Here we are again, happy as can be! Well we would be if the b****y rain would stop. It did stop here on Thursday and most of yesterday but the lawn was still too squelchy to risk walking on and borders were still too wet do do anything decent with. But I can reach a lot from paths so I took advantage of the dry spell to catch up with some of what needed to be caught up with – simple tidying up. And, of course, I gave thought to my Saturday six-pack and so, without further ado, here is my tidy six.
This is the season of the flowering currants. This one is Ribes Edward VII (it may be Ribes King Edward VII, the king fella being the only Edward VII of sufficient note in history to have a currant named after him). It sits, in all its lusciously deep pink glory behind a Pieris something or other. The two of them clash beautifully. I don’t do subtle colour combinations.
This is another Ribes, variety unknown, which is a paler pink. It sits where it sits, amongst an oasis of greenery in the shrubbery where it doesn’t clash with anything. But that lack of clashing doesn’t matter as I can’t see it unless I walk along the path in my woodland area. I did that this week as I decided to hack back an overgrown Epimedium. I may have destroyed aforementioned Epimedium or, at least, stopped it flowering this year. Not to worry. Until my HPS group had a talk from an Epimedium expert last year, I’d forgotten all about it as I rarely walk that path.
2 Iris Foetedissima
As I walked the walk on the way to my Epimedium hacking session, pausing to admire the beauty of the hidden Ribes, I noticed that the Iris Foetidissima were still carrying a lot of berries which were still nice and orangey-red. So I’ll give them a mention for endurance.
I will be walking that path again soon as the Iris have spread and I think two square metres of stinking stuff is a bit much so more repelling of invaders will be necessary. I also found a bowl-less stone bird bath that I’d forgotten about completely. Which explains why I have a stone bird bath bowl languishing behind the shed.
3 Prunus Nipponica Ruby Dwarf
One of those shrubs which flower before the leaves get going. This is a dwarf variety of the variety. Left to its own devices the variety can hit 5 metres tall which, given where it’s planted, would be a bit of a pain in the whatevers. But this sub-variety can be kept small with pruning. So I shall prune the Prunus at about 2 metres and keep it that way. “Prune the Prunus”? There may be a dance there. Or a song for Gill Heavens to create during her next singing lesson with Nancy Nightingale.
4 Prunus Kojo-no-Mai
Another of those shrubs which flower before the leaves get going. And another potential biggy. But another shrub that can be kept in check. This is getting to the maximum size I want it to get to so I’ll start pruning it this year.
5 Pond Mess
I featured the taddies last week. About half of the spawn has now hatched – the mass of black wriggleness has grown – but there’s still a way to go. The little blighters haven’t yet broken ranks and ventured out into the wider pond though they’re frothing at the mouth with anticipation. But all of a sudden, they have been encapsulated by invading grass. I know the pond is overdue for a tidy-up but I’ve been otherwise engaged. On the one hand I don’t want to be invading the nursery but, on the other, I think this grass is holding them in. So I will wait for the next rainy day (hey, that’s today) and then gently venture into the water for a clear-out. I will do this on a rainy day as I’ll be wet from the rain so if I miss my footing and accidentally end up off the planting shelf, it won’t make any difference to my wetness.
6 A Web Site
It’s a while since I offered a web site as part of my six but, at this time of the year, I think today’s offering may prove helpful. I was surprised that our hyperactive leader hadn’t heard of it before I suggested it to him. Now I suggest it to you all. Maybe, like Lora, you’re in a new garden and wondering what those seedlings popping up are. Nice plants? Weeds? Cannabis? We all have to decide whether that little baby in our border is a seedling of a plant we’d love to propagate or the start of this year’s world takeover bid by Himalayan Balsam.
Nip over to The Seed Site (click the image below):
Now apart from a wealth of information about all things seedy, head for the Seedling Images pages where there are over 700 photographs of tiny little seedlings (don’t panic, they are organised into easy-to-navigate groupings) including a page of weeds. That’s you lot taken care of for a few days I guess.
I was a bit surprised that no-one picked me op on my Frutex bononiensibus last week. I may post a photo of my harvest next week if I can’t find something more interesting.
Still, we SoSers must lavish praise on our glorious leader, Mr Propagator, whose blog is now branching out into all sorts of interesting areas as the Duracell bunny (as he calls himself) bodges, contrives, creates and probably drives his family crazy. If you pop over to his blog, you will find his Six post of the day, at the end of which, in the many and varied comments, you will find a selection of links to other SoS contributions from across the length and longth of this country and, indeed, the whole wide, and slightly eliptical, world. You will also find a handy index of his other posts about bodging, contriving and creating just about anything known to the gardening world.
Meanwhile I will look forward in great hope to a period of trouble-free computing for a week or so whilst my new keyboard beds in during the rainy spells and whilst I wait for the eagerly anticipated release of Microsoft’s next update to Windoze 10 which will probably shaft my computer again. I may have time to do something in my garden.
And I hope you enjoy yours.