I’ve started re-engaging with blogs again and I came across a meme hosted by The Propagator; called Six for Saturday. The premise is simply just to post six photos relating to your garden in some way on a Saturday and link back to The Propagator. One of the reasons I didn’t blog much last year was because I was finding it difficult to find anything new to say; I think I was just burnt out. However, with a new year I am feeling much more engaged with the garden and starting to blog more and I think this will be a useful prompt. So here goes with my first Six for Saturday post.
1. Hellebores are a real feature in my garden in January/February. I have added a few each year, mainly from Ashwoods. The dark purple hellebore is one of the first ones I bought and it grows along the top of the wall where I can see it from the living room window. Being on top of the wall means the drooping flowerheads are at just the right level for me to see inside the flower and take a photograph. Unfortunately, I seem to have forgotten about this in recent years which means that the newer hellebores are harder to photograph unless I lie down on the ground to see up into the flowers.
2 – Snowdrops are as prolific in the garden as hellebores. I started with some ordinary Galanthus nivalis probably about 10 years ago and they have slowly spread around the garden. Through my encounters with various plants people and groups I have found myself drawn into the irrational world of collecting snowdrops. I probably have nearly 20 special named snowdrops in the garden now. Sadly, the labels have disappeared, probably thanks to the local bird population. I am determined to draw up a plan with those I can name marked on and replace the labels.
3 – Iris – I have a weakness for all sort of Iris. Iris reticulata have always challenged me. I can get them to flower in pots in the first year and sometimes a second year. But I seem incapable of getting them to grow in the border, aside from this one tiny group of Iris reticulata ‘Pauline’ which has appeared for the last couple of years and are very slowly bulking up. Any tips would be appreciated.
4. Sunshine – after days of grey wintery skies it was a delight to see the sun today
5 Snow – but despite the sun in some parts of the garden the snow has remained since Friday which I suppose just shows the garden still has some shade despite my neighbours both clearing the trees and shrubs along their fence lines.
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