Six on Saturday: A Week and More of Flowers

Blogging friend Cathy of Words and Herbs needed something to cheer herself up and, guessing that others might be feeling the same, suggested that from Sunday the 22nd through to Saturday the 28th of November we shared one or more photos a day of earlier seasons in our gardens to brighten up what could be a dreary time.

Several bloggers have risen to her challenge and I am combining my entry, August zinnias in the cutting beds with rudbeckia beyond, for its seventh day with Six on Saturday. Being reminded of brighter and often sunnier times in our gardens may well have seen spirits rise and brought on a rash of the warm fuzzies, but gardeners are generally made of strong stuff and will smile at these memories, before getting on with…

…bubblewrapping their greenhouses (yesterday, after the Golfer kindly and without being asked, cleaned the glass) to ensure seedlings and cuttings are nurtured over winter:

…digging up their dahlia tubers to keep them safe for the winter (over the last couple of weeks):

…beginning to empty their mature compost heaps and mulching their borders (a work in progress):

…counting their emerging snowdrops (tomorrow’s plan, now the map of the snowdrop border has been updated to take account of last season’s losses and gains):

…perusing catalogues, whether online or hard copies, for new purchases (a big bedding plant order finalised yesterday, in time for a discount):

…and a host of other on-going garden-related activities. And why? Because as film star and garden lover Audrey Hepburn famously said, ‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow’. And we do…

Please visit both Cathy and Jon’s blogs, at Words and Herbs and The Propagator respectively to find more Week of Flowers and Six on Saturday contributions.

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19 Responses to Six on Saturday: A Week and More of Flowers

  1. Cathy says:

    This is such a positive post Cathy. 😃 The garden and gardeners will carry on, whatever else happens in the world! Love the zinnias. And it looks like you are prepared for winter now. Have a great weekend!

    • Cathy says:

      I am glad you felt it was positive because that’s what I was aiming for – and I am sure we are all planning for our gardens next year in some way or another. I was so pleased to get my bedding plant order done as it had been festering for ages – and surprisingly, when I checked back, it was later than this that I bubblewrapped the greenhouse last year, despite heavier frosts

  2. I love zinnias and rudbeckias. Seedlings are new life, I really like them. Preparing everything for the winter, fantastic. Snowdrops are divine flowers that brighten up all winter: counting, hard work. Cathy thank you very much for Audrey Hepburn’s phrase: “planting a garden is believing in tomorrow”. It is very deep and true. Happy first weekend of Advent. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Galanthus already? That is hope in a nutshell!

    • Cathy says:

      My specials are always earlier than the commons, but most of them wouldn’t be emerging till December or January. This year even the commons are pushing through, which is VERY early…

  4. Anna says:

    Oh the Golfer is a treasure Cathy. Yes the garden never rests and there is always something to do. I’m debating whether to prick out some September sown seedlings this week – ammi, visnaga and scabious or to leave them until the end of February. I don’t bubblewrap my greenhouse although there is a little heater for below freezing nights for the snowdrops and fleece to hand. Your advice would be appreciated 😄 The snowdrops are distubingly early. Those were wise words from Audrey Hepburn indeed.

    • Cathy says:

      He is indeed – but he will be back playing golf on Wednesday so will have less time for doing treasurable activities…😉 I wouldn’t have thought your snowdrops would need any protection as they would survive OK outside and for the seedlings it is making they sure are not too damp – watering them as little as possible and yes, fleece overnight if temperatures drop but making sure it is removed next day. How small are the seedlings? I find that fresh compost is appreciated after a month or two so if they are big enough to prick out I would certainly do so.

      • Anna says:

        Thanks Cathy 😄 xxx. The seedlings are certainly big enough to prick out but I’ve never done this in December so am slightly wary of doing so. I have overwintered seedlings in the greenhouse before but have pricked them out earlier in the year when they were still in noticeable active growth. I wonder though whether their roots would suffer a setback if I did it now. I wouldn’t dream of fleecing the snowdrops unless the heater didn’t come on when the temperature is predicted to drop well below freezing. If the heater has been turned on earlier in anticipation of very low temperatures I always check that it is still on before retiring for the night. The fleece could then come to the rescue in a dire emergency. All snowdrops in pots are more vunerable than their outdoor counterparts planted in the garden as I found out in that cold winter of 2010/2011 when I still used to leave the potted snowdrops to overwinter outside 😭

        • Anna says:

          Forgot to say that I hope that the Golfer enjoys his return to golf 😃 Himself has surprised me by doing a couple of gardening jobs recently that hadn’t been suggested or even remotely hinted at. It must be catching!

          • Cathy says:

            Haha – that’s good to hear. Hurrah for Himself! Yes, the Golfer was happy as a sandboy yesterday but has come back early today without wielding a club as the rain was too persistent…🙄

        • Cathy says:

          Oh crikey, did you have huge losses that year…? 🙄 No wonder you are taking these precautions – would wet soil before the freeze have come into it? I have pricked out some very tiny seedlings (perennials) in the last couple of weeks which I normally wouldn’t have done, but they had been in the same soil in their trays for over a couple of months and I decided to risk it. I generally feel that if you can lift them with a little clump of compost the roots won’t be disturbed and they won’t notice the difference. So if it was me, I would chance it… (and you can blame me if you do the same and they turn up their toes!)

  5. Chloris says:

    Yes, well said. And it’s not just for tomorrow. A gardener should always garden as if he is going to live for ever. I planted a cedar tree in my last garden. I like to think that in 100 years time someone will be enjoying it even if I can’t go and look at it.

  6. Sharon says:

    Cathy – I have lifted my dahlia tubers and have a Blanc y Verde ready to dispatch to you. Please email me your address to

  7. tonytomeo says:

    I feel guilty about missing the week of flowers. Even if I had been aware, I would not have been able to participate. I do not even have time to write nowadays. (That is why so many of my articles are recycled.

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