Changing seasons

Everyone does #SixonSaturday differently. My usual approach is to have a quick look around the garden and see what strikes me as new, special or a useful pattern of six. Today I did a quick tour of the front and back gardens to see what was going on. It was raining a bit but what struck me most was the signs of the changing seasons. Early spring changing to late spring, but with signs of summer and autumn too. So in one bed there were late daffodils, with forget-me-nots in the background 2. In another, the roses are beginning to … Continue reading Changing seasons

Seed sowing at last

After what seems like a very long winter, I’ve made a start on this year’s seed sowing. Back at Christmas time we had some home made crackers which I cunningly filled with chilli and and tomato seeds (and chocolate) to encourage my green fingered family to grow their own veg. Most of them (possibly all of them) chose the ‘pass on to someone who will’ option, leaving me with the joyous task of sowing the tiny seeds today. Here they are in relatively well labelled pots and off to their home in my heated propagator for a couple of weeks. … Continue reading Seed sowing at last

A day of contrasts

It’s been a day of contrasts – frost and ice first thing in the morning followed by glorious sunshine. Bella went out to check the ice on the pond, which was surrounded by frosty grass. Meanwhile, at the back of the garden the sun was shining on the first daffodils. Everything was glorious and I should have spent the day in the garden, or the allotment, or at the very least, sowing seeds indoors. Instead I made a trip to an out of town garden centre. I had a choice between going to one where I can get a bus … Continue reading A day of contrasts

Sunshine at last

I’ve been away for a week or so but returned to the garden in glorious sunshine today. The crocuses all opened up to welcome the sun. Bella got outside in the sunshine to admire the daffodils. I pruned the autumn fruiting raspberries, did a bit of weeding and harvested a tiny garden salad. Lettuce, rocket, rocket flowers and some chives – more tiny signs of spring. Later I got out to the allotment for the first time in weeks, did some more weeding, pruned some more autumn fruiting raspberries and brought home some leeks and sprouts. The plot is looking … Continue reading Sunshine at last

Waves of daffodils

After another frosty start and a frozen pond, the sun has come out so today’s #SixOnSaturday celebrates the joy of late daffodils. My daffodils come in waves, with the first appearing in early March but today there is a fabulous range across the garden. This fabulous pure yellow one underneath the apple tree 2. An orange trumpeted beauty in the back garden 3. More pure yellow beauties along the back hedge 4. Fancy flowers beneath the roses in the front garden 5. Tiny lovelies in a pot 6. And finally a pure white flower among the lavender in the front … Continue reading Waves of daffodils

A frosty Six on Saturday

A rather late and rather quick contribution to #SixonSaturday. Despite waking up horribly early this morning it has taken until late evening to write this. The tiny advantage of waking up at 5.30am was that I got to see the garden emerging from the dark, listen to the dawn chorus and with still a sprinkle of frost everywhere. So here’s my six: Frost covered snakeshead fritillary – beautiful flower at the best of times, enhanced by frost 2. A slightly frosty daffodil – they are looking their very best at the moment 3. Another daffodil – I’m afraid I don’t … Continue reading A frosty Six on Saturday

Snakes in the grass

This time last year I brought my ‘Great Piece of Turf‘ reusable coffee mug home from my office. I don’t suppose many people have weeds on their coffee mugs but there you go. I’m a great fan of Dürer and I bought this mug when I had the chance to visit the original painting in Vienna a few years ago. It hasn’t been used much this year as even when local coffee shops have been open they’ve been very reluctant to accept reusable cups. So today I took it for a little outing to the allotment, complete with coffee. It … Continue reading Snakes in the grass

Tiny shoots

Today for #SixOnSaturday, I’ve been out in the garden, down on my hands and knees, looking for tiny signs of growth. The February Gold mini-daffodils are fully out now 2. And I noticed, while photographing these, that there are some snakeshead fritillaries about to come into flower. I had forgotten that they were there so it was well worth getting down close to the daffodils to see them. There are still lots of snowdrops too, a few photobombing here 3. In the front garden, a single full sized daffodil has appeared. I have lots more to come and I will … Continue reading Tiny shoots

Joining the six on Saturday crew

My Saturdays are usually taken up with ‘stuff’ so I don’t usually do #SixOnSaturday , the weekly garden bloggers’ ritual – for more see here – But we are living in unusual times, and I’ve got the Easter public holiday weekend away from the day job for the first time in living memory. The reason for this is very boring but it means I woke up this morning without the usual Saturday list of stuff and have time instead just to enjoy the flowers, so here they are. Here’s a camellia in full bloom. This plant was a gift from … Continue reading Joining the six on Saturday crew