Six on Saturday 15.1.22

The weather this week is more like January should be, frosty at night time and lovely sunshine during the day. Some days it has hardly risen above freezing which to me means that I stay inside where it is nice and warm! Other days I have been in the woodland frantically trying to get everything ready for the main snowdrop season in February. How could I have missed my Daphne last week, she is covered with flowers and the perfume is amazing when there is a slight breeze through the trees! Once again, it is time for Six on Saturday, my six are as follows……

No 1 Daphne bholua.

Such a delightful perfume comes from the Daphne in the corner of the woodland, I wonder if people walking up the road on the other side of the hedge can smell it, I hope so.

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Six on Saturday 8.1.2022

With one lovely sunny day on Wednesday , in a week of lots more rain, I was able to get into the garden and prepare the bed for snowdrop flowering which backs onto the woodland.  It was a pleasure to work in the fresh air and the sunshine coming through the trees and made such a change from all the grey, dreary days that we are having at the moment. We have also had our first frost, yipee!, and lots of flowers are now everywhere, they were just waiting to be kick started!

No 1   Camellia.

Last week I started off with one of just a couple of flowers which had opened on Camellia Donation, what a change this week.

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Six on Saturday. 1. 1. 22

I am now back from a few days away over Christmas visiting my daughter and her family, having had a wonderful time and being thoroughly spoilt with fantastic food each day. Driving there and back in torrential rain, mist and spray was rather worrying at the time  but when I got back, found the garden flooded once more, everywhere is absolutely sodden. In spite of this I managed to get out yesterday to take some photos and found a few surprises waiting for me.

No 1  Camellia Donation

While away, my camellia decided to open up quite a few of its flower buds.

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Six on Saturday 18.12.21

This week the weather has been very quiet in comparison to last week, almost no wind but mild and dull weather with just a little bit of sunshine, that I almost missed. Presents all wrapped and cards posted, cooking up to date and in the freezer in case I’m stuck here for the big event. We have been told that we could have snow next weekend as there is a cold front coming from the east and a warm front coming from the south west and they will meet over us, we have been told to beware! However, for now, here are my 6 for this week….

No 1  Iris unguicularis

One day this week I noticed just one flower…..

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Six on Saturday 11.12.21

The north wind that came with Storm Barra very kindly blew the leaves into the woodland, where they will still need clearing because of the snowdrops,  but maybe after Christmas. Almost all the leaves are down now, except for one stubborn oak tree which is determined to hang on for a bit longer! It is time for Six on Saturday once more but they are getting harder to find, here are mine…..

No 1  Winter Jasmine

Flowering away by the front door is the winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, which will flower for a few months, depending on how cold it gets.

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Six on Saturday 27. 11. 21

Our local weather forecaster told us that the storm would arrive at 3 am and become calmer by 9 am. I woke suddenly at 3.10 am and the noise of the wind howling through the trees was horrendous, I didn’t get much sleep after that and when it became light this morning there wasn’t a leaf to be seen, none on the lawn or the paving, they must have all blown into the woodland. not many left on the trees either! I’m so glad that I nipped out yesterday to take my photos for today,  my 6 are as follows….

No 1  Chaenomeles

More buds are opening in my chaenomeles hedge by the back door, there are so many buds which will keep opening all winter, as long as we don’t have a frost.

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November stars.

Usually the Acers are the stars of the October garden, but with our warm spell having lasted so long, this year it is November before they have reached their full finery. As the days have gone by the colours have changed, becoming a more fiery red and orange and when the sun has shone through the leaves they are like a stained glass window, wonderful.

To start with on the tall tree, which I think might be Acer plamatum, the change is very subtle and not very noticable.

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Six on Saturday 20.11.21

This week I had to search for things to put in my post, nothing was really jumping out at me. After a good wander round yesterday, I managed to find six for this weeks offering, nearly all were roses having their last fling before the frost comes tomorrow, here they are.

No 1 Rosa Bonica

The roses haven’t let me down, this is Rosa Bonica and still has lots of flowers on it. The mild weather is prolonging the flowering, frost due tomorrow though.

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Busy with the leaves

Last weekend I was busy, busy, busy with raking the leaves up. I keep telling myself that it is good for the waistline, but then my back tells me that I need a rest! Who do I listen to? Eventually I have to listen to my back and give it a rest for a while before I can continue, this means that not all the raking was done in a day, I had to spread it over 3 days. Thank goodness we are having a very quiet spell of weather at the moment with hardly any wind, so the lawns are now still relatively free of leaves for a change.

I’ve made a start in the back garden.

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Six on Saturday 13.11.21

We are still in the midst of a warm spell, warm for this time of year that is, we have also had a tiny bit of rain , but not very much this last week. The couple of nights frost last week have made such a difference to the leaves changing colour, no more frosts this week and non forecast for next week either. Leaves are now tumbling with every breath of wind so I will have to find the rake which hasn’t been used since last autumn!

My six for this week are…..

No 1  Iris foetidissima

When in flower, Iris foetidissima is a shy , unassuming plant, but what a difference when the seed pods form, they shout at you from wherever they are, you can’t miss them.

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