🍃Here’s The Latest From My #Hampshire Garden For #SixOnSaturday January 28th Hosted by @JamesLStephens #GardeningTwitter #GardeningMakesMeHappy

January is a hard month to find exciting things growing in the northern hemisphere, but I have found six items for this week’s post.

January 28th

The first three photos.

Firstly, I have been trimming my variegated Tradiscantia which was getting leggy and looking shabby, so I have take lots of cuttings which I hope to grow into new plants.

Next photo is this lovely scented white Jasmine. A couple of weeks ago I showed it budding up and now the flowers are opening and it is giving off a delicate scent.

The third photo is of more cuttings which are beginning to grown roots. Here we have a jar with an African Violet leaf and an Echeveria leaf.

Next are small green shoots on two of the hydrangea cuttings that I took last autumn. I’ve had to bring them inside as they were getting too damp in the cold frame and were showing signs of mould.

The second photo is of the red Kalanchoe which is just coming into bud. Also known as flaming Katy, Christmas kalanchoe, florist kalanchoe and Madagascar widow’s-thrill. A tropical succulent, they are a perennial flowering plant from the Crassulaceae family.

Last photo goes to the Bluebells in the back garden which are starting to push through. It will be a while yet before they flower.

January 28th

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

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Green Grow The Lilacs – They Say! #SixOnSaturday From My Hampshire Garden #GardeningTwitter #GardenTwitter 🌺🌼🌷

With the warm weather continuing, the gardens are blooming here in Hampshire.

So let’s start with that Lilac mentioned in the title to kick us off with picture one.

Second photo goes to a quiet little plant which holds its own but doesn’t shout about it. The Ceanothus, also known as the California Lilac (my second lilac!), Buckbrush or Soap Bush.

Close to the Ceanothus, the Bluebells and Forget-me-nots are adding more blues and purples to the flower bed.

Moving around to some of my borders and the Lily-Of-The-Valley are just beginning to bloom. Such delicate bell shapes. Another plant that goes about its business in a quiet fashion.

Fifth photo goes to some Aubrietia (I think) which came in a mixed pack selection bought at B&Q a few weeks ago.

Final photo goes to a very showy Rembrandt Tulip, which I didn’t know I had, In fact it has been a good year for Tulips; more have flowered than in the past couple of years. I can’t stop looking at this; I imagine the brush strokes on the petals.

There we have it; a mix of the showy and the understated.

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.

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  1. Rogue gardeners Friday post about seedling successes and failures.
  2. Also Rogue’s Six On Saturday post here.
  3. This week’s six from Mr Propagator.
  4. A Bleeding Heart and a standard ceonothus feature in Graham’s six.
  5. Notes from the under-gardener.
  6. My secret garden.
  7. Top Doc’s place in SE America
  8. N20’s got self seeding Welsh poppies and lots of Tulips.
  9. Wild Berry has a lovely Bird Of Paradise plant.
  10. 10. Linda recommends Swiss Chard as easy to grown and lovely to eat.

Planting Flowers For The Pollinators #SixOnSaturday @cavershamjj

This week in my part of Hampshire we have had mild rainy days with some glimpses of the sun. The rain is welcome after a dry start to the year. Not a great lot to show you this week. Plants are showing signs of Spring growth, though, so it’s encouraging.

We have a lot of Bluebells in our garden which were here when we moved in. Many of them are spreading over the driveway, so last summer I relocated those in the gravel, although I see I missed quite a few which are again shooting through the stones. I was surprised this week to spot two bluebells coming into flower in the shady front garden bed.

Next photo is of the first of the wild flowers that I’m planting for the pollinators. Red Campion, I have split this into three since buying the one plant. They were growing fast in the new cold frames, so I have risked planting them in the new flower bed. I am hoping that wild flowers will be frost hardy.

Third photo is of the Ox-Eye Daisy, another one for the pollinators. I unsuccessfully attempted to grow one from a cutting last year. Fingers crossed this one enjoys its spot in the sun.

Fourth photo is of Bird’s-foot Trefoil, a yellow flower which I believe I confused with a weed previously, and pulled it up in past years.

Fifth photo is of Jacob’s Ladder. When I went to buy the Bird’s-Foot Trefoil, I got chatting to chap who was tending the wild flowers and he recommended it. This will have purple flowers.

Sixth photo required some limbo moves to capture as the Hellebores are all hanging down. However, I managed to grab this one of our ‘purple’ ones.

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