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.
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.