Six on Saturday – The Spring Feeling

After a flash-in-the-pan snow incident, I am left elated and feeling like I dodged a bullet. I went to bed with a white garden, I woke with it all seeming like a chilly dream. The other side of this polar blip is that I am feeling the spring vibe. This optimism has yet to manifest itself visually, so nothing vernal to share that hasn’t been shown already. It is more of a feeling. I have had a good day in the garden. I could Strictly Come Dancing style pretend that I’m talking about yesterday, but when questioned further I would blush and it would be all too apparent that I was telling porkies. Today (not Saturday) I culled more lawn in my quest to create a better border to grass ratio (the resultant photo: bare earth). I’ve sown seed (photo: bare compost). I’ve potted up dahlias (photo: bare compost with a desiccated stalk). I’ve done my best for you, which is exactly what I am sure is happening over at Jim’s where the rest of the SoSer hang out. Shall we get on with it?

We are beginning to see who are the Softy Walters are who are the Denis the Menaces. You can be strong and beautiful too. This is proven by Lamium ‘Silver Beacon’.

Hemerocallis ‘Lois Burns’ is an another stalwart and last summer it thrilled me with large yellow blooms. Daylilies were must-have in my new garden and Lois was purchased (with a couple of others, it is illegal to buy them singly) from the wonderful Pollie’s Daylilys. Please be warned that if you enter this website you are unlikely to emerge undaylilied.

I was under the impression that Rudbeckia ‘Sahara’ was an annual. It appears not.

The day before yesterday these nigella seedlings were under a couple of centimetres of snow. I had spotted them just before the weather changed and I worried about their safety, telling myself there would be other seed in the ground to take their place if necessary. There was no need for concern.

Copromosa repens ‘Pacific Sunset’ is holding on by its finger nails. Pray for its recovery.

Finally, the Polemonium ‘Purple Rain’ seems to have weathered various storms and the new foliage is looking splendid. These will have to be moved in a week or two as, due to my expansion, they are no longer at the front of the border. I hope they don’t mind.

I know that some of you will be experiencing a lot worse weather than we have had here, please stay safe. As I finish this post (really Saturday) there are a couple of snowflakes meandering towards the ground. It isn’t over just yet. No need to fear, I haven’t lost The Spring Feeling, it is a state of mind not a weather forecast.

49 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – The Spring Feeling

  1. So pleased to hear you with a spring in your step. I’m feeling quite guilty down here in our part of North Devon as we haven’t even had a small flurry of the white stuff!

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  2. This lamium should give a nice silver carpet in your garden. With the snow that fell, it remains in the same whitish colours! Good luck with the few snowflakes that are still left. Green grass here.😅

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  3. I am lucky enough to live close to Polly’s Daylilies, I have visited and met the lady herself, her garden is devoted to her passion for daylilies and is just wonderful, I did not leave without a purchase or two. I still await my ‘Spring Awakening’ I am not a hardy soul like yourself and require a tad more warmth!

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  4. You sent me down the Daylily hole for a good few minutes there Sis. I grew them in my much younger days and quite forgot about them. I may have to look out and decide whether any tickle my fancy. I shall be in that area later this year and perhaps a detour to see them going might just be the ticket. Keep warm and carry on………

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  5. Day lilies are a must, I started with lilioasphodelus from Great Dixter, always a favourite of mine with its scented early blooms. I wouldn’t be without them though the pesky snails enjoy a spring nibble or two for a bit. All part of nature 💕

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  6. I’ll have to check my rudbeckia when the snow clears. I read conflicting information about whether they are annuals or biennials, so I left mine in the ground but cut off the rotting stems. Fingers crossed for yours.
    I bought three of those lamium in February but it will be a while before my Shady Border is sorted out so I can plant them. Can I hope that they will spread quite quickly when I do? (I’m keeping everything crossed that they will cling onto life in the Potting Shed during this cold spell). Here in North Wales it’s just started snowing again (1.45pm) after a sudden drop in temperature.

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      1. Thank you. My shady border is a raised bed beneath neighbours’ trees and my clematis trellis so it would be contained in that border. I’m hoping to pair it with a couple of painted lady ferns and maybe a geranium or two (cranesbill).

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  7. You’ve got me thinking about Rudbeckia ‘Sahara’ which I grow most years. I’ve been digging up the plant complete with new shoots in early spring because it’s described as a Half-Hardy Annual and HHA’s never survive winter in my garden. I must be silly – this requires a rethink! 😀
    Your lamium looks very fresh and healthy – mine not so much. Enjoy that spring feeling, even if you do get a fall of snow!

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    1. Late autumn I saw that one of them had a leaf rosette and so I dug it up and have kept it the greenhouse as an experiment. Yesterday I noticed the one I had left in the ground was also alive. I am very happy, if not a little confused! There has been nothing half-hardy about this winter. And thanks Catherine.


  8. I know better than to question, but I do not know how else to say this. Could that daylily actually be another lily that is not a daylily? The foliage looks like that of an Easter lily or an Asiatic lily or, . . . you know, one of those lilies that grows from a bulb.
    Also, I am on the West Coast of California, and without major forest fires or the smog that parts of our region were formerly famous for, the sunsets look more like your ‘Pacific Sunset’ coprosma than a more typical specimen, ethereal and close to Heaven.

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  9. Like Tony I was wondering about the Hemerocallis as the leaves don’t look anything like mine. And unlike you I am still in winter mode (i.e. hibernating). It needs to be much warmer for me to get that spring feeling, though I must admit the garden is much more optimistic.

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      1. My! You astound me! You have pork pie knowledge? And there I was, innocently thinking that your expertise was confined to pasties!


  10. Photo number four was a timely reminder to sow the nigella seeds a bought two weeks ago. I didn’t realise that they would have been germinating already ‘ in the wild’. I was slightly disappointed not to see your newly dug borders, but I’ll just have to wait.

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  11. I love the way that as I dither about whether to sow some seeds or not, the nigella just gets on with it. I was so in sync with your opening para – bare earth but amazingly you pulled some lovely stuff out of the hat!

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