Six on Saturday: Finding a Moment

It has been all hands on the deck in the garden (well, my two, and some of the time the Golfer’s too) recently, a combination of available time, decent gardening weather and an unwritten list that is as long as the arms attached to the aforementioned hands. We have a group visit to the garden in less than 4 weeks and the first of our open days in just over 5 weeks, so these are approaching rapidly. Planting out has been my priority and as of today almost everything has been planted out, either in the cutting beds or pots or stuffed into one of the borders. The first of my Six is therefore an almost empty Greenhouse:

A far cry from the stuffed-to-the-gunnels position of a few weeks ago! All that is left at this end of the working greenhouse are some dahlias grown from seed which will be for sale, and a second sowing of calendula and helichrysum. The front end is still productive with pots of tomatoes and the lovely Winter Sunshine sweet peas, which I could pick a posy of almost every day. I am so pleased I mixed the shades of these sweet peas instead of keeping the colours separate as they are more pleasing to the eye like this.

Number 2 is the Pots and Tubs that have benefited from the emptying of the greenhouse and I have been through nearly 8 bags of compost in recent weeks as I refresh the soil in them before planting them up. I planned the contents last November and ordered or sowed accordingly, which has made planting up easier as it has been less ‘ad hoc’. I now have a chart with all the containers and what I had planned to plant in them which can form a reference point for future years, subject to amendments. I underestimated what was needed for the group of square pots on the paved area so added some ‘spare’ Busy Lizzies and the bellis I had just removed and look forward to seeing the full effect in due course:

Elsewhere, two shades of calibrachoa I ordered are too similar to each other and a different variety or a rethink is needed, but hopefully a month’s growth will see most pots and containers flourishing by the time our visitors arrive in June. The same goes for the rest of the garden where Buds (number 3) are popping up all over the place, promising abundance throughout. Who could fail to admire buds on oriental poppies(top right), and look at the height of these Allium ‘Summer Drummer’ (left), a new variety from Peter Nyssen which are now mostly about as tall as me? And where has Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ (bottom right) been for the last couple of seasons? Buds on Clematis ‘Kingfisher’ and an unnamed delphinium (below) promise a pleasing combination in a few weeks time too.

For the time I have used Bark (number 4) on one of the borders, in this case the shrub border which is not stuffed in the same way that other borders are; it certainly makes it look neater although I suspect some of the bark will find its way onto the paths in due course. I put off laying the bark for a couple of weeks until crocus foliage could be removed, and will repeat the exercise under the apple and holly trees once narcissus and bluebells have died back enough.

The Golfer comes in at number 5 with a collection of Bits, having decided in the course of tarting up the mangle and the old mower to dismantle the latter for ease of tarting…I am not so sure, but hey ho….

Number 6 is your current weekly dose of Wisteria (W floribunda ‘Magenta’), which you can see from the first picture is well on its way to flowering peak. Since we repainted the house two years ago the colour of the blooms does not seem to stand out as much as it used to, even though it is painted the same colour, and the contrast is more noticeable when you look down the shadier side of the house where we have been blessed with a loaded branch of dangling blooms for the first time ever:

So that’s my six, and I am grateful to Jon the Propagator for giving me and other bloggers the opportunity of showcasing them in his meme.

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24 Responses to Six on Saturday: Finding a Moment

  1. Lisa says:

    You have an amazing wisteria. It looks very happy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – it amazes me how well some canflower without pruning but I will continue to prune mine twice a year as I know it will flower well when I do

  2. Pauline says:

    Your wisteria is so beautiful, relly stunning! everything else looks so organised ready for your opening.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – and yes, we are getting there although somehow it seems more ‘last minute’ than before. Probably isn’t though!

  3. Heyjude says:

    The wisteria is gorgeous! Beautifully trained! I’ve been busy re-potting plants today, your idea of writing down what goes in each container is a good one! And I like bark under my trees, seems to stop weeds too which is a good thing.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – I enjoy the ritual of pruning the wisteria. Yes, I am hoping to keep weeds down with the bark – no point in the main birderscas they are so stuffed full you can’t see any weeds underneath!

  4. Wow, you’ve really made progress! Doesn’t that feel good?! I can’t say the same–I’m only about half done with the planting out. This week! It will happen! πŸ˜‰

    • Cathy says:

      I started planting out towards the end of April, taking the risk there may be frost, but there was so much to plant out I knew I would have to do it over a longer period. Such a relief to get it all done now we need some rain!

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Your wisteria is gorgeous draping down the side of the house. You do find yourself in the middle of big projects. I hope you get the mower back together. I am really good at taking things apart but putting them back together is often the trick.

  6. Ali, The Mindful Gardener says:

    It is lovely to take all of the plants out of the greenhouse, and set them free, isn’t it? It’s interesting what you say about bark as a mulch – I hadn’t realised (though I suppose it makes sense) that it is relatively low in nutrients. It presumably releases them very slowly over time. I try to vary my mulch, though it is tempting to use manure every year, as the plants love it so much!

    • Cathy says:

      I am using the bark as a weed suppressant and to make the areas look tidier. It is interesting to see the effect of using manure as a mulch in the autumn, which I have not done before – heucheras in particular have never looked as good. Not sure if I will do it every year though – the borders will just get higher and higher! It has been quite a long process planting things out and I have washed all my cell trays as I went along so sometimes have had 20 or 30 to wash at a time…all worth it though.

  7. You have been busy! Lovely to see sweet peas already.

  8. Cathy has a lot of work with opening your garden to the public. I wish you good luck: it will be a success. I love your Wisteria. I’m glad you’ve planted everything you had in the Greenhouse. It is a very good idea to write down what is planted in each pot and plan it before planting the seeds. I love Sweet Peas. Greetings from Margarita.

  9. Chloris says:

    Your wisteria is breathtaking. I love Calibrachoa too, even though I can never remember how to spell it. It comes in so many jewel colours. It is such a relief to empty the greenhouse at last and get the tender plants out.

    • Cathy says:

      I am just learning how to pronounce the ‘c’ word so the spelling will have to come later. It’s my first time growing it this year – encouraged by your success last year πŸ™‚

  10. Noelle says:

    Thank goodness for chaps that are handy!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, of course, and I do humour him by asking him to do things for me that I could easily do myself – partly because he likes to be useful and also because I have lots of plant related jobs to do!

  11. Anna says:

    Methinks that your working greenhouse will not be on the empty side for long Cathy πŸ˜€ I have heard of calibrachoa but I’m not sure what they are so that’s one for me to look up. Hope that the mower doesn’t play up when it comes to being put back together. The creeping round the corner wisteria must make your heart beat faster.

    • Cathy says:

      Calibrachoa used to be called Million Bells, Anna – they certainly look promising and I don’t know why I have never grown them before. Yes, so many exciting goings-on in the garden just now

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, I never saw the wisteria on the side. Does it originate from the far corner?

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