It's astonishing how quickly Saturdays seem to roll around. I've no sooner read everyone's Sixes than it's time to prepare another one of my own.
Six on Saturday is hosted by The Propagator. Participants are invited to show six things from their garden: flowers or vegetables, trees or shrubs, paths or gardens, successes or failures. Six things. From a garden.
Don't forget to drop in to The Propagator's blog to catch up on what other gardeners are doing.
Since last week the weather here has been glorious. Cold in the mornings, yes, but the days have been full of sunshine. People are still wearing shorts! Wonderful weather for gardening.
Here are my six for this week:
- Leucodendron salignum. The label describes it as 'Red Devil' but something tells me this plant is wrongly labelled! The second picture is a different view of an older flower on the same shrub. Various websites tell me it must have plenty of sun or the flowers won't colour. Well, sun is something it's had in abundance, so my guess is an incorrect label.
2. Last of the Iceberg roses. They will flower sporadically until they're pruned in July, but I'm not expecting too much more from them.
3. A garden view. The two poor bay trees on each side of the steps have been in those pots for at least five years. They are very sulky, and who would blame them? They're going to be released from their misery next week, all going according to plan, and planted in the ground.
4. An iris flowered! It was the only one, and who could possibly guess that this would happen? Its time with us was fleeting: in two days it was finished. There will be more of course, but not for a while.
5. Crepe Myrtle. Unlike last week's crepe myrtle, this one is a shrub which was given to us as a house-warming present. I don't know its name as it began as a cutting from the friend's garden. It's looking rather autumnal with its tiara of berries.
6. This week's unsung heroine is Alyssum, (it was Lobelia last week, you may remember), another flower that will brighten our garden during winter with splashes of pink, mauve, apricot, purple and white. There’s even a yellow one, although I have never seen it. Alyssum self seeds readily, filling small spaces in a very obliging manner.
Weather today: 0 -19 degrees C and sunny. Of course!
Happy gardening everyone.