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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Macro moments

After several unsuccessful attempts to capture the new growth on raspberry ‘Yummy’ with phone camera and compact camera, I tried again with the new clip-on macro lens on my phone and captured these three shoots.

Then I tried these three stawflower heads from a shelf in the Potting Shed, I think they were pink originally, but still pretty now they’ve faded.

Finally, a sweetpea seedling (showing where it had the chop last week) and a rather battered hebe ‘Champagne Ice’ twig.

My images are still hit and miss; getting close enough to the plant so it looks clear in the screen is easy, but the minute I press the shutter button, everything moves and the focus with it.

I won’t be winning any competitions with these!

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.