A drop of rain was as welcome as the flowers in May. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #mygarden 🌺🌞🌼

Wednesday gave us a small drop of rain to quench the thirsty plants and ground. I had buckets and bowls out to save as much as I could. I have also stopped using the dishwasher for a while and am saving all the grey water for the garden. Now, on to this week’s gardening six.

First photo goes to a stunning new-to-me Dahlia with the wonderful name of ‘Sunshine’. I planted up my dahlia’s a bit too soon and they enjoyed the warmth in my conservatory, hence some early flowering. Now to keep the slugs and snails away from them.

Second photo is of the Rock roses, the pink ones are now blooming, the earlier white ones can be seen in the background.

Third photo is of the Spiraea. Not a plant I knew the name of before this week. I saw it in a background shot on Granny’s blog post last week and remembered that I had one. When I checked, it was flowering.

Fourth photo goes to the Ox-eye daisy which is just coming into bloom. This is new to my garden this year.

Another new ‘wild plant’ is this Jacob’s Ladder. Both this and the Ox-eye are part of my wild plant project.

Last photo goes to another dahlia, one I can’t find the name of. I bought it last year in a collection from Sarah Raven, but I threw away all the details and can’t quite find a match on her website.

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



  1. Emma http://thepinkshed.co.uk/
  2. Notes from the under-gardener.
  3. Welsh poppy success for Graeme.
  4. Colours are bursting in Ontario.
  5. Rhubarb and sparrows in Ireland.
  6. Celebrating 5 years of SOS with Mr P.
  7. Plug plant chat with Noelle.
  8. Adrian’s got a great display of Rhododendrons.
  9. Check out all the wonderful plants in Jim’s garden.
  10. It’s Autumn in Jane’s garden.

In the pleasant month of May. Pictures from my Hampshire garden. #SixonSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardenTwitter 👒🌺🌼

Cool dry days, a sprinkle of rain and the promise of a warm weekend. That sums up my week.

Photo one is a plea for plant identity. This plant we inherited with the garden. It grows profusely in long branches with single leaves along each branch. The small flowers are pink with a fluffy texture, but I don’t know it’s name. Below are two photos of this plant, one has some recent frost damage to the leaves. Any thoughts on a name would be welcome

Photo two is of the tiny flowers on my variegated Tradiscantia.

The third photo goes to my swarm box. My dad keeps bees and if we get a swarm I shall have my own bee hive. The swarm box has some frames with wax in and I have instructions that if I spot a swarm in a nearby tree, I have to get the open box perched as close to the swarm, offering them a fully furnished empty residence which is immediately available for them to move into. No paperwork needed!🤔 My preferred method would be that a passing scout bee spots my empty box and gives the rest of the swarm the heads up and I don’t have to do anything.🐝

Next photo is of the variegated Weigela which is coming into flower.

Fifth photo is the Aquilegia or Columbines which are just starting to flower. Most of mine have naturalised to the purple variety.

Final photo is for the first flowers on my Marigold seedlings which I saved from last summer.

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



  1. Mr P’s post for you to add you links to if you are joining in with this.
  2. In Ireland Pádraig’s got some chemical free tips on weeds for you.(Just mind your toes!)
  3. The Undergardener has a tip for growing Lily-of-the-Valley.
  4. The Rogue gardener has been having rain that some of us are craving for our gardens.
  5. Graeme has a lovely candy stripe Phlox.
  6. Tony is talking about plants that naturalise.
  7. Noelle is saving her grey water for the garden. I do this too.
  8. Off The Hedge gardening has some great flowers this week.
  9. On a side idea, Eileen is talking about May 12th’s Mass Observation project.
  10. Lots to report back on from Waddesdon Manor.

Butch Ginger And The Sundance Kids #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardenTwitter 🌞🌺🌼

Brrr! It’s freezing once more. Think of me sat watching my son play cricket this afternoon. I’ll be the one in gloves, coat and a blanket.

