Six Signs of Spring on Saturday, and an Anniversary

I missed Six on Saturday last week, running out of time after an afternoon visit to Ashwood Nurseries and John’s Garden there, although in hindsight I could have cobbled something together from the few photos I had taken. You will be surprised, as I was, to learn that no purchases were made (other than a cup of tea)…

Today, with more than enough to share I shall stick to some of the many signs of spring, evident in time for the vernal equinox tomorrow, although the meteorological first day of spring was back on the 1st of March. First are the snakeshead fritillaries in the woodland (above), the buds now encouraged to open by the warm sunshine filtering through the bare canopy of the trees in the spell of sunny weather we are enjoying. Today they have been joined by the first wood anemones, just beginning to add the white threads to their green carpet.

In the blue & white borders there are now blue splishes and splashes to add a bit of colour – clockwise from top left: Anemone blanda, muscari, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and a relocated hyacinth

Hellebores are at their peak now, standing out above the foliage of spent snowdrops, confirming my belief that you can’t have too many of them. Most are in the woodland edge border, and this view gives you an idea of what they look like ‘en masse’:

It’s wonderful to see old friends starting to reappear in the borders, as fresh foliage of herbaceous perennials push their way through in preparation for another year’s display – but perhaps some are less welcome than others as I seem to have an excessive thicket of allium leaves which are unlikely all to produce blooms. The tedious task of pulling out allium seedlings when they are still tiny suddenly looks a more inviting prospect, but in the meantime I am not sure how best to deal with the current tangle…

More pleasing is the remarkably quick growth of the potted lilies which have been overwintering in the greenhouse; some were already poking their noses through when I scraped the top few inches of soil off and added slow-release fertiliser and fresh compost, but that was a little over a week ago and they have shot up since then, as you can see. Hopefully I can get them hardened off soon to clear space in the greenhouse. Sadly, the same growth spurt is not evident in my overwintered dahlias which show no signs of activity yet, despite often being seen before the end of March.

My sixth contribution to Jon the Propagator’s Saturday meme is another sure sign of the approaching new season, a flower bud on one of the early clematis, C alpina ‘Pamela Jackman’ (notice the fine down covering). Having lost some of my C alpinas in recent years, I added to their number earlier this year, but Pamela is one of the remaining established ones and no doubt she will be fully open within the coming week.

Having carelessly lost a number of days in March it was a shock when I turned the page in my garden diary today and realised that it was Rambling in the Garden’s blogging anniversary today – not just any anniversary, but its TENTH! I would normally prepare a post in recognition of this, but that’s not going to happen this time, so I shall just thank Friend R who suggested blogging in the first place and all of you out there who read the blog, especially those who regularly comment and who I regard as blogging friends. My life is all the richer for the shared experience…



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26 Responses to Six Signs of Spring on Saturday, and an Anniversary

  1. Happy TENTH! I am glad you blog, IAVOM is such fun. Love the Fritillary, hopefully spelled right..there is a butterfly here by that name Gulf Fritillary.

  2. Su says:

    Happy Tenth! Your clematis is full of promise.

  3. Rosie Amber says:

    So many lovely flowers in your garden. I do like the clematis bud, a super photo.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Rosie, growth of things in the garden is really beginnng to accelerate now, with milder temperatures and longer days

  4. Kris P says:

    Congratulations on your 10th anniversary, Cathy!

  5. Heyjude says:

    All looking good in the garden. I seem to have a lot of Allium leaves this year too! I usually pull them off once the flower stem appears. Doesn’t seem to affect them. And happy 10th blogoversary! I hope you raised a glass or two and had a piece of cake to celebrate. Like you I find the interaction on the blogs is so much the best part. πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – a stomach bug would have put paid to any real celebrations had there been any (better now, thankfully)!! I know I pulled a few leaves off the alliums last year so it’s interesting to hear you what you say and I might take the risk and remove more of them this time

  6. Happy spring! You have so many beautiful blooms going there. We are getting close, but only snowdrops so far. I’m so looking forward to the Hellebores blooming, too.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beth – the garden is certainly beginning to wake up now! Hope your hellebores won’t be long – mine are glorious now!

  7. Happy Anniversary Cathy! I share your Allium conundrum…this is definitely the year I’ll be pulling some of the seedlings out. Or maybe deadheading before the flowers start to drop seeds…

  8. Cathy says:

    Happy tenth anniversary Cathy!!! May you see many more years of keeping us happy observing your garden (and entertaining us with your vases!). That clematis is luscious. I don’t have any alpinas at all. Oh dear … there you go again, inspiring me to spend more money!

  9. Pauline says:

    How could you resist not buying anything at Ashwood Nurseries! I would never have managed that, in fact each time I have visited, usually on my way south on the M5, after visiting up north, too many plants have jumped into the back of the car!

    • Cathy says:

      Ah well, I had had 4 hellebores from them by mail order only a week or two beforehand, so that’s why – but I did dither over another of their Evolution series and actually went back for it, but it had gone… πŸ˜‰

  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I am relieved to read that your Dahlias are not up yet – I thought I might have killed mine off! However it was an excuse to buy some more!

    • Cathy says:

      I notoced a teeny shoot on one of mine yesterday, though, so it’s a start – but I need to remind myself that they probably need to start sending out new fibrous roots first and I shouldn’t be rushing them….πŸ˜‰

  11. Cathy says:

    Congratulations Cathy! Ten years is a long time, but hasn’t it flown by? πŸ˜ƒ That clematis bud is absolutely perfect. Hopefully a sign for a good gardening year! πŸ˜‰

  12. Happy Tenth Anniversary!

  13. PΓ‘draig says:

    Oh wow! Ten years blogging is a fantastic achievement, Cathy. Here’s to the next ten.
    The clematis is stunning.

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Padraig – and obviously I am ten years older too and we know how much more quickly time goes when we age…πŸ˜‰

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