Six on Saturday, 7th of April, 2018

Well well well it had to happen, yes we had not one but two and I repeat it two, dry days oh my word!so nice not to get into the house each night as a sodden mess, wet clothes in the armfuls, filling up the house with um a pleasant soily damp smell that’s further enhanced by the following evening when the next load comes in, well I think it is pleasant, my partner will no doubt disagree!

In all seriousness, it has been wonderful to see the sun and the sun has brought out the flowers around the garden. It’s starting to have that spring feeling at last. Last year one of my roses was half open, this year, it’s only just broken into leaf this year and that says a lot doesn’t. But never mind, Mother Nature has a way of catching up with things and I dare say we will be getting a warm dry spell at sometime in the near future.

This weeks six on Saturday comes from my clients gardens. My garden is being rather stubborn and isn’t producing me with any plants of interest and I haven’t had time to do anything in there yet and that’s the keyword yet!

I couldn’t resist this photo of Aesculus hippocastrum or horse chestnut of its leaves slowly unfurling, looks to me like it’s shading its eyes from the incoming big yellow ball that it’s not seen for a while or it’s waving to the sun saying hello. Ok ok bear with bear with its been a long cold winter…..

Ahh another Ribes sanguineum ‘White Icicle’ now I do love ribes and the white form of the red flowering currant is another I look forward to in the spring months and here it is in the sun looking beautiful

Euphorbia myrsinites was the first of this huge family I learnt as a young boy and still is a favourite of mine, I love the foliage effect as well as the acidic yellow flowers

Ahh magnolias, once someone told me it was better to be late than to never arrive! Magnolias are living up to this saying this year. The cold spring has certainly put them back and it’s wonderful to see them flowering around the gardens once more, really makes me think spring is here! Oh before I forget it’s a magnolia stellata not sure on form, it’s under investigation, now where’s my magnolia book!

The stinking hellebores look so majestic at this time of the year, helleborus foetidus is it’s botanical name, loves a bit of shade but again I love the green flowers, dipped in a little bit of purple around the edges

Full apologies for the crap photo, the little bugger wouldn’t say still! I have a feeling this comma didn’t want to appear on six on Saturday, bad form I say, bad form. Seriously it was wonderful to see the sun brining out the butterflies. I saw so many brimstones (they didn’t want to be photographed either!) fluttering around the gardens and also one peacock and this one battered comma!

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from my clients 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. I’m tempted to plant some stinking hellebores in my shady area after seeing lots of blogs and Carol Klein continually recommending.

    1. thomashort says:

      They are well worth it great plants for those areas, will seed a bit in there as well if they are happy 😃

  2. fredgardener says:

    Like me, you posted a picture of Magnolia stellata, really beautiful this year in my garden because the flowers could open without the showers ruin everything.
    I didn’t know this euphorbia, the leaves are beautiful as you said

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s a great year for them isn’t Fred 😀 it’s well worth a look, likes a nice dry sunny spot in the garden

  3. John Kingdon says:

    I feel sorry for poor old Ribes, being given the name “sanguineum”: it’s like saying, “Oh look! Another bloody currant.” Had to look carefully for that comma which I see is being followed by an exclamation mark. 😉 I really like that photo of the horse chestnut too.

    1. thomashort says:

      I agree john and theres the confusion, image growing up being white when your name means red, ok if you are pink, but white when you are red, poor things must be confused like anything!
      Thank you, it stood out to me, just like it was trying to hide from the sun 😂

  4. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Stinking hellebores: what a nasty name for a really quite exquisite flower.

  5. It is all very slow this year isn’t it – good to see it’s not just my garden. I’ve made a note of the Ribes ‘White Icicle’, very pretty! I’m off to seek 6 worth showing on Six on a Saturday.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s painfully slow, I think it is made worse by last year being so warm. I hope you enjoy

  6. I do love a nose in a client’s garden. I,too,love that Ribes, but have not encountered the white form before. Very nice.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s a great form, I wish I had more room to grow more of them, it’s great fun looking around peoples gardens isn’t

  7. Ali says:

    I thought you were talking about the plant not staying still, until I spotted the comma! He is looking a bit worse for wear, isn’t he? I think Euphorbia mysinites wants me. He keeps popping up wherever I am. I love the spiralling scales. Stinking hellebore is wonderful – perfectly timed to hand over to Euphorbia.

    1. thomashort says:

      Yes he is poor thing, was surprised to see him tbh but it was a nice surprise, I think you should listen to it and get one, they are so lovely

  8. Sophie says:

    I love all euphorias as they are so hardy and they tend to self seed all over my garden. I love the acid green flowers. I love that horse chestnut photo! Stunning. My Magnolia is only just budding so it will be a while yet. Thanks for sharing photos from your clients garden; you have a fab job!

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Sophie 😀, I do love my job and wouldn’t change it for anything , they are so slow this year aren’t they, normally frosted a brown colour by now, let’s hope we get another dryish week next week

  9. n20gardener says:

    I wonder if the plant I am coveting in my neighbour’s garden is a ribes. It is red and looks great from my side of the fence. And thank you for another euphorbia to investigate. I like the lime green too.

    1. thomashort says:

      It could well be, it is a good shrub to have in the garden, oh yes you should get it, it’s a little cracker, it’s my favourite of the family I think

  10. cavershamjj says:

    Magnolia looking splendid. Mine is doing it’s thang now too.

  11. A comma! What a treat, don’t worry I can imagine it fully open. That euphorbia is one of my favourites too, a little other-worldly, in a nice way. So pleased you have had some good weather, we had one day, then back to normal. Going to attempt a little home gardening today, fingers crossed …..

  12. Lora Hughes says:

    Love the image of the chestnut hiding its eyes from the sun. I know how it feels. We all do, this year. Lovely six, yet again, Thomas! Thanks for sneaking us into other folks gardens. 😉

  13. Great photos of some beautiful plants. The horse chestnut looks weird and wonderful and that magnolia really is a star.

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