Six on Saturday: Having a Ball

Having been forecast a damp day yesterday, it was a pleasant surprise to find the rain held off till mid-afternoon, leaving just grey skies for the day out we had planned. My order of bulbs from Peter Nyssen had arrived a couple of weeks previously and as the order is shared with a number of friends I have been making sure they were distributed as quickly as possible. One friend lives about 45 minutes drive away and as driving is increasingly difficult for them we decided to have a ‘day out’ and combine the bulb drop-off with a couple of visits. It seems such a long time since we have enjoyed such an activity and although there were still Covid-19 restraints to work around we enjoyed our visits to Bolsover Castle and Felley Priory. We have visited the latter before, but in snowdrop season, so it looked very different this time with the main borders still full of colour. I will try and post some photos in due course, but in the meantime readily admit to snapping up some very choice hellebores from their nursery, including the extremely attractive ‘Anja Oudolf’ – promoted at 2 for £20, I went to pay for two of them and was told they were just about to change this to 3 for £25, so of course I chose a third one as well…rude not to!!

Having escaped with just a few mm of rain yesterday, it seemed unlikely we would avoid the 24 hours of rain forecast for today, although at least it has only been persistent light rain, rather than the expected heavy showers – light, but still wet! Wet weather jobs were definitely recommended, and although I briefly considered planting the new hellebores, the few minutes spent planting out Uncinia rubra plug plants alongside the new ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ roses proved it wise to err on the side of caution and leave them for another (drier) day.

In the shelter of the greenhouse I potted on some Bellis perennis plugs, which will be added to pots once planted with tulips. Although a few flowers are already appearing on some of the plugs, as a whole they will flower over a very long period, some even continuing to provide extra colour in summer pots until the later plantings get established. Such a pretty plant, and such great value.

Also in the greenhouse I inspected the latest cuttings in the hydroponic propagator – it still astonishes me how quickly some of them root, just a few days for some of the salvias. I have avoided going overboard on cuttings in case garden openings are still limited next year, and I don’t want to be left with pots and pots of extra plants to keep watering if they are unlikely to be sold.

As the tomato plants in the greenhouse get closer to being removed, having a good clear out and tidy up would be a sensible activity before winter comes. As many pots as possible have been moved outside in recent weeks but, conversely, existing pots of young penstemon and salvias will need to be brought inside for protection. And it’s nearly time to sow the Winter Sunshine sweet peas which bring early pleasure and fragrance from April onwards:

The post title suggests I am having a ball – and indeed I am, as this ball is the start of another project – if my plan works that is, which it may not. Otherwise it will require the as yet unidentified Plan B…

So that’s my Wet Weather Six on Saturday, the meme hosted by Jon the Propagator who invites us to share six photos from our garden each Saturday, and posted through gritted teeth by means of the new WordPress ‘block editor’ which suddenly became the only means of posting, the old ‘classic editor’ now unavailable to those of us with a ‘’ blog. Alas and alack…

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19 Responses to Six on Saturday: Having a Ball

  1. You’ve been so busy! I bet you’re already anticipating what next year’s garden will look like!

  2. tonytomeo says:

    hmmm. . . does the next project involve concrete?

  3. Lots of new plants to come, always exciting.
    I keep meaning to ask do you keep your greenhouse heated over winter?

  4. croftgarden says:

    I had to smile at Bellis perennis – one gardeners wild flower is another’s perennial weed nightmare. they are very pretty and are welcome to flower all year round on the other side of the fence!

  5. Anna says:

    Oh it was similar weather here too on Friday Cathy but the most dire day you can imagine yesterday – it persisted down all day and probably most of the night! I wonder what you are up to now – does bursting that ball at some point come into it? Off to find out more about your new hellebore ‘Anja Oudolf’ as I’ve not heard of that particular variety. You did rather well with your purchases at those prices 😄 It sounds as if WordPress is on parallel lines with Blogger and most frustrating too!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, wet here all day Saturday too although not heavy – so I proceeded with the new project which probably will not include bursting the ball… Thankfully the new WP editor does seem to be reasonably user-friendly, although I had to Google how to add a picture the first time and how to schedule for my IAVOM post last night! It was the shock of it suddenly being the only method of posting as the last time they changed it you could still use the classic version in a roundabout way

  6. Oh, new Hellebores…now that is always fun! You’ve been busy with new plantings and clean-up. You have me intrigued about the ball…

  7. Cathy says:

    Oh, I am envious of those hellebores Cathy! No choice here at all, so I will end up ordering online and will just have to wait and see what turns up…
    Oh, and about the Classic Editor… I found by mistake that when you use the old WP dashboard and click on ‘Posts’ the ‘Add new’ button at the top of the page has an arrow next to it… click on that and you can select ‘Classic Editor’. I hope it works for you too. I suppose I should try the block editor some time in case the Classic is removed entirely one day!

    • Cathy says:

      And I was thrilled at the price of them, Cathy, as I have paid nearly that much for one choice hellebore on occasions!
      I investigated your suggestion about the Classic Editor and woohoo! it seems to work for me too!! 😃 I have gone in the ‘back door’ for years since they last changed the editor, going into WP Admin and then ‘add new post’, but that now brings me to the new editor. Clicking on ‘Posts’ instead we get to ‘add new post’ and the drop down choice of editor, just as you said! I am now in two minds as the new editor seems to be reasonably easy to use, although I messed up the scheduling as that was a bit different! Thank you so much for alerting me – now can both alert others if they would like to use the old one still

  8. Pádraig says:

    Three for 25? You chose well, a chara. And I love your excuse to go visiting & make a day out of it! Excellent!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, if we were driving any distance, we would always try and call in somewhere on the way, but it applies to things like non-urgent shopping too – just a basic economy of time!

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