Six on Saturday

Should be a picture of pristine Cyclamen coum, but no. Once again, Freddie the Fox has ruined it. Every morning I am presented with his calling card, often on the path, sometimes on top of a pot, but mostly on a plant. Today, he excelled himself.

However, pristine Osmanthus in the early morning sun cheered me up and gives me an idea. If all my plants were spiky like Osmanthus, Freddie might find things a tad uncomfortable.

Hardwood rose cuttings from November 2020, grew well and even flowered last year, just cut back and potted up separately to give away to friends and fellow gardeners in return for some of their lovelies. Incredible root systems after just 12 months growth, needed 2 litre pots to accommodate them.

In my continuing war against the local cat population who seem to think it amusing to lie in wait for the finches on the birdfeeders, this new ultrasonic device is recommended by the RSPB and is mains powered to ensure even the deafest cat will hear it!

Bright and breezy day ahead according to the Himalayan birches. Storm Malik approaches but we will just get the tail end of the winds.

A sign of better things to come. Hemerocallis ‘Dad’s Best White’ emerging from the cold clay soil and getting ready to put on his fantastic display. But later, much later.

Have a great weekend

David

Six on Saturday

Late to the party today due to some real, actual proper gardening. All day, since 9am, non-stop. Loved every minute and enjoyed the endorphins it brought me after so many weeks of waiting and planning.

The flowering currants are looking good today although still some way to go before that Ta-dah! moment.

This lucky Lady found a home with its own water supply for the winter. Several of her sisters unfortunately disturbed today but those that were awake got relocated to a new home.

Very pleased with my rose cuttings which have all seemingly formed roots and are sending up new growth. Those that know about such things tell me to leave well alone until next winter and then pot them up separately ‘bare rooted’ and they should flower in 2022. Am I alone in marvelling at such a thing? Even now, I get a huge kick out of bringing cuttings to life.

.My first time using Strulch as a weed suppressing mulch and I have started with my strawberries. The mineralisation process of the straw is supposed to inhibit slugs and snails so this was a good place to start! I have another 5 bags to go so watch this space for opinions and results.

The new shoots of Sambucas nigra ‘Black Lace’ are stunning before they unfurl into leaves.

Myrtle got hit by the frost. Her new shoots will be snipped off and she will look as pretty as ever in a new outfit next week.

The thick layer of composted bark fines I used to mulch the Silver Birches has not deterred the spring bulbs which have had an extra 75mm to push their way through. Another couple of years and it should be spectacular.

Have a great weekend and stay safe

David