Six on Saturday – 20th January 2018

Six on Saturday 20th January 2018. Plants, plant, garden, gardens, tree, trees, euonymus europaeus, spindle, spindle tree, maple, field maple, umbellifer, winter, woodland, woods, garden blog, garden blog meme, primrose, evergreen, holly, tellima, hellebore, helleborus, helleborus foetidus, bamboo, grasses.

Joining in with this popular garden bloggers meme

The Six on Saturday meme was started by The Propagator and you can find links to other garden bloggers taking part in the comments on his weekly posts.

January marks the beginning of the calendar year but in the garden, it’s as if the starting whistle wasn’t heard. Nothing really changes pre and post Christmas. You get a little more day length but the colder temperatures hold progress back. The new sowing year gets going in February for me so January is typically a waiting month.

That being said, there are signs of a turn in the year: we have our first spring flowers.

ONE

Six on Saturday 20th January 2018. Plants, plant, garden, gardens, tree, trees, euonymus europaeus, spindle, spindle tree, maple, field maple, umbellifer, winter, woodland, woods, garden blog, garden blog meme, primrose, evergreen, holly, tellima, hellebore, helleborus, helleborus foetidus, bamboo, grasses.
Hellebore

I love Hellebores. We did have a pure white form from Hill House Nursery but I’ve yet to see any sign that it has survived our absence from the garden. I need more.

TWO

Six on Saturday 20th January 2018. Plants, plant, garden, gardens, tree, trees, euonymus europaeus, spindle, spindle tree, maple, field maple, umbellifer, winter, woodland, woods, garden blog, garden blog meme, primrose, evergreen, holly, tellima, hellebore, helleborus, helleborus foetidus, bamboo, grasses.
Flowering currant

I have deliberately kept the photo small, my photography skills haven’t made it into the new year it seems. This flowering currant got a brutal hacking when we came back to the garden so I’m pleased to see it’s forgiven me and will put on a good show this year.

THREE

Six on Saturday 20th January 2018. Plants, plant, garden, gardens, tree, trees, euonymus europaeus, spindle, spindle tree, maple, field maple, umbellifer, winter, woodland, woods, garden blog, garden blog meme, primrose, evergreen, holly, tellima, hellebore, helleborus, helleborus foetidus, bamboo, grasses.
Black Bamboo

The black bamboo I have in my large containers remains weedy and sulky. The one in the ground is earning its place better with lovely dark glossy stems.

FOUR

Six on Saturday 20th January 2018. Plants, plant, garden, gardens, tree, trees, euonymus europaeus, spindle, spindle tree, maple, field maple, umbellifer, winter, woodland, woods, garden blog, garden blog meme, primrose, evergreen, holly, tellima, hellebore, helleborus, helleborus foetidus, bamboo, grasses.
Snowdrops

These little plants seem to be struggling. They come up every year, and I’ve planted more a few years ago to boost their numbers, but they are always short and small so I’m not sure they’re overly happy here.

FIVE

Six on Saturday 20th January 2018. Plants, plant, garden, gardens, tree, trees, euonymus europaeus, spindle, spindle tree, maple, field maple, umbellifer, winter, woodland, woods, garden blog, garden blog meme, primrose, evergreen, holly, tellima, hellebore, helleborus, helleborus foetidus, bamboo, grasses.
Lasagne pot

There’s progress in the lasagne pots. Digging through bulbs when planting in the borders is a real bugbear of mine so instead, I group my spring bulbs all in three large terracotta pots.

SIX

Six on Saturday 20th January 2018. Plants, plant, garden, gardens, tree, trees, euonymus europaeus, spindle, spindle tree, maple, field maple, umbellifer, winter, woodland, woods, garden blog, garden blog meme, primrose, evergreen, holly, tellima, hellebore, helleborus, helleborus foetidus, bamboo, grasses.
Primroses

The primroses are still flowering but they look a little battered by the storms and frosts we’ve had over the past 4 weeks.

So that’s my Six on Saturday. Please join in to mark the changes in your garden over the year.

7 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 20th January 2018

  1. My white hellebores is flowering but the foliage has taken a battering from the weather. The camelias, however, have loved the rain some flowering and some in bud but all have grown substantially this year. Same goes for the griselinia which was cut back late last year but has gone mad again.Our garden has flooded four or five times in past weeks so not sure how spring bulbs will fair. I would expect daffs to be flowering by now but most are not even showing. Tulips are due later but no sign of them at all.
    In the poly the root cuttings of heuchera I did last autumn have all taken and growing well. Started a few seeds in the conservatory which are just coming through. Just pleased to be able to do something fed up with the wind and rain .

  2. That hellebore is something else. No problem w/your camera skills taking that photo. I’ve been contemplating lasagna pots for a coupla seasons now, but it seemed a bit labour intensive in terms of rejuvenating the pot each year PLUS the possibility of mixing up bulb types during the process. Is that the case? Would love a pot of bulbs I could plant & let it knock itself out over a longer blooming period than most bulb pots.

    1. Thank you Lora. We first did a pot in 2014 – by last year it was a lot of foliage and not as much flower and needed to be redone this year. So you might get 2-3 good years out of them without needing to do too much with them at all.

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