Six on Saturday… #Flowers

I think this is a wild rose, but not completely sure…

This is a Myrtle. It grows in my front garden, and people often stop to admire it!

This is a very old, friendly beetle and he seems to have made himself at home in our garden…

The tomatoes are flowering, we are looking forward to homegrown tomatoes!

The dwarf sunflowers have decided to flower after all…

This has to be the flower of the week, as we are really pleased with this display of sweetpeas!

#SixonSaturday is a lovely way to enjoy flowers. Learn all about it on The Propagator’s website.

Six on Saturday…

Sunflowers: I can’t believe how much they have grown!
Sweetpeas, with flowers already!

tomatoes: gonna be huge!

a new arrival!

Our only rose!

Plenty of berries for the birds!

I can’t believe how fast everything is growing, seems they like the heat.

I hope they continue to like it when the temperature soars this weekend!

I am posting an extra image today as I am fascinated by the developing buds on those sunflowers. I haven’t grown these before; they are a dwarf variety with multiple flowers…

Looks a bit alien, doesn’t it?

You can check in with Mr Propagator: at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com to see how an expert does #Six on Saturday.

I should get a lot of writing done this weekend, as I’m staying indoors, out of the heat.

Stay cool too, everyone!

Jaye

Another #Six on Saturday… and why ever not?

I don’t really need an excuse to walk around my garden, but after an incredibly busy week, I was more than glad to do it.

Always first on my visiting list are Acers.

This one is right outside my back door and is looking so bright and cheerful right now. There are such amazing colourways in acers, and I cannot get enough of them!

The second Acer lives at the bottom of my garden. A delightful pale green with delicate, lacy foliage. It started life as a bonsai but refused to be confined in a pot. It is now taller than I am!

Third is a creamy pale pink Rhododendron, just starting to burst into flower.

Evergreen, it has been one of the few patches of green in the garden. The only sign of life all winter long and these early flowers are a joy to see.

Fourth is another Rhododendron, a purple one. Always late, but well worth it. Those huge flower buds promise an amazing display this year…

Fifth is a tree I once found in a garden centre and fell in love with, which has never quite lived up to its promise. I didn’t realise it was supposed to be a column cherry, one that grows up and not out if you know what I mean. It is 8 feet tall now and as thin as a bean pole. Good for small gardens, I suppose. I love all the different varieties of cherry and I do love this one for trying, bless it…

Sixth and last on my visit is my bonsai Laburnum. I grew it from seed seven years ago, and it sometimes produces those amazing yellow flowers. I just love the leaves!

That was a quick visit, mainly because here in the UK, it is still very cold.

Hopefully, we have some warmth coming, as the jobs are piling up out there…

Jaye Marie

And Then It Snowed… #SixOnSaturday ~ #Flowers…

Luckily, I took these pictures just before the Siberian weather moved in…

We inherited this beautiful bush, so I have no idea what it is called. Usually first to bloom, it becomes a mass of white flowers. It is a weeping variety and seems determined to dominate the garden, although I don’t mind at all…

This magnolia was a gift a few years back. It still hasn’t made up its mind to thrive, so I was delighted to see these flower buds this year!

This Japanese Quince was once a bonsai, but it never thrived, so I planted it in the garden. Seems that was just what the doctor ordered!

I love Candytuft. You start with one and end up with loads. I am thinking of getting a pink one to keep him company!

This unusual Camelia has struggled since we introduced it, but the flowers are divine. Any ideas to improve its condition are very welcome. He will love you for it too…

Finally, my favourite bonsai is waking up. The leaves are still tiny, but the colour is so beautiful. I love Acers…

I wonder what I will find next Saturday?

#SixOnSaturday… @cavershamjj

When someone suggested that I take a look at my own garden to see if I could find six signs of life, I hesitated. Surely it was still too early? I have been so busy trying to avoid all the recent misery and depression, I had assumed that the rest of the world was doing the same.

At first, I resisted the urge to step outside and head for the garden, but gradually, curiosity took over and I had to have a look. Right outside my front door, I spotted the small green spikes of the dwarf daffodils, bravely pushing their way through the dark purple leaves of the bugle.

Dwarf daffodils

Beginning to feel a little more optimistic, I walked to the bottom of the garden where one of my favourite plants lives. A purple rhododendron, probably older than I am judging by the ancient branches, was sprouting big fat flower buds. Another welcome sign of Spring!

Rhododendron

Looking around, everything else looked dormant, and then I remembered the evergreen heather. Tucked away in one of the flower beds, hiding under the wisteria, it always seemed to be in flower. I hurried over to the spot, expecting to be disappointed only to be greeted by the usual display of the tiny lavender flowers. I was smiling now…

Heather

As I turned around not expecting to find anything else to smile at, I almost walked right the camelia. This has never managed to thrive but always flowers well with pale butter-yellow flowers. Suddenly, I couldn’t wait for the weather to warm up!

Camelia

That was four signs of Spring, but I needed two more.

As I passed the shelves of sleeping bonsai, my ancient azalea almost waved at me. I stood and stared at it in astonishment. This plant has never bloomed at this time of year before, always preferring the run-up to Christmas. This is a very special double white azalea, donated to me years ago in a very bad condition, and I could definitely see the white flower buds. Spring or Christmas, this would be a wonderful welcome!

Azalea

I still needed one more, and I racked my brains to think where any new growth could be hiding but came up empty. As I pondered, my gaze found my baby pine seedlings. Technically they are not brand new growth, having sprouted late last year but they have survived the frost and the bitter cold, so could I stretch a point and add them to the list?

Pine seedlings

I walked back indoors in a much better mood than before, and promptly turned my office into a battleground, achieving more progress in an hour than had been done in the last few weeks.

So thank you The Propagator Blog. wordpress.com for your suggestion…