Six on Saturday: 24 April 2021

A cool start again this morning and I was greeted with a Facebook post from 2019 showing my pink clematis montana in full bloom. Not so this year, but nearly. With the weather continuing dry, sunny and coolish, I’ve made a start hardening off some of my seedlings. The sweetpeas went outside for four hours yesterday; the dwarf raspberry has been outside each morning for a week.

Yesterday, I spent 90 minutes in the back garden sweeping up dead leaves, bird seed husks, twigs and other rubbish blow into the garden from elsewhere. This involved moving pots about (dragging not lifting) and, for my final effort, I got the hosepipe out – ostensibly to ‘powerwash’ the patio, but really to give everything a good watering. After adding temporary waterbutts earlier in the week (linking them by short lengths of spare hosepipe) all four are now half-full (as opposed to two being almost full); this means the water level in the one I dip my watering can into is below the level that a 5 foot 3 inch woman with short arms can comfortably reach without falling in. If I had, I wouldn’t be here to look at all your Sixes on Saturday!

I also had the pleasure of watching two goldfinches hopping around Compost Corner and pecking at insects on the wall, so I have moved the feeder with the niger seeds to that area in the hope they might finally eat some. My brother told me that painting the top of the feeder bright yellow would attract them. I will try that next, seeing as a pale yellow post-it note sellotaped to the top doesn’t work!

One. These ‘blue’ pots have given me so much pleasure over the last six weeks. The crocus ‘Pickwick’ were okay, though went over far too soon. But the muscari and anemone ‘Blanda Bleu’ worked well together; the colours more intense than captured here and they’ve lasted for ages.

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Monthly Round-up: April

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The first day of the month was mostly sunny, though a cool breeze blew through my garden.  I’d tied these bean strings on the arch thinking I might be able to plant a few seeds out, but I don’t think I’ll risk it yet.  I’ve started some off in the greenhouse though. Continue reading “Monthly Round-up: April”