Six on Saturday

This is a whirlwind Six before setting off on a trip. Mild and damp outside, it couldn’t be more different from last Saturday’s white out. The elastic resilience of plants has amazed me. Last week bent down with heavy snow, there seemed to be no hope for the hellebores or daffodils, but they have popped right back up. Apart from sowing some seeds hopefully in the greenhouse and pricking out, there wasn’t any real gardening to be done last week, so damagingly for my bank account, I had too much time to buy plants and seeds. And, excitingly, they have arrived already.

So first up is the lovely, double primula, Dawn Ansell. Not something I would have liked a few years ago, but now have a dangerously soft spot for pretty plants like this,(though the common primrose which spreads around the garden is still the favourite). Am hoping this purchase will be the mother plant for lots of offspring over the years. Or is that just an excuse?

primula dawn ansell

Next are the slightly ragged auriculas which were given shelter in the greenhouse and are producing buds despite looking a little off colour. This is another plant I have changed my mind about.

Third are the sweetpeas plants which are pretty much everywhere there is a flat space. Pricking them out is a constant of my week and there are still lots to go. In the time of snow, when I wasn’t thinking as straight as I should, even ordered more seed. Like the tomatoes and chillies, they are mounting a takeover. White Mrs Collier and Royal Wedding along with brights like Barry Dare and Blue Velvet are looking  perky despite being kept outside now to toughen up.

blog 10 march


In the corner of the garden, the quince is almost glowing and promises to soon unwrap its beautiful and very slightly blowsy blooms. It has never produced fruit, despite us having it for ages whereas my allotment quince was laden after two years. It doesn’t really matter, as the blossom is worth it on its own.


Fifth is the resilient achillea Cerise Queen which was neglected on the potting bench outside to cope with everything Winter had in its arsenal and has survived it all looking green and healthy.


Last of all are the muscari armeniacum bulbs which seemed to coming up blind, but there they are are showing hopeful tiny buds. And that seems to suit today.


There may be persistent rain to come here over the next week, but the warmth this morning and the length of the light, are definite signs that we are moving away from winter.

Please take a look at the The Propagator for a growing number of excellent Sixes.


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9 Responses to Six on Saturday

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Is the quince a flowering quince? Other writers have had some confusion about flowering quince and fruiting quince.


  2. cavershamjj says:

    My sweet peas are looking a little bedraggled. I’m looking forward to planting them out in a few weeks.

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  3. I want a fruiting quince for my allotment. Gotta be better than Chaenomeles for making jelly.

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    • tonytomeo says:

      Oh yes. Chaenomeles is an odd one, although some people do use it. Because it lacks pectin, it does not always gel on its own. I use quince ‘for’ the pectin, and mix it with other fruit. Chaenomeles sort of defeats the purpose. However, I wonder how the two mixed together would be, since the Chaenomeles has such a unique flavor, and the quince would supply the pectin.

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  4. Lora Hughes says:

    Both your primula & auricula have lovely faces – they tell us the year is moving along nicely. Love your quince. Don’t know anything about why it wouldn’t bear fruit, but yes, their blossoms are great. And bad weather is such an enabler to gardeners spending. Good luck w/all those seeds! You’ll find a place for them. We always do.

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  5. I’m definitely envious of those sweet peas! I tried growing them in toilet rolls before, but they weren’t a success.

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  6. Jim Stephens says:

    I just did an order to Barnhaven for double primroses, backed up by rationalisations very like yours! And I grew a quince for years which never produced a single fruit, or even much flower, come to think of it.

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  7. I have definitely softened my taste in plants over the years. I still love the scary ones though! That primula is very pretty. Have a good trip, who knows we may pass each other without knowing. 😊

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