Six on Saturday – Time Flies


Six on Saturday time again.  The weeks are passing quickly and soon I will be back at work.  I am half looking forward and to half dreading this.  I will be very unfit, I am little nervous I will hurt my foot, and it is bloomin’ cold out there!  But on the plus side I will see all my lovely clients again, watch spring arrive in their gardens and have the joy of helping them plan for the future.  I spent  one lovely day in my own garden this week, and I picked a good ‘un.  It was sunny and warm and the ground was easy.   Not a great deal was achieved, except a lot of pottering and pondering.  Perfect.  Now on to what I found during my rumagings.

Our first picture is of the emerging foliage of Anemone coronaria ‘Bordeaux’.  As I am “on the wagon” at the moment, this is the closest I am going to get to a bottle of red.  I planted them in  the pot where the Hedychium ‘Pradhani’ lurks, they will be long over by the time that exotic creature wakes.


Next we have a blushing Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, the wood spurge, looking like it is contemplating flowering.  This plant had a severe chop back last year after it was decimated by some strong winds.  Now it is a sturdy and strong specimen.  Rather like myself.  Admittedly I have never needed a chop back.  Next to it you can just about see the browning foliage of Salvia corrugata, which although a little tatty around the edges is still flowering.  Rather like …. you get the picture.

Miscanthus nepalensis

Now for Miscanthus nepalensis, whose golden tresses are now turning to silver.  It has done very well this year, for a young ‘un, and I am hopeful that next year it will be even better.


There is not a single fruit left on the pyracatha, stripped bare but for a couple of manky looking specimens.   As far as I am concerned this has negated its reason for existence, to me it just represents pain.  However, I am sure whoever has feasted on the succulent orange baubles will be looking forward to next year in anticipation.  It will therefore stay.

This was a hooray moment, pulling back the mat of dead monbretia foliage and finding these ruddy shoots below.  They belong to Paeonia mlokosewitschii, known to her friends as Molly the Witch.  She was a gift a few years ago and has yet to flower.  This year, it surely will be this year.  Someone has been having a bit of a nibble, hopefully I have now deterred them.

Lastly we have Pelargonium cordifolium var. rubrocinctum with friend and associated poo.   The caterpillar is so perfect in its Kawasaki greenness, and the matching heart-shaped leaves with tiny scarlet pin heads at the end of each tooth equally as wonderful.   We could do without the poo in the picture, but that is nature for you.  And yes, I let the caterpillar alone.  And yes, I realise that soon all will not be perfect.

Thanks for hosting this shindig to the caller of the dance The Propagator, long may he rule!



41 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Time Flies

  1. Your Miscanthus nepalensis is making me want to get some more ornamental grasses for the garden. We had a lot at one point, but I think they all died off for varying reasons o.o

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  2. Lovely set of cheerful photos. I pondered on leaving the caterpillar. I too have left them in the past. No real harm done. It’s all part of nature. They were probably eaten by the robin-or the wren -that shelter daily in the greenhouse. Hope your foot heals well and you enjoy your return to work. All the best. Karen

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  3. Funny to see your peony emerging as mine (also having never flowered) is beginning to die down. You are much kinder to caterpillars than I am.


  4. The poo is a dead giveaway to the existence of a caterpillar. Usually tracking them down is a problem, but yours is very blatantly ignoring that it should be hiding! I would have removed it though. Wishing you well next week when you are back to work. The only gardening I am doing at the moment is popping out to see which of the bulbs are emerging!! Take care!!

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      1. Still a bit painful and haven’t really tested it to the full yet, have been doing a little bit of yoga and trying to get out walking most days. Walking is one thing, gardening on uneven sloping ground for a day is another. We will see …… 🙂

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  5. Pyracantha is the most vicious plant in the garden, I’ve dug all mine up. If it’s berries you want you should grow a nice Cotoneaster horizontalis, several of them. Exciting about nice plump buds of Molly the Witch. Take care of your foot. I hope it warms up a bit before you go back to work.


  6. Pyracantha berries can stay very late without anyone wanting to even taste them. Just when I start to get concerned that all their red berries will go to waste, they all get eaten at the same time. I do not see who does it, but they are there one day, and gone the next. Whoever does it is kind enough to leave them in color as long as possible, and then take them at the last minute, just before they shrivel. Perhaps they do not taste very good until the blet.


  7. I inherited some Cotoneaster horizontalis when we moved here. Used to hate it but have come to enjoy those red berries! I can see why you left the caterpillar – so beautifully matched with the plant. I confess I have never thought about caterpillar poo! Something new to look out for. Best wishes for the return to work.

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