This has been a difficult and emotional week for most of us. Covid-19 has occupied our thoughts, and there’s been no escaping from it. My husband and I are social distancing because of our age. Having to physically distance ourselves from our family is tough and I can tell you that many tears have been shed this week.
My place of solace has been the garden and fortunately, we’ve had sunshine during most of this week (though cold!). We’ve spent much of those days in the garden, and that’s the plan for the coming weeks. We’ll work in the garden on dry days, go for walks in the park or along the prom (while keeping to the two-metre rule) and we’ll do a bit of decorating in the house on wet days – or tackle the housework that won’t get done while we’re in the garden. And we’ll have daily conversations on FaceTime with our children and grandchildren in Scotland, the US and Australia, all of whom are currently working from home and caring for their children who just want to get out and about with their friends.
Meantime, here’s my Six for the Saturday, and I hope you can find something here to enjoy, inspire or just ponder over.
The flowers on the Skimmia are starting to open, though I really do like the little tight balls that are the buds, and besides the bright red berries, it’s a shrub that never loses its appeal at this time of the year.
You can’t help but love Forget-me-nots, especially when they’re creating that fabulous blue haze across your borders or beneath shrubs or trees. Mine haven’t reached that stage yet, but they’re starting to open their buds and in a couple of weeks, I hope that I can enjoy seeing that swathe of blue.
Spring’s Yellow Trumpets
I returned a book to a friend on Thursday morning and we stood outside her front door chatting, at the required two-metre distance. I felt quite cheered after leaving her, the sun was shining and for a moment I almost forgot about the situation that was minute by minute, changing all our lives.
I stopped on my way home at a little park area near home and photographed the daffodils. Is there anything more joyous in spring than “a host of golden daffodils”.
They just refuse to grow at the same time, and I can’t persuade them to behave and grow beautifully together. However, Tulip ‘Ancilla’ is pretty and I reckon that I’ll plant some in the front garden border for next spring. Lots perhaps.
New Plants 1
The doorbell rang this morning and when I answered it, a parcel lay on the top step. I looked up and the delivery man was already sitting in his van with the window down, waiting for acknowledgement that the parcel had been received. I shouted thanks to him, he waved and was gone. Social distancing – the gesture was appreciated.
I didn’t get the chance last year to take Verbena bonariensis cuttings and I didn’t order seeds, so in my little box were five good, healthy seedlings from Sarah Raven.
They were potted on this afternoon – in a sunny warm greenhouse and popped outside until I’m ready to plant them.
New Plants 2
An order from Crocus arrived on Monday and I started potting-on some of them today. There’s six Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ two of which will go into planters and the others into the ground. I grow them in the garden every year, normally from cuttings taken the previous year because they don’t make it through the winter here. This year I had no cuttings (the result of a poorly timed holiday) and had to buy new plants.
There’s also two Digitalis ‘Pink Panther’ (I’m really hoping that they’re going to be fabulous) and one Geranium nodosum.
That’s mine for this week. I hope you are all keeping safe and healthy. If you want to join in with Six on Saturday around the world, here are the details:
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Six on Saturday is like a weekly journal. Take six photographs and post them to Twitter and/or your blog. You can get all the details from The Propagator who kindly set it all up. If you want to join in and see what everyone else is doing in the garden, just follow the link!
All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.