First photo goes to a plant that Fred (I think it was Fred) inspired me to try; Butch, my ginger plant. Back on February 8th I planted a ginger root and waited and waited and waited (while keeping it moist under a plastic bag). Then quite recently a green shoot appeared and now it’s growing at a speedy rate. When will I know when to harvest it?

Photo two is some Alium, they are a funny plant, they throw out lots of foliage for a long time ahead of the flowers. Most of the under-gardeners here don’t like them, but when they do flower, they are quite pretty.

Third photo goes to the first flowers on this Weigela. Last year it flowered profusely. It also grows well and it is tempting to prune it hard each year, but I have found that it needs a year of free growth for it to flower the following Spring.

Next is a pot of Lobularia. These were five plug plants bought from Sarah Raven last year, they survived the winter and look to be growing once more. They kept some of the flowers all through the winter. I love the honey fragrance that they give off.

A bit of fun with my sunflower kids. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the #SunflowerChallenge2022. Last week I planted some of my tallest sunflowers out as they were looking peaky. It was a gamble with the forecast and I have them wrapped at night with a fleece, but they have greened up. The fence that they will grow up was boring, so I got out some paints to give the plants some growing inspiration.

Final photo is of the flourishing rock roses, only the white ones are out at the moment, I have pink ones ready to burst into bloom soon. Perhaps like me they are waiting for the sun to return.

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



  1. Yesterday Pádraig wrote a poem to celebrate his garden for National Poetry Day.
  2. Mr Propagator’s post for April 30th
  3. Check out the Honesty from Graeme’s garden.
  4. Fred’s posts are always interesting.
  5. Check out Chris’ Ontario garden here.
  6. Should Pádraig worry that he missed out on Twitter?
  7. More updates from Waddesdon Manor on Louise’s post.
  8. Granny’s lovely Clematis.
  9. There all sorts flowering in Jim’s garden.
  10. Check out David’s Peony Tulip.

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.

Happy gardening



  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.

What’s Flowering In My Garden This Easter? #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter 🌻🌷🌺

Happy Easter! We have a few warm days this weekend to get us all outside.

First photo shows my sunflower seedlings. This was taken after I read (on twitter) about the #SunflowerChallenge2022 It is being run from April 1st to September 30th. There are 30 categories and lots of prizes, but more importantly it is about having fun. I have several varieties all under way. 🌻

Second photo goes to this lovely Iris. I was given these two years ago. Last year they didn’t flower, so I dried them out and re-potted them. It looks like I will get another flower from the group soon. I don’t know the variety, but they seem to be very late flowering.

Third photo goes to the first flower from my Red Campion which is part of my wild flowers for pollinators scheme. 🐝

Next photo is of the dark pink Tulips which are coming into flower. Such a lovely shade of colour.

Fifth photo is this blue Hydrangea, which I secretly bought this week. It’s my husband’s birthday 🎁 this weekend and guess what he’s getting? Just what he always wanted! 👇

Last photo goes to my onion sets which I planted out this week. I actually remembered to log on for #GardensHour (Twitter: Mondays 9-10pm GMT) where this was first posted. I met another great bunch of gardeners via the hashtag.

Club cricket season starts here this weekend, with a friendly match for my son’s home team, so Saturday’s will now be a little busier for a few months.

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



  1. Pádraig has very important information for those about to plant their cucumbers.
  2. Lots going on in Rogue’s garden.
  3. It’s Splish Splash in Chris’ Ontario graden
  4. Plenty of colour in Mr P’s garden this week.
  5. Tip-toe through Graeme’s Tulip, if you dare!
  6. Fred’s got more plants to inspire us all.
  7. Easter is in Autumn in NZ, but Thistles And Kiwis has Camellia in flower.
  8. Sel has an Ajuga which the slugs don’t eat.
  9. The Quilted gardener has a lovely Maurandya.
  10. Granny’s Clematis is flowering.

Popping With Spring Blooms #SixOnSaturday #GardenTwitter

The first full week in April has thrown all sorts of weather at us here in Hampshire. At times it has felt like a gauntlet run just to get down to the bottom of the garden.

