Six on Saturday: 9.1.21

Welcome back to lockdown gardening. Not that for my family we can see that much difference day today. Alice is still in school as the child of two critical workers. Amy is still teaching the same amount of lessons, but remotely. And Boris Johnson decreed Early Years education would stay open so I am still teaching. But, I’ve had a good week back with the kids and I particularly enjoyed our work around the rain. The group really enjoyed making their bottle shakers far more than I expected. 12 days wild came to an end but we carry on with our nature involvement all year. I just don’t do the daily blogging. I’ve also found a little bit of time this week to plant the last few bulbs. They may be a bit late but they were very cheap so no great loss if they are weak this year I reckon they’ll return the year after.

1. Lilium ‘Passion Moon’

Today’s bulbs are the last to be planted. These are possibly a bit late but they were half price from Sarah Raven, taking them down to normal prices. I would have put them in the ground but when I got round to it the ground was a bit frozen. So they’ve just gone in pots for now. They are described as raspberry and cream. My lilies did much better last year when I moved them to a shadier spot. The lily beetles were much lower in number.

2. Nectaroscordium siculum

I bought a few more of these in my Sarah Raven order. I had planted a few in the front garden already taking a chance on the shaded conditions. They are bee magnets and with the multiple tubular flowers they can cater for many.

3. Terracotta pot

I also got this hanging pot a while back but I haven’t decided what to put in it. It will probably only fit one plant so this may just be a little seasonal display. It’s got a nice rustic rough surface to it.

4. Solar lights

I bought these little solar lights for Amy to replace the Christmas lights. They are only tiny little solar candles so they don’t create too much light pollution for the nightlife in the garden but add a few twinkles around the log store.

5. Juniper communis ‘green carpet’

I added this little juniper around the base of an Acer. It forms a nice carpet of green as the name suggests. Juniper berries (which aren’t really berries) are great for a handful of birds that migrate to the UK in winter. Plant life are running an appeal to raise money to plant junipers in areas of the country where they would be native. There are a number of gardens locally that have patches of thriving dwarf juniper varieties like this so I thought I would give it a go. I don’t have much in the way of conifers and pines and I fancy having that little extra for a bit more variety to my foliage. Also, being evergreen it keeps a bit more greenery through winter so the garden doesn’t look too stark.

It isn’t really that exciting a plant to look at but once it spreads a bit more it should look good in combination with the Acer and ferns to the sides. The grounds had a bit of a mulch which always improves the look of things.

6. National Gardening Scheme tea towel

I like a tea towel and the NGS have been unable to do a lot of their usual fundraising for other charities over the last year. So, I bought this rather cheerful teatowel before Christmas. I’m of an age where I quite like practical objects like a good quality tea towel with a nice design. If tea towels aren’t of interest to you the NGS lecture was excellent viewing.

I hope you are all coping well. I know lockdown has been a blow for many but I feel safer seeing more measures being put in place to tackle problems. My RHS exam is cancelled. Not really a surprise. But, it will give me more time to revise and work on the next assignment on propagation. I’ve got 14 plant profiles to complete. These are getting harder to complete as we go along as I’ve used many of my favourite plants from my garden and we are a bit limited for visiting other gardens currently. But I’ll work something out. Though I don’t think I can get away with 14 new purchases. Amy might notice that many slipping in. Enjoy your weekends.

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21 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 9.1.21”

  1. A lovely optimistic post, as always. I love it when pots are freshly potted up, looking so neat and pure. I like it when the bulbs show as well, but you know what I mean! Hope you all have a great week, and of course stay safe and well.

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    1. I’m generally a pessimist but it seems like a bit of optimism is needed currently. And there is still plenty to take pleasure in. I do like doing the top dressing of grit and the mulch on the border. While I’m not a massively tidy gardener it does make it all feel fresh. Running low on grit though. But I think the builders yard is still open during this lockdown.

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  2. I had to look Nectaroscordium up, and gosh, it’s an allium! Favourites of mine. I have a few in my garden, but not that one (obviously) so I’ll have to keep an eye out for it when bulbs become available here

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  3. Like Jane, I had to look up ‘Nectaroscordium’! I realized that I had seen pictures of the flowers before, but not really taken notice of them. They are beautiful! I do hope that they grow well in your garden for you! I am also fond of solar lights… but maybe I should reduce the number of them that I have in the garden.

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  4. Shame about the exam but totally understandable. Perhaps you should pick one plant for each of the bloggers in this six-on saturday that they grow in their gardens and do your plant profiles through them, ask them to take photos, write short descriptions or whatever it is that you need. That way nothing would be purchased and it would be something that could be written about in six on saturday. Many of the group have an exceptional array of plants and some also specialise – camelias, snowdrops etc.
    I too love a good tea towel and that is certainly one..

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  5. I didn’t know the Nectaroscordium siculum until I googled. It will be wonderful for bees of course. Beautiful hanging pot : I’d plant a dropping petunia to see hummingbird hawk moths foraging the flowers in summer.

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  6. Full marks to all you teachers. My student daughter was helping out in a school this year running the breakfast club but it’s now not happening. She’s really missing it and is aching to do something positive as well as her online lectures. She’s filled in a few volunteer application forms so we’ll see. I like your juniper – conifers are so useful and this is a top choice for your bed.

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  7. I was looking yesterday at a Google Street view picture of what was the family home in Surrey when I was young and there in the front garden still is an upright Juniper that I planted when I lived there around 50 years ago. A different form of the species you’ve planted. I couldn’t have dreamed of that when I planted it.

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    1. It doesn’t quite suit my soil but I’ve seen it in quite a few gardens locally where it has thrived so hopefully grow well. Don’t know if I’ll get the berries as they are dioecious and I can’t find much details on wether particular cultivars are male or female. Info online says this one will form berries after a few years but may just have to wait and see.

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