It is time for Six on Saturday, hosted by Jonathon @thepropagatorblog. Why not take a look at his blog and join in with a garden-related, six-themed post?
Sadly, I didn’t get much gardening done this week with the cold, wet weather we’ve been having, but I did manage to break my vow not to buy tulips this year. I made that pledge because I didn’t think I could take seeing the bulbs gradually replaced by holes as they get steadily devoured by mice and voles and possibly squirrels! Why did I do it then? Well, I guess I am an optimist/fool maybe … and I have this new patch of bare ground you see. Anyhow, it is hard to resist another try, especially when I get loads of daily emails telling me that these bulbs are now half price etc. So I caved (only a little – one order). I’ve planted the tulips in holes strewn with garlic leaves and I’ve chicken-wired the tops of the potted ones for the time being. Fingers-crossed.
And so, to my Six:
1 The Echium Forest
Firstly, snow did indeed reach us in Cambridge, albeit briefly. It made our echium stand look pretty dramatic. I am hoping they make it through the winter in a vertical configuration. Some are beginning to lean a bit though.
2 Hippeastrum ‘Bogota’
I can never tell when my saved amaryllis lilies will bloom. My favourite one, Hippeastrum ‘Bogota’, is in flower now. A year ago it was the final one to flower! It grows very tall and on Tuesday I came back from shopping to see two sheepish faces at the door, telling me they had no idea what happened, but they had cleared up the mess. Yeap, the pot was in pieces and the bulb and flower were propped up against a table leg. I’ve cut the flower for a vase and the bulb is in a new pot. That’s life!
3 Begonia propagation
Amazingly, I’ve succeeded in keeping an indoor begonia rex alive for 2-3 years now. I am so pleased, as I love it’s spiralling, two-tone leaves and admire them often. I, not so cleverly, knocked a couple of leaves off opening the curtains a couple of weeks back. It became an opportunity to see if I could root a new plant. I suspended the leaf with its stem just dipping into some water (the leaf conveniently overhangs the glass edges). I noticed this week that roots are starting to form. I’ll let them get a bit longer and then pot it up. I hadn’t realised it was quite so easy.
4 Saving seeds from Euphorbia marginata
After the first frosts hit, I made a point of checking and gathering any seeds I could find of an annual euphorbia that I tried for the first time this year, Euphorbia marginata aka ‘Snow in the Mountains’. It turned out to be an easy and winning annual to grow. I paired it with dusty blue ageratum (see inset) and was fairly pleased with the combination. Now that the seed pods are dried, I’ve been opening them and retrieving the large round seeds for storage.
5 The Oca are nearly ready
In the vegetable patch, our Oca crop (that I’m trying for a second year from saved tubers) has now completely succumbed to frosts and is at the stage of development when all the goodness is being pull back into the tubers. You are supposed to leave them for a further couple of weeks, after which you can lift and store the crop. Last year we had only enough for one family meal, but I am hopeful for a lot more this time.
6 Lady Emma Hamilton is still warming our hearts, if not our hands
Several of our roses are still flowering, including the delightful Lady Hamilton. You’ve got to love her warming glow, especially on a cold day like today.
Well, that’s all folks. I hope that you are having a good weekend!