After a grey but dry start to the morning the sun has broken through the cloud cover. If it hangs around long enough, I might be tempted out to the front garden to remove some dead foliage.

I’ve been watching sparrows collecting dried Mexican feather grass, one had so many rammed into its beak it could hardly take off. Despite plenty of interest, I don’t think we have any blue tits nesting in the bird box, which is a shame. This time last year, we were building the Tiny Greenhouse and they were in and out of the nest box all day long.

Never mind, there is always plenty of wildlife to see in other Six on Saturday posts, hosted by The Propagator. I’ll be popping in from time to time to have a look between study activities.


This pot of mizuna mix is now supplementing our salads. It’s a shame it couldn’t do the same over the winter months as intended! I have a tray of the same leaves in the Potting Shed, and some new lettuce seedlings are making an effort.

These pots (which I haven’t yet got around to moving) are really coming on. I think I’ll move them later to enjoy the sun while it lasts.

This pot of mixed chard has been outside through all the recent snow, rain and wind and is producing new growth. It seems the best way to grow your own is to leave it to get on with it. I’ll have to add some chicken manure pellets and remove any dead stems and leaves.

In the front border: alliums and nectaroscordum – my butterfly friendly bulbs – are growing well, and the dwarf narcissi ‘Tete-a-tete’ (and another variety that I’ve forgotten) have lots of buds ready to burst open. Maybe as soon as next week!

The last of the crocus. No sign of any of the creamy-white ones and only one patch of yellow this year; but I like purple, so that’s all right with me.

A quick look at the sedum bed. When I planted this up in 2019, I didn’t really understand how much they were affected by sunlight, or the lack of it. The bed is at the front of the house, to the left of a brick porch; sun – when there is any – is late afternoon in autumn/spring, early afternoon until dusk in summer. The sedums to the left of the bed, those that receive more direct sunlight, are (mostly) the redder of the group; those nearest the porch, which receive less, are green. A radical re-think, and possibly some rebuilding, is under consideration.

Apparently there may be frost sometime over the weekend, so enjoy your gardening and protect those plants!