Six on Saturday: catching up

The unexpected gift of a warm and sunny fortnight means I should be way ahead or at least on top of my gardening. After all, it is still only February. But even after a whole week off work, it is hard not to notice the number of plants needing to be planted. So a quick six while the morning is still misty and before I knuckle down and catch up. As always, lots of interesting sixes to be found via The Propagator

First up are the 3 pretty cyclamen coum which happened to find their way into my trolley when buying compost earlier this week. They were stranded in the van and are now losing patience on the step still waiting to go into the shady border. Today for sure.

Cyclamen coum

Next are the ranunculus, not sure which variety now, but bought in bulk and planted up in pots in late Autumn. They are also still waiting to be planted in the earth and are destined for the plot where I grow my cut flowers.

Ranunculus needing more space

Third are the anemones which happily are planted in mushroom crates – their final destination. They have been sheltering in the greenhouse over the Winter, but are now getting some fresh air in the open (because it’s broken) cold frame. Looking forward to their blue loveliness.

Anenomes unfurling

Blue loveliness sums up the attraction of Echinops ritro which has the brightest of blue flowers and is a magnet for butterflies and bees. Clumps of it have spread thicker at the allotment and in the Autumn they were ready to be divided. My north facing garden is not as good a home for it, but hoping it which catch enough sun at the back to survive.

Echinops looking ready for Spring

Number 5 is also a job which needs doing today and that is to plant up the hazel, wild rose and spindle whips bought to plant around the fences to support wildlife, particularly birds, butterflies and bees. Didn’t need persuading that this is important, but the excellent ‘The Bumblebee Flies Anyway’ by Kate Bradbury gave me a reminder and an extra push and focus.

Much more than a bag of sticks

Last of all is a recent discovery which, like Kate Bradbury’s book, has made me think more and more about how much I want to make the garden wildlife friendlier. Awake early, but not ready to get up, the wonderful podcast, Growing Wild presented by Charlotte Petts eased me into the day http://www.audioboom.com/channel/growing-wild  

growing wild

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10 Responses to Six on Saturday: catching up

  1. I’m wary about planting things out just yet aren’t you? I have a feeling that we may get some late frosts. Hope not.

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  2. Your Anemone looks promising. I tried growing Mr Fokker for the first time this year. So far foliage but no flowers.

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  3. fredgardener says:

    Ah.. echinops ritro.. a lovely flower ! I hope you’ll get some flowers. Bees love them

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  4. cavershamjj says:

    I also have tonnes of things to plant out, perennials bought or grown last year. I have made a dent in it but still some to do, then I need to make a start in the dozens I have in the greenhouse, a slightly bonkers prospect given how many more I have growing now from seed.

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  5. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, the bag of sticks! I love bags of sticks. That is how my witch hazel, mountain laurel, redbud, and so many others got here.

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