Six on Saturday: Love My Garden

Visitors to the garden sometimes ask what my favourite time of year is, a question I find impossible to answer as each season has its merits and I love every one of them.

Spring certainly has its merits, not just for its seasonal blooms like wood anemones and  the coming into growth of over-wintered treasures like the delicious mounds of sedum and determined spikes of hosta:

Everything seems to conspire to bring about an air of busy-ness, not just in the garden, like the sudden bursting open of buds on apple and crab apple, like M ‘Evereste’ and M ‘Royalty’ , but for the gardener too, with seasonal tasks like pruning, feeding and tying-in taking on a new attraction amidst the seemingly more enjoyable and gratifying jobs like seed-sowing, because they are a means to a better end in the longer run.

Sometimes one task leads to another, like annual lopping of the glorious coloured stems of cornus and adding them into supports for the outdoor sweet peas, which were planted out yesterday.

Behind the sweet peas are several trays of other annuals, hardening off, and with the absence of forecasted frost in the next fortnight planting out will begin in the cutting beds before long.

Another seasonal task carried out has been the pruning of winter honeysuckle, to encourage new growth for an abundance of flowers next year; the pruned stems were festooned with mostly unripe fruits, just a few having ripened into the delightful red hearts like the one featured at the beginning of this post – perhaps next year I will delay pruning and admire the quirky berries for a little longer…

This seasonal post links into Jon the Propagator’s Saturday meme, where no doubt other UK contributors will have been enjoying the recent lovely weather, like these tulips T ‘Exotic Emperor’ clearly are:


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14 Responses to Six on Saturday: Love My Garden

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Some people who ask that question do not enjoy gardening; and some assume that Spring is the best time of year. I think that they would understand more if they indulged in gardening.

  2. bcparkison says:

    A garden for all seasons would be my choice.

  3. Rosie Amber says:

    Every time I here a bee it makes me smile, so I understand your love of the business of Spring.

  4. The first image is perfect.

  5. Heyjude says:

    I have to confess spring is my favourite season purely because I love to see things springing back into life, the joy of spring bulbs and the fresh green of new shoots and leaves.

    • Cathy says:

      There is certainly an abundance of growth, which quickly accelerates and won’t stop now till the autumn I suppose

  6. Noelle says:

    I love Spring, because it is a looking forward, a season of expectation, and for small people still being able to see views in the countryside through hedges and seeing the structure of trees, but then I could explain why almost every week is perfect. I like the way one activity leads to another, and reusing cutting backs in the garden is a great activity.

  7. Cathy says:

    It is a wonderful time of the year for those with gardens especially, and I understand completely how yours can bring you such pleasure. The rituals and repetition of annual jobs is comforting. Nature just carries on, regardless! The honeysuckle berries are sweet – I have never seen them before. I am wary of cutting back my cornus stems… they still look so lovely. But it will have to be done soon!

    • Cathy says:

      I am always loathe to cut down the cornus too, but they were all but fully leaved so really needed to be done – and I know from experience how much they will grow again…

  8. Pauline says:

    I used my cornus stems last year for making arches to prop up my peonies and think that 90% of them rooted, it was a job getting them out! Spring is a wonderful time of year but I’m aiming for a 12 month garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Ha! 😁 I was rather hoping some of those on last year’s sweet pea support might have rooted, to give me some plants to sell – but they didn’t 🙄

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