Now a quick public service message: Yesterday I found out that WordPress are making lots of price changes to their blog plans. I currently use the free WordPress, but I am conscious of how much media space I use weekly in posts, which they want to cap. It’s not the only thing to be aware of. It’s worth reading BookerTalk’s post about it all here.

Back to the Six. Last week I was very pleased when I discovered the name of one of my plants, that we inherited with the garden, after seeing it featured on Graeme’s post. Viburnum carlesii, Korean Spice or Arrowwood. Mine is just coming into bloom. It has a lovely fragrance.

Second photo goes to the Heart’s Tongue Fern which is beginning its new growth. This one is in a shady patch otherwise I don’t think it would like my sandy heath land soil.

Third photo goes to my Tulips, yellow with some orange stripes. Not sure of the variety.

My fourth photo is of a plant rescued from a skip this week. It looks like an Elephant Foot Yucca. My husband arrived home with it on Monday. I gave it a hair cut to removed the dead leaves. Next job is to investigate repotting it.

Photo five is of a cheeky Kerria Japonica Plentiflora, which is trying to invade from next door’s garden. We had the same invasion tactics from this plant at our last house.

Last photo goes to the white bluebells. I always thought that they were domestic flowers rather than wild ones like their blue cousins. However, I defer to the experts for the answer to this.

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


I shall scatter a few links to other gardening posts below:

  1. Mr P’s post for the week
  2. It’s autumn in Sarah’s Australian garden.
  3. Pádraig’s got a bit of a sing-song going on.
  4. Graeme’s got Tulips out.
  5. Check out Fred’s Abies Pinsapo
  6. More news form My Secret Garden’s internship.
  7. Autumn is drawing in in New Zealand gardens.
  8. Doc’s creeping Jenny and the Heucherella look great.
  9. Granny’s wild garlic is going wild!

Oh To Be In England Now That April Has Arrived. #SixOnSaturday #GardenTwitter

In true English weather style, we have plummeted from the dizzy double digit heights and sunny days to single numbers, cold easterly (Siberian maybe?) winds and sleety showers. Brrr! 🥶

In between the extreme weather conditions I darted outside for a few photos. Although I seem to have a brown theme going on with the photos this week. Very un-spring like.

Photo one – meet Phil doing his version of a yoga reverse down dog pose. This cheeky chappy thinks he (or she, I don’t know if it is a dog or vixen, but I think it is one of last year’s cubs) is our pet dog. Phil trots into our garden from next door’s unoccupied (soon to be occupied) plot; most days he has a snooze in the sun and a good mooch around the garden. If we are out there, he follows us around, sits close by and is inquisitive about what we are doing. He stole my gardening glove recently when I wasn’t looking and enjoyed my game of chase to get it back. He’s rarely afraid of us and is often half a pace behind me. We don’t feed him, we’re from farming families. The only time I gave him something was a dead rat that I’d recently caught. All he did was play with it for hours, throwing it about and playing a game of cat-and-rat with the magpies over who got the body.

It’s been an odd week, not just with the weather (although that’s been typically English.) I spotted these toadstools on the front lawn. Toadstools in March? 🤔 I’m not sure what these are, at first I thought of Woodland Blewit, but having poured over an old mushroom identity book I’m more inclined to think that they are Mycena Pura or Lilac Bonnet a radish smelling poisonous species. Although I’ve not been back for a sniff.

Third photo goes to the Blue bells that are budding up. These ones run along the bordering fence in a shady but sheltered spot. (A few weeks ago I mistook some budding Hyacinths for Bluebells – oops!)

The Lilac is almost out too. Lots of buds on last year’s growth. I am getting the hang of when to prune this now.

After pruning back the variegated laurel a few weeks ago, it is now flowering. Is this odd when it also has red berries?

Last photo goes to a pretty little Saxifraga which I bought when we were in B&Q getting some paint. I do enjoy rummaging around the plant section there, it’s usually reasonably priced. It’s in a pot with some of my solar lights. I don’t have a garden path for these lights to adorn, which is probably a good thing as they are rather bright and flashy, I wouldn’t want them to confuse the aircraft coming into land at the nearby airport.

