Six on Saturday: Promises

It was only 2 or 3 weeks ago that I replaced and replenished the soil in the pots of hostas that are clustered by the sunken area and most of the occupants were still tentatively pushing themselves above the surface as I did so; now, however, they are flaunting their new growth with the gayest of abandon, full of the joys of spring. Even more advanced are those down the side of the house which have a shadier location and which did not suffer the ignominy of being stripped naked and repotted this year – but their turn will come in due course.

Generally, the hostas here are less likely to be attacked by slimy slugs possibly, I think, because they are not adjacent to other fresh and juicy foliage; despite the more arid conditions there are still slugs and snails lurking as almost all of my miniature hostas have been visited as well as has this, my oldest and most mature specimen:

I promise they will not get away with it though, and as well as the ‘safer’ variety of slug pellets I am trying nematodes for slugs this year too, and shall report back in due course. The best prevention method seems to be to have a long dry summer…

Two weeks ago on SOS I showed a patch of epimedium where I had just cut back the old foliage; this was only the second time I had ever carried out such task, having learned the first time round that doing so promises fresh growth in return – and here it is, not bad in a fortnight…

Almost all the roses are sporting buds including, sadly, Rambling Rector which looks as if it will be exceedingly early this year and thus miss all our garden visitors in June – hey ho… At least there should be plenty of others to enjoy and I could fill this post with promising rose buds but will just show a few of those on new rose ‘Katharina Zeimet’ alongside promising new clematis ‘Amber’:

This is an early clematis but I have added several C viticella in recent years and it always amazes me how much growth they make after having being cut to the ground each year, always with the promise of an increasing number of blooms. Here is C viticella ‘Rosalyn’, only in her third season:

The woodland quickly changes as the season progresses and is now clothed in bluebells and wild garlic – I love the contrast of blue and white but the speed at which the garlic multiplies is a little alarming and although I take the precaution of removing all the flower heads before they set seed they still seem to promise an exponential increase in progeny…

It took a number of years before this pretty pink hawthorn bore any flowers at all but now it promises a veritable froth of pink each year. When we planted it we had already moved self-seeded hollies and hazels to this boundary as there was no physical demarcation other than a post and wire fence, but with the addition of a fence by our neighbour these have been removed and the sensibility of such a potentially large tree here has become questionable. Its days, I think, are numbered, but when it is in full bloom as it will be shortly I suspect I may be having second thoughts…

The May garden here will always be one of great promise and the gradual colouring-up of the wisteria will always, I suspect, be May’s biggest event. I showed the off-shoot growing down the side of the house last Saturday but as I check on the progress of the main display on the back elevation I find myself wondering if this year promises to be the most floriferous ever. Flowering is certainly going to be earlier than usual, compared to the usual peak flowering toward the end of the month – so watch this space!

With thanks to Jon the Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday

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20 Responses to Six on Saturday: Promises

  1. Oh no! What a shame the slugs found your hosta! I’ve been told they don’t like wood as so you sprinkle a circle around your plant, But I see you have a slatelike stone to cover the soil can they slither over that? What about something coarser? Even better… she says with a wicked smile of revenge… an electric wire around the top of the pot…. not… that would hurt other wildlife… sigh… good luck and hope you find a solution

    • Cathy says:

      So far most of the hostas are untouched but sadly it could change at any time… There are slate chippings in all the pots, but sadly it doesn’t deter them. I do tell myself that they have their uses – like breaking down waste material in the compost and feeding the birds!

  2. Heyjude says:

    Such a shame about the hosta. I have slathered vaseline around the rim of my pot in the hope it stops the slimy b***ers from climbing in, and I am keeping the pot away from any other vegetation this year. The snails are on the move too it seems as several of my lilies have been well munched.

    • Cathy says:

      Does the vaseline work? I think slugs here abseil in from above… 😉

      • Heyjude says:

        First time using the vaseline. So far no damage, but very early days… I have noticed snails climbing in from other vegetation so this year I have moved the pot well away from anything else!

  3. Oh it will be interesting to hear whether the nematodes are effective Cathy. Those pesky molluscs seem to find the tastiest morsels in the garden yet leave weeds completely unscathed 😢 I like your pink flowered hawthorn. One of my favourite spring sights is just down the road from here and is a spot where a pink and white hawthorn grow entwined together.

    • Cathy says:

      And yet if we are relatively slug free we won’t be absolutely sure of the reason… A true pink hawthorn is such a magnificent sight although in the Midlands there are a lot of wishy washy hybrids too

  4. Impressive recovery by your epimedium!

    • Cathy says:

      I was so reluctant to cut them last year but now know how quickly they produce their new foliage – astonishingly so!

  5. Cathy I love your Hostas, you have a good collection: I also have planted on the ground one for about 8 years and it is huge. The epimedium has grown! The Forest I love with its blue bells and wild garlic. The hawthorn is wonderful. The Wisteria promises a great bloom! Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      I am so glad you have a lovely mature hosta, Margarita – big clumps of hostas always look beautiful

      • Cathy planned to plant another one this year when she goes to the country house, depending on where she is, because it is a dark corner and I would like to use it for a hydrangea. Because I do not have sitos in the full shade and I love hydrangeas. I am undecided. Greetings from Margarita.

  6. Lora Hughes says:

    Your hostas have given me a scare – the S&S have left my single hosta alone so far this year so I’ve not gotten around to slug proofing it (ha!), but today, it gets its protection put into place. I’ve found a new love in Amber, too!

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Sorry I got here so late. I probably won’t get to you post today. I have never been this far behind.

  8. Cathy says:

    Your pink hawthorn is lovely. A shame it may have to go. I do envy you all that wild garlic! It just doesn’t want to grow for me. We love wild garlic petso or soup. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      I am amazed that wild garlic sulks for you – it multiplies exponentially in the woodland although thankfully has not escaped to anywhere else in the garden. I probably only started with 50 bulbs or so…

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