The weather, here in Nottingham UK, sunny and dry, cold though with occasional frost overnight. Even so been able to carry on gardening. I’m still on bindweed watch which will take hold very quickly if not kept in check. Also keeping at bay bramble and ground elder. Many of the plants that I’ve been holding back before growing in their permanent place are more or less ready for being planted it’s just a matter of being on top of preparing the ground before I actually plant them. I spent quite a bit of time on the greenhouse getting it back in order and clean ready for planting later on this year with the tomatoes and all the other plants. By the way, the tomato plants are doing thoroughly well, even if I do say so myself. There are still many jobs to do in the garden like the fence panels to replace some glazing on the greenhouse and many shrubs need cutting back also. Compost bin needs sorting out. The list carries on. This week is a little bit of a tulip fest. Then again it is that time of year. Also, the daffodils still continue to flower and I still have some to open from buds.
I am continuing a feature, each Friday, with view(s) of the garden I am trying to transform or develop. When you have a moment please check it out.
Okay, fellow gardeners, time for this weeks Six on Saturday.
1) Tulipa, ‘Angelique’. These are just becoming to show the best of the frilly pink tinged petals. They last for a long time in bloom and in warm sunshine, like all Tulips, they will open wide. This is the second year this particular group of Angelique have flowered. I have another container not quite in bloom yet from last autumns planting.
2) Tulipa ‘Merlot’. A mixture of two shades of tulips a pink showy tulip with a larger deep red larger flowered variety. One is deep violet-burgundy called Merlot. The other (pink) yet to be certain of the variety.
3) Tulipa ‘Purple Rain’ and Muscari. These are of the Triumph range of tulips just coming to providing a good show but a few more weeks and they will be even more magnificent. Both a new addition for this year.
4) Erysymum, ‘Bowles’s Mauve’. Err, well not so blue now – the sun has faded this or simply it has now moved on the of colour cycle, as ever, from the continued flowering throughout the cold weather.
5) Acer palmatum. Deep red unfurling leave of Acer palmatum looking good to produce leaves that vary in the hues of the seasons. Always a great showy shrub growing in a large container for many years. Top of with compost and feed from time to time. It’s happy in the same position it’s been for many years.
6) Tulipa ‘Flair’. These are looking like fire beacons, when the sun is out they open out to reveal the dark centre.
That’s this weeks Six on Saturday. Whatever you’re doing be safe and ensure that you enjoy your gardening or what ever you do. As always our host of Six on Saturday the irrepressible – The Propagator. Pop over to see the delights on his blog and view blogs from around the world. Until the next week’s #SixonSaturday, all the best. May pop in with the odd Post of the Day, too. Watch out for weekly view of the garden on Fridays.