The first lingering frost arrived this week. A scraping the ice off the windscreen and frozen bird bath sort of frost. A ‘don’t walk on the grass frost’. But another of the bare stem roses arrived too. So I did walk on the grass in order the plant the rose. Here’s my six:
The frost came on a clear sunny day and as I was scanning the garden front and back for suitable greenery for the house I remembered that I have a rather large fir tree that sometimes deigns to drop a few fir cones. I gathered two and looked longingly up at the rest.
I periodically wail about the lack of shrubs in the garden but whenever I get the chance to put something into a newly cleared space I choose a rose. This week ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain’ arrived. I must thank the good folk at Ulting Wick garden in Essex who tweeted about this rose for a north facing situation. It’s a climber and I’m hoping it will romp away all over that brown fence of mine.
I just got my photo of the cotoneaster and the ivy into last week’s six in the nick of time. This week the berries have been stripped and the leaves have all gone. My festive offering for this week is holly. But no berries.
I still have a drop of colour in the garden. The hydrangea is turning down its bracts (I think I’ve got that right but please correct me if I’m wrong!) and showing off the pink undersides.
My neighbours’ viburnum are beginning to flower quite beautifully now. Ours has one single solitary flower head. All suggestions as to how get more will be gratefully received.
The buds on the rhododendron are forming. This is a very large specimen on the north facing border. The north facing border is the focus of my attention for 2019. Watch this space for indecision, digging and hopefully, developments.
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Some things on the gardener’s to do list are there for several weeks. My list has a few that have been hanging around for months. I am pleased and relieved to present the first of my Six on Saturday for this week. I have finally bought and planted out some onions.
Far from thoughtfully researching the most interesting, disease resistant and high yield bulbs I could find I simply bought what was in the nursery – radar, electric and jermor for the shallots. The wire mesh and freezer basket are in place to keep the birds off until the onions are fully rooted. I will leave these on for some months as I have learnt the lesson of taking them off too early.
Still on the to do list is cleaning the inside of the greenhouse. I promise you the outside did look wonderful about a month ago. The ghostly apparition seen here is the lemon tree. Having bought myself a min max thermometer – another one crossed off – I could not avoid seeing the inside temperature fall to zero. So I wrapped the lemon tree in 17gsm fleece. The top section has two layers of fleece and I have my fingers crossed. Underneath the fleece I have decorated the tree with sachets of Amblyseius californicus mite. These are a preventative control against spider mite. And washing down the inside will also go some way towards eradicating those pests.
The leaves of Pulmonaria officinalis are looking fine at the moment. This was a plant share and I am promised that the slugs avoid this one. It has really bulked up from the tiny divisions planted earlier in the year. You can also just spot a bit of new mulch. Mulching is not complete yet but a start has been made.
There is often a surprise to be found when looking for the six and this week it was finding a new flower on the hydrangea. What a contrast the white makes with the pink of the autumn colouring
Boxes of tulips arrived a while ago and planting up the borders has begun. These Violet Beauty are joining Queen of Night, Barcelona and Shirley to form a line either side a path that runs through the border. This border was first planted from about this time last year and it’s on the to do list to write up the story of its development. I will. I will.
There is one last shout of colour in the garden. The container pelargoniums are stubbornly hanging on. Cold weather is forecast for this weekend so its seems right to give them their five minutes of fame now.
Looking forward to seeing what’s going on in your garden. Thanks to The Propagator for hosting the wonderful Six on Saturday. Read his blog posts and all the other Six on Saturday posts from around the world at The Propagator my plant obsession
There are some lovely bonuses to this meme. Shared knowledge from around the world and the weekly deadline sends me out into the garden nosing around in every corner to find out what is new for this week’s post. This also means I can’t avoid seeing the pests and diseases to be tackled and the jobs that really must be done! Here’s the six.
The first flowers on the viburnum have opened. The poor tree is riddled with viburnum beetle but it doesn’t seem to affect the flowering. Can anyone give a more specific identification on the variety?
I was also very pleased to spot this first hellebore bud. It is Pretty Ellen Red which should begin flowering in February, so this is an unexpected early start. I have planted a small group of these in a shady corner at the back of the garden. The new growth is clearly providing a food source for the slugs. Just wish something would eat the slugs. Job for the weekend: cut back the old foliage – looks like hellebore leaf spot has a hold.
This is in its second flush of flowering, it’s a common border plant but I just don’t know its name. It sprawls down a low wall. Can someone put me out of my misery?
Apologies for the bright blue background. I was using a plastic trug to collect any spilt compost as I potted up these tulips. This year was the first time I have ever lifted and stored tulips. These were grown in a pot, stored in the shed over summer and I have just spotted that they had begun to sprout. Quick action required: out of shed and into pots immediately. Last year I used compost, this year it’s a mix of grit and compost. This year’s new tulips for the borders will be planted out in the coming weeks.
The mulch has arrived. Mulched borders are so lovely. It’s like mowing and edging the grass. Suddenly the garden looks tidier and healthier. Some of this mulch is for the newly dug out border and the rest will gradually go to the other borders and the veg patch.
Speaking of vegetables, here is my last productive strip in the veg patch. The parsnips. I grew Tender and True, sown in May. The weather is telling me that it is parsnip time and I’m looking forward to pulling up and roasting some of these soon.
I hope the weather is good to you and that there is some time, no matter how brief, for you to enjoy your garden this weekend. Thanks to The Propagator for hosting the wonderful Six on Saturday. Read his blog posts and all the other Six on Saturday posts from around the world at The Propagator my plant obsession