Six on Saturday – Lobster Claws

Six on Saturday time again and what a day! April Fool’s Day, it couldn’t have been better arranged. To be honest, I’ve never really bought into the AFD concept, I’m too anxious that I will be made to look an idiot, there are enough opportunities without special days. Still, you can rest assured that there will be absolutely no tricks here. I wonder if there will be clever ruses by the other SoSers? If you would like to find out, check out our leader Grand Master Jim, generally I’ve found him to be trustworthy, but on such a day I can promise nothing. Shall we shake a leg?

First we have a crammed planter which some Muscari latifolium have managed to weasel their way through. Join the party, I say, the more the merrier!

Next the border with no name has been extended and is now approximately twice as large as its first incarnation. It is directly opposite the reimagined Bed of Anarchy so I thinking “Bed of Sensibleness”. No? This extension means some plants will have to be moved and *cough* I will need to get some new ones. Needless to say, it has been so wet it is impossible to do much at the moment. We have bought some spent mushroom compost which will be used to improve the clay soil, which will hopefully make everywhere less claggy and more manageable in the future. This, of course, will take time. At the moment I am just looking at the border and thinking a lot.

Over the winter I have come to the conclusion that some evergreen shrubs are needed. Pseudowintera colorata ‘Moulin Rouge’ was bought to serve that purpose and is now in position near the tree at the shady end of the BoS (working title). I have grown this shrub before, but not this cultivar, and I rather like the look of it. OH asked if I was going to send it back because it was obviously dreadfully disfigured by some terrible disease. I pointed out, a little deflated, that it is supposed to look like that.

I was thrilled to discover that the Erodium manescavii has done us the great honour of seeding itself about. I have dug up five or six of the little ones and am growing them on. Fabulous.

Onto Primula sieboldii ‘Winter Dreams’, so delicate and ethereal and getting so battered at the moment by the gales and lashings of rain. Do I feel guilty? A little. Enough to go outside and put it in a sheltered position? Not quite.

Finally, a lobster claw amongst the tulips. Quite bizarre.

That is your lot. Have a good week, keep plugging on, we will get there in the end.

35 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Lobster Claws

  1. Gosh, the petals of ‘Winter Dreams’ are lovely, almost snowflaky. Nice to see the border getting bigger and is that a small pond I see? Also, the bricks at the back of the border, protecting the fence from the soil, are a good idea. I will have to brave the front garden later and see if my Erodium manescavii has produced any seedlings – if it did in previous years then I fear I may have mistaken them for weeds.

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  2. Morning Gill . The Pseudowintera colorata really has very pretty foliage and is interesting in winter, you’re right! Another thing I really enjoy about your Six this week are the delicate serrated primula flowers. (The gusts of wind would have blown them here )

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  3. Perhaps OH has a point about that French windmill plant, given that its name could be translated as “fake winter colour”. 😎

    And please set your anxiety aside. I’m absolutely certain that no-one would ever make you look an idiot. We like you too much to do that. Anyway, you cannot remake what is already complete; you can only change it.

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  4. Oh I do love your Moulin Rouge, please you ‘cancan’ ed a wider border. I mut rush round and get caught as I am truly an April fool, but didn’t leave any in my post. Maybe your tulips tried to make their effort with the lobster claw. I too had not heard of a savoury hot cross bun, but it is an idea for my next baking attempt perhaps, or perhaps not!

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    1. The primrose is beautiful, every year I think I should try some others but so far I haven’t been in the right place at the right time for temptation. As for the lobster claw, I’m afraid it isn’t, but I am not sure quite what is going on. Until the garden is playing a trick on me!


  5. Muscari latifolium are so lovely, nice of it to join the party. I like the enlarged border, but do remember that things grow. Big. Bigger than you anticipate. And have you found the daylilies? Curious about the pond – dustbin lid? 🤔

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  6. Those lobsters do get around. I have a few in my garden, they are red and yellow here. The delicacy of that Primula really makes it lovely.. I had to look up the Pseudowintera, how fab is that? Looking forward to seeing it grow.

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  7. That was not what I expected for a lobster claw. I thought you might be growing one of those crazy Helliconia that I sometimes see in Southern California. That would have been very impressive for your climate, but not at all appropriate for a ‘Bed of Sensibleness’.

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