Six on Saturday: Spring Cleaning

We have been surprised by a day of sunshine and the first chance to get out in the garden for a while so this is a very brief six while I pop in for a bowl of soup. This morning I have cut back ferns and done a bit of weeding and this afternoon it’s time to prune the roses. I’ve even got the washing out on the line!

I’m joining in with The Propagator who invites us to feature six things from our garden each Saturday.

1. Pulmonaria

How pretty are these pink, purple and blue flowers all on the same plant? I was given a few of these from the garden at Charleston farmhouse where I used to volunteer.

2. Tête-à-tête narcissi

I know Gill from Off the Edge thinks they are thugs but in my garden they are perfectly sweet. Maybe because we have much worse thugs to outdo them like the ivy in this picture.

3. Comfrey

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the comfrey in flower in our garden quite so early. This is one of the aforementioned thugs but it’s bell like flowers are quite attractive and it’s leaves make a great fertiliser when made into comfrey tea, so I tolerate it.

4. Accidental pot

This pot was left on the steps with an old hyacinth in it and at some point used as a storage receptacle for some lumps of flint. Throw in a self seeded forget me not and I think the result is quite effective.

5. More hellebores

Yes I know everyone is hellebored but I quite like this combination of purple Helleborus orientalis and white Helleborus argutifolius.

6. Moss

I love these delicate little green heads on the moss which is taking over at the moment – one of the upsides of all the rain we’ve had.

Speaking of which it’s clouding over now so I’m off to get the washing in and prune the roses while I can.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Catherine says:

    I’m definitely not hellebored – I’d happily look at them all day. I’ve just introduced four to my garden, and absolutely in love with them. Your combination is lovely.

    How nice to see some sunshine falling on your Pulmonaria and Tete-a-Tete. We had sun earlier and it was glorious, but the winds are picking up now, and the skies are darkening as the latest storm moves in.

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    1. Yes no sooner had I written this post than it started to hail!

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  2. fredgardener says:

    Accidental but lovely arrangement pot ! About the little heads of moss, it’s a good variety for taking nice closeups with raindrops.

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  3. Noelle says:

    Its been a very good year for moss! Enjoy the sunshine…a day to treasure.

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  4. Love the accidental pot!

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  5. Who could be helibored? Mine are exactly the same colour as your plum ones, but don’t stand up. Pretty anyway.

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  6. Heyjude says:

    I have a few of those Accidental pots! Several harbour parsley so quite useful as well as pretty! Not sure what happens with my Pulmonaria. It often gets mildew, but not last year and the leaves remained for ages then finally rotted away so I cut them back. Currently the leaves are growing but nothing like your plants. Do you have a secret?

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    1. I think it is because they come from Charleston. They aren’t quite so healthy this year though – the wet weather has affected them.

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  7. cavershamjj says:

    Thugs, really??? such petite little things. I planted all mine in containers so if they spread I will be happy.

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  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    The accidental pot is a winner! I can’t imagine any narcissi being thugs and I never tire of seeing hellebore, being quite envious of those who can grow them. I don’t have enough shade in my garden so they get fried by the sun.

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  9. Love your accidental pot and thanks for the Comfrey, I have read about it but never seen one.

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  10. I’m willing my tête-à-tête to spread a little. That moss is very pretty up close.

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  11. Lora Hughes says:

    Whichever fairy designed your accidental pot, please send them to put some art into my garden. That looks lovely. (I thought I was the only one in the world who popped random bits of flint into my pots.) Love the hellebores. That photo of the narcissus is spectacular! So bright & cheery. I do think the comfry is early, but welcomed any time.

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    1. Ooh yes it might have been a fairy now I think about it!


  12. tonytomeo says:

    Do others actually get hellebored? I have been told that I could get in a bit of trouble for mentioning that I do not understand the allure of hellebores. (They do not do so well here.) No one seems to get bored with them.
    Comfrey is intriguing. Everyone seems to be familiar with it. I have never grown it intentionally. The feral sort grows where it is unwanted, so gets pulled before it matures. I should probably move some before it gets pulled, just to see what it does.

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  13. You volunteered at Charleston – that must have been fun. The pulmonaria is a lovely souvenir. PS I’m not helebored.

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    1. It was a lovely place to volunteer! Sadly I’m too busy with work now.


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