Six on Saturday: May Day

Something very dangerous happened yesterday – I was left alone in a garden centre for an hour while Baxter went for a ‘puppy pamper’ in the attached dog grooming spa. Much money was spent on plants. Was there any forethought or planning? Who am I kidding, I just bunged one of everything I liked into the trolley. I do have the space for them in a bed that Baxter has been digging in. I will have to come up with a system to stop him digging them back up again.

On to my six, joining in with The Propagator who invites us to showcase six things from our gardens each Saturday. This week they aren’t all strictly from our garden – my parents’ garden and a local churchyard also make an appearance.

1. Narcissus ‘Thalia’

These are actually in my parents’ garden which we visited last weekend. I designed a woodland border for them and planted it in the autumn. On a chilly November day I planted 150 bulbs including these wonderful ghostly narcissi. I hope you agree it was worth the effort.

2. Curly Sue

The tulips in our back garden are finally coming out. It is more shaded here and the cold dry weather hasn’t helped. This is Curly Sue, dark pink with a parrot feather fringe.

3. Dutch irises

These irises are called ‘Pretty in Blue’ and come from Peter Nyssen. They are actually an old cross of a Spanish and North African iris made by a Dutch bulb company, hence the name Iris hollandica.

4. Ceanothus

Our Puget’s Blue Ceanothus is just coming into bloom. I will probably take another photo of it next week when it’s fully out but was so excited I had to include a picture this week.

5. Groomed pup

Here is Baxter looking very fluffy after his pamper. Cockapoos hair takes a lot of looking after particularly when they are fond of rolling in sheep poo. We never let him off the lead near sheep but near us they alternate the fields the sheep are kept in. They have just vacated a field where we now walk. It’s a beautiful spot but full of sheep poo!

6. St Anne’s Churchyard

I was waiting for the bus the other day and decided to have a quick nosy around the ancient churchyard next to the bus stop, where I found pretty primroses and a little flight of stone steps swathed in greenery, as well as magnificent ancient yews.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Paddy Tobin says:

    I need to visit a garden centre – but have my “needs” very firmly in my mind. Generally, I am a reluctant buyer of plants, slow to choose.

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  2. fredgardener says:

    Dutch irises already!? Mine are a way behind yours…

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  3. How convenient, a garden centre with doggy spa attached 😆. Your woodland border is a success, your parents must be delighted. Dutch iris – mine are just strappy leaves – not sure at what point I should expect flowers but anyway yours are lovely.

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  4. So much to love here! Beautiful plants, a picturesque churchyard and a gorgeous puppy. Fabulous. When are we going to see the new plants?


  5. Lisa says:

    What a nice churchyard to explore. We don’t have anything like that here. I had a standard Goldendoodle, so understand about that hair! So cute though.

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  6. Heyjude says:

    Churchyards are often lovely places to have a mooch around, I particularly like the ones that are left natural. I need to visit a nursery soon as I have run out of compost, I just hope I won’t be tempted into buying too many plants as I really am running out of room. (Who I am kidding?) Nice Thalia – they are so elegant and flower for ages.

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  7. Loving the pup photo!

    I went to a plant centre yesterday and ended up spending £40, but in my defense I did get some vegetable plants too 🙂

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  8. Goodness, laughing about Baxter. Dogs can think of so many weird things we wouldn’t . Hope he is clean and spring bulbs are lovely.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Baxter is looking quite dapper after his ‘spa treatment.’ 😉

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Your Six on Saturday may as well be Five on Saturday with Baxter now. Once you post pictures of him, they will be expected every week.

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