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