Six On Saturday: From a foggy London town

Yes, after some beautiful frosty starts followed by sunny days this morning came with fog. It’s still lingering as I write so the six is a damp and fuzzy six. Here they are.

One

My itchy, twitchy fingers last week resulted in a purchase, of course. This is cornus alba ‘Sibirica’. I’ve ignored the warning that it is mildly suckering and gone for the crimson red stems. I need to get it in the ground but I have been a fair weather gardener of late and the cold afternoons have not tempted me into the garden.

Two

The snowdrops are just beginning to come through. There are no rare, expensive or exquisite varieties to show here, just the basic galanthus but always a delight to see, even though this one turned out to be a fuzzy photo!

Three

Strange to find the snowdrops flowering in the company of a rudbeckia but that is what is in my garden this weekend!

Four

The Euphorbia mellifera that came as a self seeder from some neighbouring garden is going great guns, and provides some evergreen structure. I was warned that this might outgrow its welcome and it is certainly demonstrating a fondness for its growing spot. We shall see.

Five

The hellebores continue to come through. This one is ‘Pretty Ellen’ white, looking rather subtle in its flower bud form.

Six

The last spot goes to sarcococca confusa. I have it in a pot at the moment but there may be a space opening up for it in the front garden where I might benefit more from its scent. The berries, flowers and leaves combine beautifully.

Here’s hoping Sunday sees me in the garden, I have a sense that there are a few jobs to be done. Sitting with the plant and seed catalogues will not do. The Prop may be out on another of his runs but still finds time to host this meme, for which many thanks are sent.

14 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: From a foggy London town

  1. Nice choice this cornus alba Sibirica! It will make a beautiful shrub with pretty colours in summer and winter. Concerning the euphorbia mellifera, mine is smaller but I will indeed watch it closely because it can tend to spread

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  2. Rudbeckia in January! Isn’t nature amazing? But then I did spot my first bumblebee yesterday. I got a bit excited by the buff-tailed bee, even though I recently read that they are now surviving and pollinating all year in some areas. Happy gardening.

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  3. It’s a good choice with the Cornus, I have the same in a pot soon to be put in the ground. It’s been well behaved in its pot anyway! Seeing the first snowdrops is always such an uplifting thing isn’t it. I also have the same Sarcococca and recently moved it to the front path but I have to admit I am not getting overwhelmed with any scent as I walk past.

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  4. I first came across Sarcococca in a garden I worked in and the scent was amazing. I finally planted one in my garden a few years ago and, so far, have been a bit underwhelmed. It didn’t even flower last year but it’s looking more hopeful for this year. Beautiful colouring in the Cornus stems.

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  5. Euphorbia mellifera was proliferating like a weed around here for several years, but is not suddenly gone. I have no idea what happened. I could probably find some if I went looking for it, but it is not nearly as common as it was while it was invading landscapes closer to town. It got established in unlandscaped areas, where no one tried to eradicate it, so it seems to have died out naturally.

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