Six on Saturday: 27 March 2021

After a night of mixed weather (cold, hail, frost), the sun may be out but the wind is cold. Not a day to potter outside, so I’ll be getting on with my end-of-module writing and dipping in and out of other Sixes on Saturday for a bit of light relief.

I finally moved the pots of Pickwick crocus, anemone Blanda Bleu and muscari to a lighter and brighter area of the patio, and the extra light has already made a difference. After a week, the crocus are coming to an end, the anemones are flowering, and the muscari have emerged.

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Six on Saturday: 13 March 2021

I prepared this week’s SoS early as I’m having my Covid jab at 8.30 am, so by the time you read this, the deed should be done! I mentioned last week that hubbie had had his jab the day before; my (younger) brother had his on Monday and slept from 4.30 pm until 5.30am the next morning – so it may be sometime before I get round to reading everyone’s contributions to The Propagator’s Six on Saturday weekly international virtual event.

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On my brother’s advice, I went ahead and snipped out the growing tips of the ‘Cupani’ sweet peas. By quite a lot.

My sarracenia pitcher plant has been enjoying a winter holiday, first in the cold conservatory, now in the potting shed. The older ‘pitchers’ are dying back – as they are supposed to – and will eventually be snipped off. It will need repotting when the weather warms up and it starts growing again, though there are tiny pitchers appearing already. Hopefully, I should be able to divide it at the same time.

The first ‘Pickwick’ crocus and the first anemone ‘Blanda Bleu’ have appeared in my galvanised pots; and the muscari have buds forming. I’m looking forward to seeing these pots in full bloom.

My brother made me this gadget for pressing down compost in seed trays: I’m sure it has an official name. What do you call yours?

Apparently it’s called a tray tamper or a press board!

I’ve given up using my smallest module trays for sowing vegetable seeds; it’s too difficult to extract the seedlings without wrecking them or the small cells. Instead I’ve treated myself to these – 2 packs, 40 pots in all.

And with my hanging basket liners literally hanging by a thread, I’ve invested in this sheet of liner material so I can cut my own.

Six on Saturday: 9 January 2021

It’s a lovely morning, but after two nights of freezing temperatures and snow yesterday, it’s not safe to set foot outside the door until the ice has thawed. There’s no need risk a broken limb because I took my photographs in advance (on Thursday), though I only went out to fill the bird feeders!

In the Potting Shed, the sweet peas have survived the below zero temperatures. I didn’t want to remove their ‘tent’ so I don’t know if they’ve started to bush out after pinching them out a few weeks ago.

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Six on Saturday: 5 December 2020

Hello December. I wonder what you have in store for us, weatherwise, this month? Rain, rain and more rain by the look of it so far! Too wet to go outside and tidy the borders (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

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With my Cupani sweetpeas growing too well, I’ve given most of them a gentle trim. Fingers crossed I haven’t killed them.

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Six on Saturday: 28 November 2020

Another grey, dreary, wet Saturday, cold too. I’m thankful that I brushed yet more leaves up from the patio yesterday so I can stay indoors today. I prepared this SoS earlier in the week as I didn’t trust that we would have internet access after to conversion to fibre broadband. As you can see – I was wrong.

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Just when you think there is nothing left in the garden to photograph, nature surprises you, as these new strawflower buds show.

Along with this pot marigold which it still going, and with another flower to open.

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Six on Saturday: 21 November 2020

A quick jog around the garden for me this morning. The sun is out, but the wind is getting up. Suddenly, most of the trees across the field at the back of our house are looking bare. I can’t hang around today as Ive a deadline to meet – having completed the first draft of my first OU Assignment, last week, peer feedback has indicated a re-write is required. I started yesterday by slashing 300+ words from the beginning! Who know where I’ll be the end of the day, but it’s got to go by Tuesday afternoon as we’re still expecting fibre broadband to be connected on Wednesday.

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