This morning, as I pondered on life, the world and the universe whilst pouring orange juice over my shredded wheat, I realised that I have been absent from the Six on Saturday gang for longer than I had previously realised. Blogging, along with a few other activities, has enjoyed a bit of a break as I determined to catch up on a backlog of other things. Having un-backed my log, I am doubling up as the proverbial bad penny and poking my head above the parapet again whilst trying to extract my tail from its adhesion between my legs.
Here, in sunny South Wales where, briefly, the locality achieved the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK in February one morning, it’s generally been a glorious month. But now, it looks like getting back to normal with the usual assortment of March weather in which precipitation will be a little on the high side, along with the resultant procrastination when it comes to venturing forth into the garden. Still I have waterproofs! And I and my neighbours would freely acknowledge the achievement of Kew in beating our morning temperature record at lunchtime that day. Harrumph!
So here’s my six for today which, I hope, will be just a little different to all the other sixes on offer, to which you will find links over at the blog of our illustrious (and industrious) leader, Mr Propagator.
Eh, I said I’d be different and daffs will no doubt crop up all over the place so I’m giving you daffs? Ah, daffs with a difference. I have lots of yellow daffodils planted all around the garden. After all, this is Wales! But for some reason I have a dearth. Only one tiny miniature daff from my large “stock” has bothered to appear; the rest haven’t even poked their heads above ground (I hope to add “yet” to that at some point but am not confident). For a bit of variety, though, I planted a quantity of white miniature narcissi in Edifice 1. They’ve all come up. Different!
Again, continuing on the theme of different, I present you my near black “Mystic Midnight” ones. Planted as a change from the more normal pink and blue hyacinths I have around the place. Yup, different!
I checked Jim’s blog first and breathed a sigh of relief that he hasn’t put any in his six today. My three young winter-flowerers didn’t really produce anything apart from one tiny flower but then I wasn’t expecting them to yet. They’re growing strongly so I look forward to next Christmas.
Meanwhile old faithful, var unk as Mr Prop would say, has kicked off its season. And there are a lot more buds showing promise than in any previous year. So I’m expecting a brilliant display this year and have made sure that it understands my expectation.
I have a variety of varieties of these. Some named varieties and others which are var unk, some grown from scattered seed others acquired from various places. The nigers, which started flowering before Christmas, are still going strong. “Anna’s Red” was featured in my last six, back in January and she’s even better today. Most of the rest normally don’t flower until late March but, perhaps fooled by the February weather, have woken up early. So here’s a selection of those.
Remember Ed 3? I started building back in October and it’s still not finished. I pondered (sans orange-juiced shredded wheat) whilst chewing through a few packs of Haribo, on how things would look eventually and decided more was needed. I then realised I had a major surplus of Haribo and dealt with that problem with some more pondering as to what that more should be. The “more bits” arrived this week.
I’ll need to flatten that roll of “fencing” first so will lay it out on the back lawn and peg it down for a week or so. Then I can get it up on the fence along with the vertical planters – if Ed3 was fully assembled, this would be difficult as there’d be nowhere to put the necessary ladder – and then finish patient Ed.
Meanwhile, I got on with putting two mini-Eds together.
Now I just need to tart up a bit around the minis and do some turfing to improve the lawn. But that comes later…….
6 Iris, or Not
Ed2 isn’t hanging around waiting for his sibling to complete his birth and the alpine areas are forging ahead nicely. At one time, these two alpines were irises. Now one is and one isn’t. But they still look nice. You can hopefully work out which is which from the labels.
There we go. Time to get a bit of outside things done before the rain and wind that’s due to arrive in an hour or two. I hope to be back next week and even have a few mid-week posts coming along to bore everyone with.
Until we meet again, enjoy your gardens.