The weekend’s job is the put together the new wheelbarrow that I got after a very heavy hint – for Mother’s day. What more could a happy gardener ask for?

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


Once more I shall add some links to fellow gardening posts. Starting with:

  1. Notes from the Under Gardener (Not an SOSer, but still a post that I enjoy each week)
  2. Pádraig had a mid-week snippet about the weather from Irish folklore: The Riabhach Days.
  3. Cathy has an end of month update on her garden. I love all the nooks and crannies for plants and seating.
  4. Lots going on in Pádraig’s garden.
  5. My P’s going to have a great Tulip display with all his pots.
  6. Fred has some pretty Wallflowers
  7. Really pleased to see Viburnum carlesii on Graeme’s blog, it gave me a name for a plant in my own garden.
  8. Men’s garden projects for TopDoc.
  9. Frosty pictures from Granny’s graden.
  10. Ronnie has lots of Wallflowers.
  11. Garden jobs and a new Pergola on N20’s plot.
  12. The Quilted gardener show us the fern wall.
  13. Pauline’s Fritillaria stole the show.
  14. Jim has news of a Spring garden show.
  15. Harebells and Maples has some hanging basket ideas.
  16. Off The Hedge has a mini sink to think about for a new project.
  17. Flower arch from Mom In the Garden.

There Are Always Flowers For Those Who Want To See Them. #SixOnSaturday #GardenTwitter

We have had some gloriously sunny days this week. The birds are nesting, the bees are buzzing and the flowers are blooming. All I want to do is spend time outside enjoying it all. Every time I hear a bee I’m chasing it to get a photo. I did manage to sit and watch a miner bee digging in the soil to make a nest, but it was up in the woods rather than in my garden. I posted a video of it on my Instagram page here.

First photo is of the Pulmonaria which has finally flowered. It is enjoying the warmer days.

Second photo is of the flowering currant. I did show it last week, but now the blossoms have opened.

Third photo is of the first Forget-Me-Nots just peeping out. A cheeky plant which will self seed everywhere if left to itself.

Next photo is of the tiny Quince bush, since we moved here it has taken me almost three years to discover what it was. An over enthusiastic pair of secateurs were much to blame, but it valiantly survived and produced fruit last autumn. I’m glad that it showed me what it was.

Fifth photo is of the Grape Hyacinths. A pretty little flower which does its own thing year after year.

Last photo goes to the first of this year’s Rock Roses (Montpellier cistus). I only just spotted this one. I grew them from seed; the first year they didn’t flower, but last year I had a wonderful display in various pastel colours. Great for pollinators.

I am now off to repaint the back porch while we have some sunny dry days.

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


Last week I chose to add a few links to others who take part in this meme. I enjoy reading the posts and learning all about plants and I thought you might like to see some of them too. I shall add a few more of last week’s posts here.

  1. Dana gardens in Ireland
  2. Sarah is from Birmingham, England.
  3. The Rogue gardener lives in South-West Oregon
  4. June is another British gardener.
  5. Granny’s Garden (Mr P’s Mother-in-law)
  6. Mr P’s post for this week
  7. I think the plant fairies have been planting in Fred’s garden.
  8. Eileen’s tiny Welsh garden
  9. Fab tulips on Doc’s blog.

Pleasing Pretty Primulas Adding Colour To My Garden #SixOnSaturday @cavershamjj

We’ve had some warmer days this week, ending with rain on Friday. Each day it seems that more colours are filling up the flower beds.

The Primulas are featuring this week; a mix of Primroses and Polyanthus for you with photos 1-4. The slugs seem to enjoy munching on the pink variety, so I was lucky to get some of my pictures.

Photo 5 is a very out of focus violet. I blame it on user error with the camera. There are more dotted around the garden which will quite happily spread unsupervised.

Photo 6. Onion sets in the cold frame appear to be doing well. A mix of red and white onions. Last year was my first year growing onions and I found them quite an easy plant to grow as long as they were kept weed free. We are still eating them now.

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


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