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

Rosie

Links:

  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.

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

Rosie

Links:

  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.

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

Rosie

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.