There are some lovely bonuses to this meme. Shared knowledge from around the world and the weekly deadline sends me out into the garden nosing around in every corner to find out what is new for this week’s post. This also means I can’t avoid seeing the pests and diseases to be tackled and the jobs that really must be done! Here’s the six.
The first flowers on the viburnum have opened. The poor tree is riddled with viburnum beetle but it doesn’t seem to affect the flowering. Can anyone give a more specific identification on the variety?
I was also very pleased to spot this first hellebore bud. It is Pretty Ellen Red which should begin flowering in February, so this is an unexpected early start. I have planted a small group of these in a shady corner at the back of the garden. The new growth is clearly providing a food source for the slugs. Just wish something would eat the slugs. Job for the weekend: cut back the old foliage – looks like hellebore leaf spot has a hold.
This is in its second flush of flowering, it’s a common border plant but I just don’t know its name. It sprawls down a low wall. Can someone put me out of my misery?
Apologies for the bright blue background. I was using a plastic trug to collect any spilt compost as I potted up these tulips. This year was the first time I have ever lifted and stored tulips. These were grown in a pot, stored in the shed over summer and I have just spotted that they had begun to sprout. Quick action required: out of shed and into pots immediately. Last year I used compost, this year it’s a mix of grit and compost. This year’s new tulips for the borders will be planted out in the coming weeks.
The mulch has arrived. Mulched borders are so lovely. It’s like mowing and edging the grass. Suddenly the garden looks tidier and healthier. Some of this mulch is for the newly dug out border and the rest will gradually go to the other borders and the veg patch.
Speaking of vegetables, here is my last productive strip in the veg patch. The parsnips. I grew Tender and True, sown in May. The weather is telling me that it is parsnip time and I’m looking forward to pulling up and roasting some of these soon.
I hope the weather is good to you and that there is some time, no matter how brief, for you to enjoy your garden this weekend. Thanks to The Propagator for hosting the wonderful Six on Saturday. Read his blog posts and all the other Six on Saturday posts from around the world at The Propagator my plant obsession