Six on Saturday: Ready, steady, go!

Life became busy last week and the balance tipped away from things gardening focused.  These times come along and all will pass – soon I hope!  It was good to feel the warmth of the sun again but the sunny days were followed by cold nights and the greenhouse temperatures were down to -1.  The garden is straining at the leash, the March surge is coming and I still have winter jobs to do.



The grapevine over the pergola must be pruned this weekend.  It’s a job I normally do in November.  What was I doing then? Or in December or January?



The tulips and bluebells are coming through well.  I spotted this bulb strangely lying on the surface.  I bent to pick it up, cursing squirrels, but no.  It was well rooted into the ground.  I don’t have an explanation.  Could it be an allium bulb that didn’t get planted deeply enough and has wriggled its way upwards?  I decided to bury it rather than dig it up and plant it deeper as I didn’t have the time to sort it out.  Maybe a job for the weekend.


The onion sets are in their modules in the greenhouse.  I am hoping to have the time to plant the shallots out this weekend.  That ‘to do’ list is getting longer.



The garden doesn’t have a single crocus or iris reticulata in it, something to be rectified in the next bulb buying session but the primroses look cheerful enough for now.



And the first flowers of pulmonaria officinalis planted in a north facing border are coming out.  It’s also good to see their spotted leaves.  The common pulmonaria doesn’t seem to fall prey to attack by slugs.



The lovely leaves of aquilegia are unfurling.

I have some final preparation of a bed on the north facing border to finish off ready for the March plant out.  Plants have to be ordered and I know I will be tempted to add in a few extras for elsewhere in the garden.  I’m getting ready but need to be steady for a while longer before it’s all go in March.

I hope your garden preparations are going well.  Mr P is, as usual, hosting this group and all the links to gardens around the world can be found on his site.





27 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Ready, steady, go!

  1. The new leaves of aquilegia are rather pleasing. I noticed a few in the garden this afternoon. I think the native primrose is my favourite of all the primulas.

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  2. I hope you post about the mystery bulb. It looks most intriguing. I am interested in what you said about Allium bulbs. My Alliums always fall over. Is this because I didn’t plant them deeply enough?

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    • I looked up planting depth and advice is to plant deep, guide is at least two times height of bulb or four times the diameter. Could it be watering? Mine come through quite early in the year when there is generally enough rainfall.

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      • Mine have colonised and I’ve just left them to do their thing. I suspect they’re not deep enough, so this winter, I’ll dig them up and replant. It’s worth a try!

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  3. Nice to see the new aquilegia leaves covered with raindrops… it’s one of my best places to take closeups ( with euphorbias and lupins)
    About the grape vine, hurry up… it’s still time if I look at the pic. Do it before the new buds appear. ( I always prune mine in January)

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  4. Why are onions in modules rather than planted directly? Once they root, what happens to them? Do they all get planted near the surface for big onions, or can you still plant them deep for green onions?


    • Booker T and the MGs came to mind! So planting deep is how you get green onions. More knowledge gained. I usually plant directly but am trying modules this year, suggestion is that getting them going early in modules gives them a ahead start ready to be planted out when soil warms up. They are planted out as plugs near the surface. Hoping to see big onions.

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      • Oh duh; of course. I do not consider early planting much.
        Why Booker T. Washington? I do not know much about him, but I really wanted to go to his former home in Tuskeegee to inspect and catalogue the trees before landscape was renovated. It is the same historic home that Lionel Ritchie grew up in. His sister still owns the home. My colleague Brent landscaped Mr. Ritchie’s home in Beverly Hills (in the Los Angeles Region of Southern California), so Mr. Ritchie sent him to Tuskeegee to renovate the landscape properly for the historic home. However, Brent found that he did not need my assistance with the trees.

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      • Okay, I had to look that one up.
        I intend to get to Tuskegee. It just has not happened yet. The home of George Washington Carver is in the same neighborhood, although it is not a home where I would be working.


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