Six on Saturday 5th of January 2019

A massive happy new year to you all and a great colder start it is as well. The first few days here in Hampshire has seen the mercury drop down to -5c, bringing the coldest snap of the winter so far, lets just hope we get a few days of this to kill off the bugs that were everywhere after last winter. I don’t know where the time has gone since Christmas, I had so much planned to carry out over the Christmas break but I don’t seemed to get too far with it all, but thats life.

The garden is slowly coming to life isn’t, so many bulbs are sticking there little heads above the ground. Some of these little further coming delights will be in flower very soon and doubt will feature very soon on the six on Saturday theme.

until then, I hope you enjoy these six

The snowdrop cometh! Yes it’s start of the early snowdrop season and here is one of my favourites and indeed also named after one of my favourite birds, Galanthus ‘Lapwing’


2) Edgeworthii are one of my favourite shrubs for a small garden and for winter interest. This beautiful shrub just gets better as the winter goes on until these buds open into stunningly scented flowers in February/March


Bird feeders, we are hoping that we will attract a few more birds into the garden, over the past few years, I have seen more and more passing by and I would love these feeders to be used. Wildlife adds a 4th dimension to the garden and it’s wonderful to see it around


The first of my double primroses are just starting to flower, so lovely to these coming back this year

This prostrate rosemary is so reliable! It’s been in this chimney pot for a few years now and still flowers every winter. It is such a great little plant

Adding mulch to the borders is such an important job in any garden and once I have done the first winter tidy up, I like to add the mulch soon after. This particular mulch is pretty new for me and I will be giving it ago during the next 12 months and seeing what happens

Well that’s my six done for this week, I hope you enjoyed them and if you would like to see more, please go to the excellent Mr Propagators site and there will loads more on offer

I will give next weeks a miss but I will be back in two weeks with more six things that are happening in my own garden, until then, take care and happy gardening

19 Comments Add yours

  1. You’ve got me wondering where my snowdrops are now. I lifted and divided them in the green last year and am hoping I didn’t kill them off.
    Three of our neighbours have the most wonderful prostrate rosemaries and I am planning to take cuttings this year and wondering how long it will take me to have a healthy specimen of my own.

    1. thomashort says:

      no they will be fine 🙂 just good strong plants aren they. ohhh thats the best way to get them free 🙂 will take a few years to get to a good size but well worth the wait

  2. n20gardener says:

    No sign of my snowdrops yet. I love the primrose and Edgeworthii looks very interesting. Not one I’m familiar with so I’ll do some research.

    1. thomashort says:

      its well worth a look, the leaves are quite magnolia like but the scent from the flowers is just incredible. the hope they appear soon 🙂

  3. I wondered about my snowdrops too! You know me…love a good snowdrop but I didn’t plant any new ones as I kind of forgot! doh.
    I love the Edgeworthii; a shrub I don’t know but is intriguing.
    Happy new year to you Thomas. X

    1. thomashort says:

      Happy new year Sophie, I hope you are well and had a good Christmas
      oh yes you can’t beat them at this time of year or indeed any time of the year, I am sure they will appear soon, I think its because I grow them in pots maybe?
      its well worth getting to know it, it does take chalky soil as well

  4. No sign of our Snowdrops yet though we did see some in flower at The Eden Project last week. The Primroses have hardly stopped flowering all winter so far – it has been very mild, only recently, like where you are, going down to 5C.
    Happy New Year to you.

    1. thomashort says:

      oh I love the eden project, remember seeing some diffs in flower there in early December 2017, beautiful place. I hope they soon appear, this mildish weather will help them along won’t it
      a very happy new year to you as well

  5. tonytomeo says:

    So this is the beginning of the snowdrops. I remember that just about everyone wrote about them last year.
    I got some of my own, although they are just Leucojum aestivum. I don’t know where they came from. They are the best snowdrops I got.

    1. thomashort says:

      lol yes they are well loved here 🙂 ahh we call them snowflakes over here, so beautiful aren they

      1. tonytomeo says:

        ummm. . . . yeah . . . . beautiful. Fortunately, I like white. Because there is always something blooming here, neither snowdrops nor snowflakes are overly important. Someone already explained to me that they are snowflakes, but I got into the habit of referring to them as snowdrops. Besides, it gives me something to brag about until someone corrects me.

  6. fredgardener says:

    Your snowdrops are beautiful and early! Nothing here because mine are still in the ground (on the lawn). I only have to wait a bit.
    Beautiful ( and useful !) bird feeders that help you observe the birds and maybe add them to your collection.

    1. thomashort says:

      thank you Fred, it maybe the pots I am not sure, most of mine are coming up rather well at the moment, I fear they maybe finished before any snow arrives let alone melts. I hope yours start appearing soon, thank you I shall enjoy seeing any that come in 🙂

  7. Do you keep your double primroses in pots all year round? I’ve tried some in the past but they didn’t make it through the summer months.

    1. thomashort says:

      I do well try too, I have nearly lost the gold edged ones sadly but the others seem to be doing rather well, especially that one for some reason

  8. cavershamjj says:

    No sign of my new snowdrops yet, still snuggled down under the lawn. I must get some bird feeders although I worry about the cats. Lovely Six.

    1. thomashort says:

      thank you fella, lol I don’t blame them, I wish I could lol, we haven’t had any joy on the feeders yet but it does take a while I think to get them used to them being there

  9. Is your Edgeworthii the Rhododendron? Love to watch shrb flower buds swell in the spring! I wish I could find a source for the multitude of Galanthus varieties you seem to have in Great Britain – we only seem to get two or three choices here…

    1. thomashort says:

      thats a shame about the snowdrops, I know of a few suppliers here that can supply abroad if the paperwork is sorted, costs a bit though 🙁 yes it does look a little like a rhododendron but is indeed a suppurate sp, related to Daphnes I think…..

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