Six on Saturday: Sanctuary

I don’t know about others, but my garden feels like a sanctuary at the moment. A place I can momentarily forget the madness and focus on the minutiae of growing things, pushing their way up through the earth to celebrate Spring.

Sadly this week it also became the final resting place for our much loved guinea pig Nibbles. She would often try to escape from her run into the flower borders and now she has been set free there for good. We still have her sister Gracie, who is grieving, so we are looking for a new companion for her, not because we want to replace Nibbles but because companionship is a fundamental need for guinea pigs which are highly sociable.

I am joining in with The Propagator who invites us to show six things from our garden each week. Do take a look, it will be a welcome distraction from the news headlines.

1. RIP Nibbles

My daughter and son made a special stone to mark Nibbles’ burial spot. I dug a hole hopefully deep enough to deter foxes and we laid her to rest in a compostable bag. I may scatter some annual seeds around her stone so that flowers can grow up around her.

2. Creeping buttercup

The Ranunculus repens is back. In the past I have gone to war with it, but this year I am going to make peace and simply enjoy its cheery yellow flowers.

3. Ajuga reptans

‘Tis the season for creepers. The blue bugleweed has put on some coppery growth before flowering in a few weeks’ time. I never quite know what direction it is heading in!

4. Early Spring border

I rather like this combination of purple and white hellebores in front of shiny green laurel and red-tipped Photinus with the umbrella of Ceanothus behind.

5. Cherry blossom buds

They are not quite open yet but there is the promise of things to come on our cherry tree. What can beat pink buds against a blue sky?

6. Chelsea tulips

Another sanctuary for me in recent weeks has been the Chelsea Physic Garden where I am coming to the end of my garden design diploma with the English Gardening School. The rest of this weekend will be spent grappling with my planting plans which have to be drawn up and handed in next week.

Wherever you are in the world I wish you health and happiness in your garden this weekend and in the weeks to come.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    Your photo of Ajuga is very pretty, I had never noticed that Ajuga reptans have such pretty reflections at this time of the year.
    I guess your children are no longer allowed to go to school like in France, so stay safe…

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    1. Our schools are open for the time being – even though all neighbouring countries have closed theirs!

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      1. fredgardener says:

        I thought your country too… maybe soon.

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      2. I think so. Am just hoping I can get my planting plans finished before they close the schools!

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  2. I love guinea pigs they can’t help but make you smile, until they die and then you cry. The heart shaped stone is wonderful. Ajuga is a great plant, those dark shiny leaves are enough on their own. Hope your planting plans go well. Keep your chin up. x

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    1. Thank you – not sure where my daughter found the stone but it’s perfect. X

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  3. The combination of hellebores looking good. I’m seeing lots of tulips springing into action but mine have all got a way to go.

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  4. Lora Hughes says:

    So sorry for the loss of Nibbles. Guinea pigs’re such great pigs & that whistle! Or screech, maybe is a better description. I hope you’ll share a photo of the new pig when it comes. I adore bugleweed but my patch got over run w/mold last year & fight as I might, I lost the battle. Any suggestions for keeping it healthy? Love that pot of tulips. Will you miss going to your class? And yes, both the border & that cherry tree are gorgeous. No wonder it’s a sanctuary for you. And now Nibbles!

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    1. Thank you. Not sure yet whether my class will be on next week or not. Crazy times!

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  5. The buds against the blue sky do look lovely. Nice stone for Nibbles.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Always sad when a pet dies, RIP Nibbles. Her stone is a sweet memorial.
    Like you, I’ve been finding solace in the cleaning up the garden and walking in the woods. Life seems ‘normal’ there.

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  7. The memorial stone is very sweet. I’ve chosen a special rose for each pet resting place and they give me great pleasure. It would be lovely to hear a bit about what you’ve learnt on your course if you have time to share it one week. The shot of colour from the tulips is lovely.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    It is not easy to appreciate the rest after reading about Nibbles. I do like cherry blossoms though. One of our flowering cherry trees is still in bud. Those tulips are rad!


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