

    Those in cool climates get all the cool stuff! I sent a picture of a forsythia earlier, but it is about done now.

  11. n20gardener says:

    We are all on message this week. Rain. My lawn is almost standing water. But lovely to see your geraniums coming to life, it will happen!

  12. An interesting and varied Six – I’m with you on the weather. Love the look and description of your geranium and have put it on my ever growing list.

    1. thomashort says:

      Lol it’s horrible isn’t another rain storm coming in tonight I think
      It’s a great form to add, one of my favs

  13. I have done the same looking back over last year’s blog and things were so much further advanced – many of the tulips were out and this year so far none. The colour of your hyacinth is fab though. Bring on the warmer weather!

    1. thomashort says:

      Yes please and a little less rain! It’s been an odd spring hasn’t, I think it will have a catch up time soon though, thank you, it’s a great colour isn’t happy with those this year

  14. I like all your plants featured – especially always good to see a geranium – my favourite plants. And really forsythia is such a doer it’s hard to dislike. Mine is pretty much the only splash of colour at the moment.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😊 they are one of mine too, I love that there’s one for every garden almost and are so easy to look after, I fear you are right with the forsythia, I am not keen for 11months of the year but that one month just wow

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