🌺Marching Through The Month. Spring Flowers In My Hampshire Garden For #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardeningMakesMeHappy

After missing last Saturday (snowy weather that pressed pause in my garden) we are back with more of a seasonal selection of flowers.

Looking around this week, the daffodils are making up for lost time and the recent rains have spruced the ground up making everything look a lot healthier.

The first photo is of ‘new to this garden,’ Tête á Tête. I have been waiting patiently for them to appear and then these popped up when I wasn’t looking!

Second photo goes to this lovely purple Hellebore. Of course all the flowers are facing down and impossible to photograph without a little handy help!

Third photo is one of several emerging Hyacinths.

Fourth photo is of some mauve Polyanthus, I always think that these are from a cross breed of Primroses and Polyanthus as they all grow together, but I’m not sure.

Fifth photo is of the more common Daffodil. Mine are quite late this year, compared to other gardens.

Sixth picture goes to the Camellia which is now full of blooms.

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.

Happy gardening


💐More Spring Flowers From My Hampshire Garden For #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardeningMakesMeHappy

A chilly end to this week’s temperature brings a cold blast as February takes its leave. I have been planting more seeds and am running out of room in the conservatory, but I can’t help myself, I feel like a gardening addict!

However, the plants have not taken too much notice of the cold spell and are brightening up the garden. I am quite excited about the amount of colour that is dotted around.

Photo one shows some of the bright yellow Crocus that are popping up. In the second photo we have some mauve Polyanthus and in the third photo the Forsythia is just starting to flower in its quiet corner of the front garden.

These next three types of flower have all been featured in other weeks but these are all ‘different’ blooms. A lovely dark purple Crocus, more flowers on the Camellia and another gorgeous blue dwarf Iris.

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.

Happy gardening


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.

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