Six on Saturday: 11 January 2020

Good morning from a blustery North Wales. We are currently experiencing alternating sunshine and horizontal drizzle, so I’m staying put.

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This white cyclamen has now come into its own. I’m hoping to be able to split these plants in the spring, ready for planting out next autumn.

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I’ve tidied up the Shady Border by nipping off the ends of the clematis Montana back to a bud, and removing the dead stems and leaves from the Japanese anemones.

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A general tidy of the shady patio and I decided to use the olive tree we dug out of the raised bed as a makeshift bird feeder. I’ve placed it opposite the kitchen window, giving me a good (and warm) view ready for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch (25-27 January) – you don’t have to join RSPB to request a free pack. I’ve already had blue- and great-tits at the feeder and have moved the homemade suet block nearer the centre since I took this photo. This is to help ‘my’ robin, who can now reach it to feed.

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I planted up these pots with rescued narcissi from the Very Shady Border (now Compost Corner), so it’s nice to see they’re staging a comeback. I must remember to label the pots this year as I want to plant these out in the Shady Front border along with the cyclamen and 2019’s hellebores.

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Hopefully these Brussels Sprouts will continue to grow and not get eaten by anything. I am considering moving them into a larger pot with some fresh compost as they must have used up every nutrient in the current pot by now.

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And finally, a couple of my leeks will soon be read for harvesting. I started these of from seed around eight months ago, so it’s been a long process, but at least we won’t have a glut and can take our time and savour each one.

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6 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 11 January 2020

  1. Cyclamens are one of my favourite plants – but initially I knew them as indoor plants, until I visited the UK and saw them planted out in drifts under trees. Wow!! Since them I have had potted ones outside in the garden where they bloom profusely. Your leeks are looking good!

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