Six on Saturday: Limbering up

There have been the occasional forays out into the garden over winter but I have been mainly gardening from my armchair or computer.  That’s all about to change and it is important to make the right start.  It’s time to limber up, get those muscles going again and really importantly, stretch them out after your gardening session.  Take care of your back!  The warmer temperatures lured me into the garden and here is what I found.



It’s not all flowers and veg out there.  I uncovered this creature whilst turning over a pile of turf that had been left to rot down.  He was buried under the soil and he quickly pushed his way back down again. It reminded me that the wildlife have pretty much had the run of the garden over the winter and I need to go carefully as I start to make my presence felt.



The landscapers who laid the path left some free gifts.  I have two pieces of 6 x 2, which I am sure I will put to good use – or they can join the rest of my ‘might come in useful one day’ collection. I do have more immediate plans for these sections of re-enforcing  grid.  I’m going for the industrial chic look and will use them as supports for a climbing rose.  I will let you know how I get on.


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The hydrangea buds are bursting forth.  I think I’m pretty safe to cut back the old flower heads now, but I’m going to leave it another week – after I’ve seen what the next beast brings.



Sweet pea update:  Gwendoline is just coming through, Black Knight is about an inch high, Midnight Blue is definitely making a show but Anniversary is a non starter at the moment.  All were sown on 15 February.  My pot of autumn sown sweet peas need to be planted out but I’m trying to get hold of some hazel poles.  Request made, response awaited.



The mahonia in the front garden is about to shine forth.  The bees love it, the smell is great and it is one of the few yellows that I like in the garden.



By contrast, a yellow I’m not so fond of:  the forsythia.  I find it just a bit too much to take en masse.  But a few branches in a vase are a definite statement of spring.

For more news of spring explore The Propagator’s blog.  I spied a lovely tulip bud there.  Happy Gardening: In the UK it’s time to spring forward with the clocks!

33 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Limbering up

  1. A great post! Advice on taking care of your back came a little late for me as plunged back into lifting etc before remembering my back had got very used to chairs in the recent bad weather. I am a huge fan of metal grids just like yours and buy them to support sweetpeas and climbing beans. They last forever and I really like the way they look. Easy to move around too.

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  2. Gosh, you’ve had to be patient with those sweet peas! This is the first year ever I’m not growing any, and I’m missing them already. I completely agree with you about forsythia. Lovely in other people’s gardens, but too much for mine!

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    • Yes, they did take their time. I planted them just as the cold weather set in again! And the gh is not in the warmest of spots. Still I think even Anniversary is making a show now. Relief. Planting scheme would have to be rethought!

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  3. The general rule for planting sweet peas seeds here is that they be in by St Patrick’s Day (I haven’t done mine yet) so we’re planting them at more or less the same time. Isn’t that odd.

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  4. Yellow is one of those colours that strikes people differently. Some folk actually loathe it. I’m the reverse to yourself re mahonia & forsythia, but I think it’s the flower size, rather than colour. I wonder why your toad isn’t out courting?

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  5. Toads seem to lurk in the strangest places in the garden, don’t they! We found one in a plant trough before – gave Mum a heck of a fright when she picked it out, thinking it was a large stone lurking in the soil!
    They close a road nearby for the “annual toad migration” (otherwise they get run over trying to get back to the breeding pond each year), so we tend to get quite a few on the allotment after that point.

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  6. I love toads so great to see them in the garden, can’t beat yellow in the garden at this time of year, just brightens the garden up, excellent idea with the grid, I have used them in the past for growing peas up, clematis and indeed roses works really well👍👍

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  7. Goodness! You have a dinosaur infestation! That thing looks quite large.
    My forsythia is finishing bloom. I posted a picture of it earlier, just to show off. Yes, we do have them here. They are rare, but not unheard of.


  8. Great toad pic! Love how he’s blending in with the soil.
    I was going to cut off old hydrangea heads this weekend, but now you have made me think twice. Are we going to have to wait until after the Easter weekend to really get going in our gardens this year?

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    • I’ve just looked at forecast for London and it is greatly improved – rain not snow! So if I get a dry moment I think I will be cutting off the hydrangea heads this weekend. But I think I’m going to leave planting potatoes for another week…maybe! We are all teetering on the edge aren’t we.

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