It’s been months and months since I did an SoS although I’ve taken much joy in looking at all the gardens on display.
Also gobsmacked at the milage and burned rubber Mr.P is running every weekend. Puts us all to shame! My excuse is I’m too old!
Anyway, here’s my six from our little city Matchbox.
This is the back garden. I’ve just done an Edward Scissorhands everywhere (except the bay trees) and so the place is denuded and embarrassed and longing for spring and sunshine.
You may remember that last year, I purchased a variegated agave purely because it’s variegation fitted my garden theme. Last winter’s frosts hit it and it declined into a slimy lump. But lo, it burst forth with new gusto and despite a couple of frosts, freezing temperatures and horrible winter winds, it’s doing really well. I keep thinking I should wrap it in fleece or move it, but move it where? I have no glasshouse.
One of the pots of bulbs (could be tulips – black, white and orange) bursting through the soil. Wire to keep possums out.
If you can remember my garden last year, you might remember that the house wall-garden was a feast of Solomon’s Seal which left nothing much to look at in winter. So my blessed husband dug all the Solomon’s Seal out, put in new soil and I ordered some new black and white hellebores of various kinds and divided and transplanted some others. Everything is doing really well and whilst I don’t expect flowering this year, I hope next year will do me proud. Closest in frame and covered in anti-possum wire is a white hydrangea. This is an experiment as it will get absolutely no sun at all. Time will tell.
This is the bottom terrace of the back garden and I have cut everything back hard so it looks barren. But you can see the hellebores are loaded with blooms. I just hope all the other plants I’ve nurtured come back swinging like this. By the way, Phil the Pheasant is about to be painted black.
My final pic – because I desperately needed something to look at when I walked out the back door, something bright in a dour freezing winter, I purchased two primroses. They’ll do.
Please do go and have a look at the gardens on SoS https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2022/06/18/six-on-saturday-18-06-2022/ This garden-lover’s blog has grown as well as all the global gardens it exhibits. Cheers.
Haven’t seen you for ages. You’ve been very busy manicuring your garden and now it’s all ready to burst forth come September! Interesting leaves on your agave. I’d love to have one, but I don’t think it would survive the frost.
Hi Jane, good to see you too! I can’t believe the agave has survived the polar blast we’ve just had. It’s been FREEZING! Rain/sleet as well. So over it but trying to take as much Vit D (real and synthetic) as I can. The advantage of the Matchbox is that one day sees it tidied and able to be left alone. But our proper garden on the coast has had no love for months for a number of reasons, so I’ve only just got my gardening mojo back!
I am so pleased your variegated agave has risen from the grave, what a beauty it is! Everything look tidy and ready to go, just sit back and wait!
Hello Gill. It’s funny, isn’t it? One thinks a garden goes to sleep over winter but every day there are buds creeping higher and higher and really, like any living thing, a garden just keeps on going. It’s why I love gardens – they’re so hopeful.
I wish my garden kooked that tidy ?
Ah yes, Libby, but it’s so tiny and easy to manage! Our big garden is a whole other ball game. For reasons of which you’re probably aware, we haven’t gardened for weeks on the coast and it’s so wet the ground squelches and makes mudpies and there are so many willow and liquid amber leaves yet to rake. But we’ll get to it. Eventually…
Was your agave protected during the winter from rain and humidity? Maybe just build a small roof for it to prevent rainwater and moisture from reaching the heart.
That’s how I manage to save them here for the winter, when they aren’t in the gh.
Hi Fred. Good to talk. No, it wasn’t protected at all and it was alive and beautiful one day and then slimy the next morning after a frost. But this year, it seems to be going terrifically well- despite all sorts of foul weather. Touch wood.
Signs of bulbs popping up here too.
It’s that time.
All looking lovely and tidy after your attack with the scissors!
Love electric scissors! 😉
Good to see you back again! Everywhere looks very neat and tidy and your hellebore is going to be gorgeous in a few weeks time!
Thanks Pauline. Can’t wait to see things starting to bloom after a big haircut.