Six for Saturday – 3/2/2019

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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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Great garden photos and descriptions! I love garden posts even though I don’t have my own outdoor garden, right now. If I don’t remember where a garden blogger lives, I always check the “about me” info, so that I’m clear on what types of things are coming up or blooming in various parts of the world!

  2. cavershamjj says:

    I have just seen my first basic snowdrops after planting the bulbs in the autumn. Maybe in 10 years I’ll want to get the fancy ones but right now i don’t see the fuss. I am also a recent convert to hellebores, bought some white ones not long ago, they are settling in, and I have some seedlings of some darker flowers. I like your watering can thingymybob. Hope you enjoy doing #SixOnSaturday – fair warning it is a little addictive!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      You are right there is too much fuss over ‘special’ snowdrops and some of the prices are mad. I go for ones which are obviously different – bigger, double, yellow, extra petals etc

    2. tonytomeo says:

      That is what I said all last winter. I do not understand the allure. Others tell me that they are popular where winters are cold and bleak because they are the first things to bloom. That is why I do not get it. I never lack bloom here.

    3. Helen Johnstone says:

      I think you are right. Here in the Uk of blooms are quite limited at this time of year so anything is appreciated but I do think some go too far

    4. tonytomeo says:

      a ‘little’ addictive?

  3. Iris reticulata. I think there are two things to try to get them to flower for more than a year ot two. Firstly, plant them deep. You’d think being small bulbs, they need to go near the surface, but be bold and bury them several inches down. Secondly, they need to dry out a bit in the summer (they certainly got that her last summer – nine weeks without any rain!). I have several varieties planted in a raised bed of a gritty soil mix, and some fo them have been coming back for five or six years now. Fingers crossed I’ll see them again this year once or snow has cleared

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I wonder if that is why this one has come back, it disappears under a fern in the summer on a bank so it’s probably very dry. I have in mind to create a raised gritty bed so hopefully that will help

  4. I too love hellebores and have quite a few different colors! I am going to have to start a snowdrop collection because I have seen so many now in all the posts that they are getting to me! Lovely post, see you next week!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      NOoo, save yourself don’t start collecting snowdrops

    2. Ha ha! I have read several bloggers that have fallen from grace! I like those “scissors” snowdrops, but no one offers them here that I have looked into!

    3. Helen Johnstone says:

      I don’t think Snowdrops are such a big thing in the US though I know David Culp at Brandywine is an addict

  5. March Picker says:

    So glad you’re joining in, Helen. That is one of the richest purple hellebores I’ve seen! There is something marvelous about them, and I am hooked as well. It’s common snowdrops for me, but mine aren’t quite up yet.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      It is a bit of a gem that hellebore. I think it’s a seedling from several others in a legend group

  6. Eddi Reid says:

    Love the hellebore. I am trying to build a collection as the way they hide in the foliage makes the blooms an act of discovery. The iris reticulate in my garden appeared only once! Sad…..

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I cut back the leaves in January so the flowers are more visible and also to reduce the chance of some disease they can get on their leaves

  7. Renee says:

    Great pictures! And I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying your garden again… And sharing it with us! Thank you

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      You are welcome

  8. Lovely post and I love the idea! 💖

  9. Lovely to see those snowdrops. You’re sounding much happier in your blogging this year!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Thanks I think you are right, it’s getting the balance right

  10. I love your watering cans ornament (and the shadows cast). I have two clumps of Iris reticulata which I inherited. They are growing in a very dry patch near a house wall, South-West facing. I’m growing them in pots too for the first time as I fell in love with them in shallow terracotta pots last year. ‘Pauline’ and ‘George’ have been added to the list for next year!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      It seems that summer dryness is the secret. Cantab us aks another nice one

  11. karen says:

    Lovely to catch up with you and your garden again Helen. I’ve just joined SOS as well. I’m growing Iris Katherine’s Gold for the first time. It’s absolutely stunning. I’m hoping to keep the bulbs going for next year. I’m going to push the teracotta pans up against the house wall to keep them dry over summer. I read they should be planted deeply, so I’m testing that too. I used 50 percent grit in the compost mix. All the best. Karen

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Karen
      I think I might try something similar. I bought some mixed bulbs from the garden centre this year and planted them in pots with crocus. A new approach for me

  12. Ogee says:

    What a great way to engage again. I look forward to more! And the hellebore is stunning.

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