#SixOnSaturday: New beginnings

This week’s #SixOnSaturday is a bit of a mish-mash, but, given that the last couple of weeks have also been a bit of a mish-mash, that seems appropriate really!

Wallflowers (erysimum) are dominating the garden at the moment. I can’t remember where the pale yellow variety in the main image came from, just that this is now at least its third spring and possibly its fourth. I love the combination of the pink, blue and yellow of the wallflowers and the grape hyacinths (muscari).

I bought the hydrangea macrophylla (top right) last year precisely because of the remarkable colour of the foliage. I even paid full price for it, which is almost unheard of for me! I think the leaves turn greener as they mature and the flowers are a dark red. None of my hydrangeas flowered last summer and I think, on reflection, that’s because I didn’t water them anywhere near enough. So I’ll attempt to remedy that this summer.

The seedlings are cornflower Blueball, which I’m growing for the cutting patch on the allotment.

I don’t know the variety of either the hosta or the fern!

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

Louise’s Adventures in Waddesdon

My new office…

Yesterday I went back to Waddesdon Manor for my induction day. In stark contrast to my interview experience, the weather was glorious and I felt like I got a much better idea of just how special the gardens are.

I met a few of the gardening team and got a bit of a ‘behind the scenes’ tour, including a visit to the compost heap!!

Although it’s an unpaid internship, I get accommodation – essentially decent student digs – which means I’ll be dividing my time almost equally between Waddesdon and Leicester, travelling down to Bucks on a Sunday evening and back after work on Wednesday.

I will, of course, be looking after my own slightly more modest garden (!!) and my allotment as well so it’s going to be interesting to see how that all works itself out! I’m trying to think about things like a watering regime and looking after seedlings, as well as figuring out how to organise hardening plants off before they go in the garden.

It’s possible I’ve set myself up for failure on a massive scale; keep everything crossed for me!!!!

A friend asked me this morning whether I’m planning to blog about my time at the Manor. The short answer is that I’d like to; the slightly longer one is that it’ll depend on how I get on with juggling a life that’s like to be a touch more complicated for a little while!

I suspect that my contributions to #SixOnSaturday are likely to be a little more sporadic but we’ll see how things go!

Whatever your gardening endeavours look like this weekend, I hope you enjoy them!


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