This has been a week of homeschooling and walks, not much gardening has been done, but it’s lovely to see the first flowers of the year appearing.
Each week The Propagator generously hosts Six on Saturday where gardeners from all over the world blog about what’s going on in their patch. For me and many others it is a great way to document the year in our gardens.
1. Galanthus ‘Junie’
Last year I bought six special snowdrops from the snowdrop day at Marchants Hardy plants. At £12 this was one of my more expensive purchases. Nice to see it come up again.
I do have some of the more colourful primroses but my favourites are the plain pale yellow Primula vulgaris. I have planted several alongside hellebores and this is the first to come out.
I have three or four hellebores together (one was new last year so not sure if it will come back). This pink one is always the most vigorous and the first to come up.
I can never make up my mind about whether I like ‘Elephant Ears’ – the foliage is always so messy, but then the stems of jolly pink flowers make up for it.
5. Bulb lasagne
Won’t be long now until these dwarf irises come up, followed by tulips. I have forgotten what varieties I planted so will be a nice surprise.
Not strictly in our garden but we met this little fella when we were out on our walk yesterday. Someone has hung a swing in the woods and when we stopped there he hopped around us for ages – I think he has got used to people stopping there and he scoffs the crumbs from their snacks. Well, I say he but I’m no expert on robin genders… Bizarrely there was also a bagpiper playing somewhere nearby. Apparently they are a regular feature sometimes as early as 6.30am but this is the first time we’ve heard them.