#SixOnSaturday: New friends

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been a bit preoccupied by trying to get my head round going back to work, and last week’s #SixOnSaturday was a casualty of that. But I’ve got a bit more headspace this weekend, and there’s lots of lovely growth in the garden so we’re back on track!

There have been a couple of days this week when it’s felt genuinely spring-like, a situation matched by activity in the garden. Today #SixOnSaturday features plants that are celebrating firsts!

These two hellebores have been in the garden for a couple of winters but this is the first time they’ve flowered. They were bought as part of a 10-for-£10 job lot and weren’t individually named so I’ve no idea what they are! They’re both quite subtle – at the moment – and I’m particularly enjoying the green flowers.

This is my first ever snowdrop, galanthus nivalis! I bought a collection of three varieties (nivalis, elwesii and Flora Pleno) from Sarah Raven and so far there’s a reassuring amount of foliage. I know that typically snowdrops don’t tend to do as well from dry bulbs as they do planted in the green, but even if they don’t all grow – let alone flower – the signs are that I have the makings of the start of a collection. And I promise I’m not going to succumb to galanthophilia.

On the subject of plants I’m growing for the first time, here’s my Timperley Early rhubarb! I LOVE rhubarb – particularly combined with ginger, obviously – and it’s going to be a bit of a trial resisting the temptation to harvest and eat this year’s growth. But resist I must! It’ll be interesting to see how it does in a pot.

Along with the snowdrops I bought quite an array of daffodil, tulip and allium bulbs in the autumn so there are now green shoots springing up everywhere! Inevitably, I can’t quite remember what went where, but all the new daffs are white varieties, the alliums are a mixture of purples and whites (I think!) and the tulips – which are all in pots – are bold pinks, purples and oranges. I’m hoping that between them they’ll provide great colour all the way through spring and into early summer.

Head to The Propagtor‘s blog to see what’s going on in other gardens in the UK and beyond!

This week at Launde Abbey

My plan is to continue prioritising my time at Launde Abbey as I return to work simply because it’s been so good for my mental and physical health over the last six months. I’m also finding that it’s helping me stay connected with the need to work out what I really want to do work-wise.

The last two weeks we’ve been focused on late winter tidying, a job that obviously didn’t get done last year because of COVID and Launde’s decision not to allow volunteers back until much later in the summer. So there’s a huge amount to do, but the flip side is that you can certainly see what you’ve done!

There are carpets of snowdrops everywhere, and clumps of daffodils and bluebells are starting to push their way into the sunlight too.

That’s all from me this week! Enjoy the longer days – those of you in the northern hemisphere – and happy gardening!


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