Six on Saturday: Wake up and smell the hyacinths

As I write it is freezing and gloomy and I am contemplating a run. I have just dashed out into the garden to take pictures – actually on a Saturday (I usually take them the day before). So this is as real time as it gets. I am delaying my run a little longer while I post my six, joining in with The Propagator – whose long distance runs put me to shame – and his green-fingered followers.

1. Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’

I bought this dogwood from Wakehurst Place about three years ago and it has grown considerably since then. This variety is known for its ombré winter sunset hues.

2. Snowdrops and helenium

The snowdrops are not quite out yet so will feature them again in full bloom. They are seen here with the attractive russet coloured new growth on our Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’.

3. Mahonia

As you walk across our threadbare frozen muddy lawn a delightful scent distracts from the sorry grass beneath your feet – it is our Mahonia threaded through the fig tree.

4. New fence

This time next week there will be a new addition to our family: Baxter the chocolate cockapoo. In preparation for his arrival we are having our fence repaired (yes we have got the good side as it’s technically our neighbours’ fence). There is still a lot of work to be done to make it puppy proof though and we won’t leave him outside alone as we have a pair of foxes who regularly visit the back of the garden.

5. Catkins

I couldn’t resist just one photo from yesterday when the skies were blue. This was taken on our daily exercise in Baxter’s Field, a green space about a minute’s walk from our house. Although our new puppy is named after it he won’t be able to go there as it is dog free.

6. Hyacinth bouquet and E.T.

In case you were wondering about the title of this week’s blog here’s the reason. I am writing this while inhaling the delicious odour of these Delft blue hyacinths. E.T. was one of my favourite toys (and films) from the 80s!

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  1. Good luck with the new puppy – and the puppy-proofing. It’s my experience they can get through the smallest of holes – how do your foxes get in?

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    1. Maybe we’ll keep him on a lead in the garden to begin with. I think the foxes can jump over the fence. They had a run in with the teenage seagull our neighbour has been feeding in the early hours of this morning!

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  2. joy says:

    How wonderful to be having a puppy. ONe of the reasons that stops us is that we don’t have any fencing around our garden and would have to put it in. I love the hyacinths and the polish pottery pot you have them in. The scents of flowers at this time of year area real pleasure.

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    1. Well spotted that it’s Polish pottery – we have a lovely shop near us called Baltica.


  3. Is that ET toy where his neck extends? My brother had one of those while I have a talking one, but alas his ring cord thingy no long works.

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    1. Yep extending neck – it’s lasted remarkably well!

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  4. I hope you go, or went, carefully on your run. GGHI and I went for a walk and had difficulty finding the non-icy parts of the pavements and the roads. Lovely, healthy bulbs, very promising. Enjoy your new puppy. We would quite like an older dog but our resident cat has vetoed that idea.

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    1. Not too icy here but snow forecast overnight. We have guinea pigs – not sure what they will make of new pup!


  5. Good luck with your new puppy! The flowers from the last photo are really pretty – love the color.

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  6. fredgardener says:

    Very nice catkins & blue sky photo ! I was also interested in the snowdrops and helenium bed : a good mix.

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  7. Heyjude says:

    Your snowdrops and Helenium look so healthy! I think I have 4 snowdrops appearing and Heleniums just disappear in my garden. I guess I could just think of them as annuals. The hyacinth pot you have there is absolutely gorgeous! Good luck with the puppy, my daughter adopted* a gingery cockapoo puppy and she is such a sweetie, but has a very delicate stomach so finding food that doesn’t upset her is difficult.

    *despite them being hypoallergenic the original owners found their young son still suffered allergies from the pup so they had to give her away – he can still visit her for brief hellos.

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    1. Oh that’s interesting to know about your daughter’s cockapoo. None of us have allergies – the children just really like that breed and we found a puppy near us so we’re not breaking lockdown travel rules.

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  8. You wouldn’t initially think snowdrops and helenium could go so well together, but they do! I love the catkins at this time of year, we have a couple of Hazels so I’m enjoying them (especially on the rare occasion of a blue sky!). Good luck with the puppy, sounds like fun but hard work!

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    1. It wasn’t really an intentional combination – I don’t remember the helenium foliage coming up so early before.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, E. T. was botanist!


  10. Catherine says:

    That is a beautiful pot, perfect for your hyacinths (ET too). The snowdrops look good beside the helenium foliage, and I love the way the mahonia has tucked itself in beside the fig tree. Happy companions.

    Enjoy your little four-legged friend when he arrives.

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  11. Roguegarden says:

    The photograph of emerging bulbs is lovely – so many textures and colors and the promise of more to come. Cornus Midwinter Fire is a thing of beauty. I have acquired some small native red twig dogwood this winter for the stream banks and look forward to the glory you are enjoying. My favorite shot is definitely the mahonia growing through the bare fig branches. This is a perfect effect. Did it happen by lucky chance or was it the product of design? I am most impressed by successful plant pairings and have a difficult time exercising this level of foresight in my own plantings.

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    1. Ha lucky effect and inherited I’m afraid 😀


  12. Oh love the pot the hyacinths are in! Is it Polish?

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    1. Yes it is! I love Polish pottery.


  13. Congrats on the new puppy! Love the Mahonias and Cornus. I think ET is my husband’s all-time favorite movie.

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  14. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I think we’ll all be looking forward to seeing photos of Baxter soon! In your photo of bulbs getting ready to emerge, everything looks so healthy. That plot will be lovely to see in future sixes.

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Love the hyacinths and pretty Polish pottery.
    Congrats on the new puppy – have fun!


  16. Annette says:

    Didn’t know Sahin had such fine foliage. Are slugs a problem? The Cornus looks fab too.

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    1. We have plenty of slugs but they don’t seem to affect the established herbaceous perennials so much just new plants and annuals.


  17. Pádraig says:

    Such an exciting time looking forward to a new puppy. My OH visited dog rescue many years ago and arrived home with two!

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