Six on Saturday: Counting blessings

How are we all? I don’t know about you but I wake up each morning thinking the world is normal, then I remember that it’s not. Still, we have to focus on the positives. I feel very blessed to have a nice house and garden and to live in the beautiful South Downs where I can walk or run each day.

I think I have had Covid 19, hence the lack of post last week. I had a sore throat and flu symptoms for about a week, before collapsing into bed with complete fatigue, loss of appetite and a crippling headache, followed by a cough which woke me up at night.

I am one of the lucky ones, as I have got through it needing no more than bed rest, and I am well aware that thousands of others are not so fortunate, which is why we must bear the current lockdown as best we can and support our wonderful NHS.

A huge upside is spending so much more time than usual in the garden and this week, the temperatures are about to soar in the UK making being outside even more appealing (in the garden or social distancing exercise only). So without further ado, here are my six, joining in as ever with The Propagator. Do check out his blog and tribe of faithful followers.

  1. Pear blossom

Our pear tree has grown so high that it is usually difficult to see the blossom up close or to pick the fruit, but this year a little spur of blossom has obligingly appeared at knee height. What is more, I have been given one of these Fruit Collectors so this year I will actually be able to gather the fallen pears without them getting bruised or nibbled by slugs and woodlice.

2. Pirate ship den

The play pirate ship which we had made at the back of our garden has come into its own since the schools closed. It has been turned into a cosy area for the kids to sit and do some reading, or play imaginative games – the best type.

3. Erythronium

These pale cream dogtooth violets are looking sweet in our woodland patch. I love their red on yellow markings and the long milky white stamens.

4. Ident please

I really should know what this cheery yellow flower is, but I’m afraid I can’t think of its name. Any offers? Ps, the large grey elephant in the background is our fig tree, a wondrous thing.

5. Photinia

I tried to kill this Photinia off a couple of years ago as it had grown into a tree which was making our shady terrace even shadier. It was too robust for me, but now I am rather enjoying its vibrant red leaves, as colourful as any flower.

6. Dinosaurland

Keeping our six-year-old amused has proved trying at times, but he is never happier than out in the garden and yesterday he and I created our own mini Jurassic Park amongst the ferns.

Take care, stay safe and keep on gardening!

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Jim Stephens says:

    Love the Erythronium. I’m hoping that’s ‘White Beauty’, which I planted some of last year and have buds. The yellow is Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’, a shrub that invades our garden somewhat from next door; but cheerily, as you say.

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    1. Yes, the Erythronium is White Beauty. Thanks for the ident – like yours it has invaded from next door!

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  2. I like the pirate’s ship, great for kids to have their own area to play or chill or whatever. Lovely erythronium, they never fail to impress. Glad you are feeling better, take care of yourself and your gang x

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    1. Thank you – you too x

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  3. Lora Hughes says:

    After your comment on my blog, I jumped the SoS queue to see your pear. That fruit collector thing is fantastic, even for a tree smaller’n the one in their photo. Can’t tell how it goes around the tree – is there an opening in a part of their photo that isn’t seen? Kerria is great & can be pruned into hedges or cut back in autumn, so tho invasive, it can be handled to some extent. I’ve always loved your pirate ship & now a Jurassic Park? Can we move in w/you guys? The dog tooth violet is gorgeous.

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    1. Lora Hughes says:

      I forgot to say I’m glad you’re over the virus. How frightening that must’ve been for your family, how horrible for you to endure. Did anyone else in your household get it? Hope the chillen were ok.

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      1. So far the rest of the family have been ok thankfully although my husband has had mild flu symptoms so hopefully that was it x

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  4. Noelle says:

    Glad you recovered sufficiently to be able to admire your Pear blossom and all the other beauties, and then share with us.

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  5. Heyjude says:

    Firstly, glad that you are getting better and that you managed to come through this without needing hospital treatment. Sounds pretty darn awful though! Hope the kiddies and rest of family are OK. They will be in self isolation now for 14 days so not necessarily out of the woods yet. Fingers crossed! The erythronium is so pretty. I bought a couple last year and I have seen leaves appear, but no flower 😦 Maybe they take a while to settle in? Or maybe the S&S has feasted on the flowers. I see Jim got in first with the ID – funnily the flower looks very much like my double narcissus this week. Even down to the tiny white bits on the edge of the petals!

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  6. Oh dear! I am so glad you are feeling better. I hope the family keep well. I wondered what that shape was behind your mystery plant. Maybe we can see it from slightly further back sometime? Nice to see the children’s parts of your garden.

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  7. Katharine says:

    Dinosaur land is brilliant – what a fab idea! Glad you’re feeling well. Scary times but important to remember most people will be fine and that if we all do our bit the NHS will be there to look after those who are not.

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  8. cavershamjj says:

    glad you’re feeling better, we have avoided the lurgy in this house. so far…

    that dogtooth violet is beautiful. I must get some.

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  9. n20gardener says:

    I looked for you blog last week, little thinking that it wasn’t there because you were ill. So glad to hear that you have recovered, take good care of yourself and best wishes to everyone else in the house. The erythronium is beautiful – very envious because some I bought have not shown up. The blossom is very lovely and is a cheering site in the garden at this time. Nifty fruit catcher!

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  10. I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better. I had a Photinia in the front garden that no matter how much I chopped it down, just regrew. Now I have one that I do want to live, and it seems it’s been killed off by water logged soil this winter.

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  11. byrnejudy says:

    As you have probably heard already, the yellow flower is kerria japonica, a shrub. I once saw in a friend’s garden the single variety which is actually more beautiful

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