Pink And Yellow Blooms In My Hampshire Garden For This Week’s #SixOnSaturday #GardenTwitter

Several warm sunny days, some overnight frosts and a downpour of ‘blood rain’ on Wednesday. Spanish storms brought red sand from the African Sahara to southern parts of the UK. The rain water has been pooling in the cover of the outdoor seating, so I’ve been collecting it to water seedlings and dry areas of the garden. My sandy heathland soil drains very quickly, which I am learning to keep an eye on. The queen bumble bees are emerging; big and lumbering, I chased several around the garden for photos, but I only managed a couple of poor quality ones. I also spotted my first honey bee of the year on my Polyanthus.

Let’s get started with some cheery Forsythia which surprised me when I was pottering in a corner of the front garden. I had forgotten it was there as much of the time it is just a mass of green foliage.

Next to the Forsythia, the flowering current is coming into bloom. I had only ever grown up with fruiting varieties, so when we inherited this one, I waited for the fruit 🥴 We had another one in the back, but it died; I may have over-pruned it 😗

I’m still in the front garden for some lovely pink Hyacinths; all sorts of coloured ones are waving hello.

In the back garden I have a yellow/ cream Hyacinth popping up. Sorry about the out of focus photo; the usual camera user issues are to blame 🙄

Fifth spot goes to some cheeky purple dead nettle (I think) which is squeezing itself behind the new cold frame; not sure where it came from, but I bet the plant fairies know!

Last spot goes to the some early everlasting geraniums (I think) which are just coming into flower. We brought these with us from the last house. They began in a pot, but they are spilling out and heading for open ground. I shall have to curtail them if they get too aggressive 😠

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening


P.S. Gardens to visit: My author friend Barb Taub recently visited Harewood House Gardens and The Studley Royal Water Garden at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire. Her blog post has some lovely photos, you can see them by clicking the link here.

I have decided to add some links for you of others taking part in this #SixOnSaturdayChallenge I shall add more throughout the day. I enjoy reading about other people’s gardens and wanted to share more with you.

  1. Pádraig wants advice on the Robin that visits his garden.
  2. Mr Propagator, the man with all the links by the end of the day, is fixing the pump for his rain collection tank.
  3. Andrew’s tortoise has come out of hibernation and he shows us his Corydalis seedlings.
  4. In Canada, it is still quite snowy, but Chris has seen his first honey bees.
  5. Fred’s garden in northern France is always a delight.
  6. Graeme is trying to think of slugs and snails not as pests, but it is hard!
  7. London gardener N20 talks about the worm moon and has an impressive flower Magnolia.
  8. Keith has a lovely speckled double Hellebore to show you.
  9. Jim’s south east Cornwall garden is home to Camellia, Muscari and Magnolia this week.
  10. Hortus has Camellia and Daffodils in abundance.
  11. Hey Jude shows us her Snake’s Head Fritilliaries in her Cornish garden.
  12. Adrian has anemones, a yellow Rhododendron and a stunning Chaenomeles hedge.
  13. Tony gardens in California.
  14. The Quilted gardener has a great set of photos this week.
  15. Eileen’s Welsh garden is showing lots of signs of Spring.
  16. Louise from My Secret Garden has some flower related crafts.
  17. Noelle has some tips on which plants you can and cannot sell on.
  18. Thistles And Kiwis gardens in Wellington, New Zealand, where Autumn is around the corner.
  19. Cathy gardens in France
  20. Alison has some very pretty Spring flowers

27 thoughts on “Pink And Yellow Blooms In My Hampshire Garden For This Week’s #SixOnSaturday #GardenTwitter

  1. Forsythia is amazing. I still remember the first time I saw it: I grew up in Mexico, finished college in Seattle, did my graduate work in Wisconsin, and then we moved to Maryland for our first job, in the dead of winter. One morning when I was going to work, the hillside opposite our apartment complex went from dull green bushes to a fireworks-display of that unbelievable yellow – overnight. All of it. I had never lived on the East Coast of the US – so I’d never seen it happen.

    I still have a sprig of the stuff in my bathroom now that I’m back in California – artificial, of course, but just as yellow – and it reminds me of that first time, and of how our home in New Jersey did that every year for the 37 years we lived there. We planted the whole back fence.

    It was that sudden. That started in 1978.

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  2. I too haven’t heard the term blood rain, but can see the effect on the top of the car. Just think of the nutrients that come with this, I read that the Amazon forest benefits from the mineral rains coming over from Africa. You could always try a cutting of the flowering currant from your front garden to place in the back should you like the variety.

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  3. Come to think of it the roof of my car was very sandy the other day. Thanks for the explanation. The forsythia is a show and I’m looking forward to seeing the open blooms of the flowering currant – my neighbours have one that is is bud and I always admire it a little enviously.

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  4. In some parts of mainland Spain (and in the Canary Islands) the dust storm was quite incredible, with unbelievable images of snowed mountains covered in sand. Here we didn’t get much of it. Spring has arrived in your garden, Rosie. Thanks for sharing the pics. Gorgeous!

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  5. Forsythia and flowering currants take me back to the 1980s when most front gardens had these shrubs in them. I detest the smell of the currants (cat pee) and the fact that both shrubs are pretty boring most of the year. But then a lot of shrubs are like that. Oh, and thank you for the link.

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  6. So kind of you to link to so many other SOSers. That’s an achievement and very helpful as I couldn’t find the The Quilted Gardener this week! It is lovely to see the Spring colour in your garden – even the dead nettle?!

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  7. Wow epic post! ❤ It's great to see so many gardeners up to good things! Love your forsythia and dear little well travelled geranium! I have never heard of blood rain, we probably call it something different when we get it here! Much love (PS. internet is back again yay! xx

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  8. Wow epic post! ❤ It's great to see so many gardeners up to good things! Love your forsythia and dear little well travelled geranium! I have never heard of blood rain, we probably call it something different when we get it here! Much love (PS. internet is back again yay!) xx


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