Six On Saturday: Tales of woe and warming times

Oh yes the garden is warming up, which brings out the pests. The clematis cuttings in the greenhouse have been eaten. I thought I had de-slugged the greenhouse after giving it a good sweep out in preparation for the new growing season, but no. Of course they find a way to wreak havoc. Pests are munching through the borders too, a new campanula has been razed to the ground, snails are the culprits here I think. I need to be especially watchful of the three dahlias in the greenhouse which have just put up shoots. Every year I say I won’t grow food for slugs and snails but once again I’m a fool. End of tales of woe, time for six good things.


Thankfully the tulips are unscathed and there are new ones to enjoy this week. ‘Negrita’ has been joined by ‘Spring Green’ which is one of my favourites and seems to be pretty good at coming back.


Not so good on the re-appearing front is ‘Cairo’. I added in about twenty last year to coincide with the camassias. This year only two have appeared but I like the colour and the shape so I may well restock and have another go at building up a display.


The geranium phaeums have opened. This is a sign that the garden is beginning to fill up, no doubt providing lovely cover for slugs but I won’t go there again.


The first of the Germanica irises have opened, these are another Spring favourite, fleeting but such a great colour.


New in the border this year, these are polygonatum × hybridum, or Solomon’s Seal. I did quite a bit of research into varieties of polygonatum but when it came to making a purchase the most interesting were out of stock and so the ordinary ones came home with me. They are in a shady northish facing spot and I was persuaded by the suggestion that they were thuggish and would spread. I ignored the note that said may be attacked by slugs!


Trumpet fanfare for the last of the six. It’s apple blossom time and never have I had so much blossom on this apple tree. It’s a Braeburn on dwarf stock if I remember rightly. I inherited it from the previous owner who loved growing his own fruit. I have much to thank him for.

This week saw the planting out of the onion sets that I had started in the greenhouse and also the Pink Fir Apple potatoes. I’m holding back on sowing parsnip and carrot seeds as my soil still feels cold to the touch. Maybe the long weekend and the hint of higher temperatures will push me over the edge. The dead plants have gone and I’m looking for some hardy evergreens to replace the three pittosporums. The other spaces will be filled with some spare perennials for the moment. I’m moving the windowsill tomatoes down to the greenhouse this weekend. We have a bank holiday in the UK and the weather looks good. So it is with great joy I wish everyone Happy Gardening! I hope the weather is good wherever you are. Garden Ruminations is the place to go for more of the SOS gardens.

23 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: Tales of woe and warming times

  1. It seems that slugs and snails are no longer pests? This morning on the radio, they were saying that they were endangered and that they had to be counted and listed on an Internet site. However, the garden is full of slugs and I have to fight every day, so that’s a good sign for my soil. The camassia will not be long here either and obviously congratulations for these beautiful tulips with the sun.

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  2. Pigeons, snails or slugs – one or all of these are eating lots of plants this year and that makes them pests whatever the RHS thinks.
    On a brighter note it’s lovely to see the iris beginning to bloom. They are one of my favourite flowers.

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  3. If only someone would inform the local hedgehogs about the slugs then we’d all be happy. Sadly no hedgehogs here nor thrushes 😕 your blossom looks lovely and I am impressed with your geranium phaeum photo. I have a similar one, ‘Samobor’ I think, but it is impossible to get a decent photo and ‘Lily Lovell’ seems to have disappeared.


  4. We’re lucky to have a frog or two & a visiting hedgehog who keep the slugs under control. That wasn’t always the case so I know how disappointing it is to see precious plants decimated. I hope the Solomon’s Seal escapes, it’s a lovely plant.

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