Six On Saturday: It’s getting better

The garden has been surging forward in this last week of sunshine. But hold on, there is cold weather to come. April can be a cruel month. Even so, gardeners are getting busy and anticipation is high. Here’s six from this week’s garden.

One

The thalia have arrived, my favourites. But no sooner do they open out then the slugs slither up the stems and nibble the flowers. Sad, but I have learnt to shrug my shoulders, sigh and move on.

Two

I am showing the muscari again! I had some left overs in pots, awaiting an opening in the garden. I have now put them into a shadier border and the colour looked so strong in the shadows. I’ll get away with it this year because they benefited from the warmth of a sunny corner before I planted them out. Next year I might find that this spot is just too shady for them.

Three

The perennials are really bulking up and the lovely leaves of thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ look great. The dark stems are already quite striking. These are in a shady spot too and do very well.

Four

The seed potatoes are chitting away but back in February I planted up three or four in an old compost bag and left them in the greenhouse. The top shoots have just come through so another layer of compost will be added. I might have some early new potatoes in April.

Five

The tomato seeds sown in early March have been potted on. These are destined for the greenhouse. For the moment they are in the spare bedroom.

Six

The pergola project is moving forward with very little sucking in of breath! There is a possibility it will be done next week. In anticipation of a smart new pergola, a smart new garden table was purchased. The old pergola is doing a good impersonation of being a solid structure, but the truth is hidden. All four support legs are rotting away. Now I am anticipating the sunny months to come. In my dreams I also see a trachycapus fortunei swaying in the breeze. Does anyone have experience of growing those in pots?

I am, as always, delighted to compliment The Propagator on his dedication to SOS. All the links to this joyful meme will be found there. Wishing everyone a great gardening weekend.

22 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: It’s getting better

  1. Hi, I was congratulating Jude on her yellow & blue mix , which are really the colours of spring: you too on #2.
    Nice N. Thalia : I see that from one person to another, we don’t have quite the same colours. Mine are not perfectly white and have a slight cream colour. Maybe I’ll show them next week.
    Potted Trachy :I kept it for years and it survived very well, although it didn’t grow much until I planted it in the ground. You can buy a nice and quite tall specimen already of a reasonable price, with good soil and regular fertilizer you can keep it for years.( But you can also plant it in a corner…)

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  2. Great news re the pergola, I can imagine summer evenings at that table, lovely. I’ve got Thalia at the allotment, no slugs on it yet but they did nibble all the flowers of my Tete a tetes here. I will need to practise shrugging, like Off The Edge…Btw great planning ahead with the potatoes, I will have to try that next February, it will be lovely to enjoy homegrown new potatoes next month!

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  3. Great table ( I have the same one!). Thalia not out here yet, but I think it’s my favourite too. Do your thalictrum suffer from a greyish powdery deposit particularly on the stems? Mine do and I’m not sure whether it is fungal or insects.

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  4. Grape hyacinth are still rad. Those look more vigorous and bigger than my common sort. The white sort that I just got from Tangly Cottage continue to bloom without soil. They are wrapped in damp paper for now.

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    • Thalia return here but in diminishing numbers here. And it is so difficult to top them up without disturbing remaining bulbs. This year I had some in pots that I have dropped in where the gaps have appeared. I will probably do this again.

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