Six on Saturday | Future Plans

After last month’s post I was left pondering about what, if anything, I would like to change about my garden. What I’d really like is to get a garden design team in and landscape it as a Japanese garden – it’s definitely wet enough to grow ferns and mosses! And after the first mow of the year of my miniscule lawn and hacking the edges I decided that it just has to go.

Firstly though I am very happy with my pots of spring bulbs. After last month’s dwarf irises, March has been the return of the Narcissi and Daffodils. Pretty Narcissus ‘Tête á Tête‘, yellow and orange ‘Martinette’ and white ‘Thalia’ jazz up the patio along with my white Camellia. N. ‘Rip van Winkle‘ are still performing in the woodland border and other odd spots around the garden. The beetroot purple Hyacinth ‘Woodstock‘ adds a strong contrast. I will remove these bulbs this year and replant as only two of the five bulbs have flowered, although with three spikes. And last years daffodils reappeared in the raised bed at the end of the month. Though yesterday’s chilly wind has wreaked havoc!

When looking at my photos I realised how much of my spring garden is purple and yellow!

Chionodoxa luciliae  / Glory of the Snow has reappeared in the woodland border (blue / lilac) and the white variety in my raised bed, though not so many. These are so lovely, but also so difficult to photograph.

One Anemone coronaria, (the poppy anemone, Spanish marigold, or windflower) popped up unexpectedly and is white! I don’t recollect any white ones when I planted these a couple of years ago. I must buy some more this autumn as they are such beautiful flowers.

The raised beds have been weeded and ready for some new additions. More herbs and a rhubarb plant are planned for one of them. And a new clematis has been ordered for the other bed to add to the early flowering montana variety. In the meantime this pretty Euphorbia ‘Martini’ is looking good. It is a lovely spurge, bearing dark grey-green rosettes of leaves and upright bracts in lime-green with a red eye. My thyme and sage plants on the other hand are not looking so good.

The mini wildflower patch I created last year has erupted with pretty Snake’s Head Fritillary / Fritillaria meleagris – mostly the purple kind, but one pure white. I hadn’t noticed last year that they have pretty, long, yellow stamen inside these nodding bells.

And finally, a new gardening book. OK, this might make it seven, but hopefully no-one is counting. Although I have a few lot of books (and have sworn not to buy any more) I cannot resist gardening books. Some I simply dip into for ideas and inspiration or advice, others I just love for the images like my large Frampton Floral by Richard Mabey which is full of Victorian botanical prints. This one was my treat to myself on Mother’s Day.

With some dry days, though still on the chilly side, I keep getting outside to do a bit more than the five minutes weeding. The winter honeysuckle has had a major prune, all crossed over branches removed and the centre opened up. We’ll see how it goes next year, but this might be cut down completely. I have never noticed any scent from the shrub unless I stick my nose right into a flower. I think it should be in sun for the perfume to waft around and this is in complete shade all winter.

Summer bulbs have been planted – Martagon lilies, Freesia, Sparaxis and Ixia as well as Zephyranthes candida and robusta (rain lilies) – let’s hope they manage to avoid being munched by the slimy assassins! And some seeds sown. Oh, and the sparrows are back to using the weeping willow tree as their conference centre.

As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world.

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Six on Saturday


  1. margaret21 says:

    I’ve just tried replying to you own reply to Susan – and it wouldn’t post it! It just kept on saying ‘cancel reply’. Here’s what I said: ‘When I spotted this reply Jude, I thought you were my saviour because I have the same issues with the WP Admin thing. But following the link you provide doesn’t seem to have helped me. I wonder what I’m doing wrong/not doing?’ I love your snakes’ head fritillaries. I simply can’t get them to last into a following year.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You need to be logged in to your account or clicking that link will ask you to log in.

  2. restlessjo says:

    So much joy in plants, isn’t there? I’ve waited for weeks and weeks watching my camellia buds and thinking they would never open but simply fall off instead. And lo and behold, yesterday I opened the curtains and there it was – a creamy white, beautiful flower! I was entranced. Still am! 🙂 🙂
    Love that white anemone, Jude, and the euphorbia is interesting. I do miss fritillaries. Why not push the boat out and go Japanese? You’re not spending money on holidays. You might have to restrict the planting though, to go with the Zen style? We had a Japanese corner.
    Like Margaret, I did try your ‘fix’ but it wasn’t effective. I’m not too bothered though. There are more important things in life. 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love flowers too much to go Japanese and Acers and Cherry blossom wouldn’t stand a chance up here! Even the poor Camellia is tinged with brown 😕 You need a sheltered spot I think. But I love my little Zen patio. All nice and shady in the summer.

    2. Heyjude says:
      this article might help. You need to slide the toggle for dashboard appearance to the right in your account settings.

      1. restlessjo says:

        I thought I’d done that but it really doesn’t matter. I’m less than enthusiastic about the blog at present. Going through a bit of a slump. Thanks though 😉💕

        1. Heyjude says:

          Ah, well, you seem to be managing fine as you are. I just missed the search by date in my media library, necessary when doing challenges and not being able to find new material. You joining the April squares?

        2. restlessjo says:

          I’ll jump in at the start but I really don’t enjoy or need daily posts. I thought I might do a Barca with Florence but I don’t feel like it right now. There seem to be more important things in life and I’m not much for the archives. Hope B doesn’t read this. You’d better delete it 🤣💕

        3. Heyjude says:

          I loved your Barca take though and so did many others. I would love to see more Florence photos. Doesn’t look like I am going to get there any time soon.

        4. restlessjo says:

          Thanks hon 😘💕

        5. BeckyB says:

          Oh dear you are in a slump aren’t you. I agree there are much more important things in life, a friend undergoing her own cancer treatment just lost her husband to cancer. He was only 57 😦 tough times.

          However squares is a lovely distraction for me, but I know it isn’t for everyone so don’t worry about it. One square is fabulous on its own. So take care, and do what is right for you xxx

        6. restlessjo says:

          I wish Jude had deleted this, Becky. I know you love your skwares and it brings pleasure to hundreds of people. I should have been born with a zipper for my mouth. I’m sorry! Bright is the last thing I feel right now, but you are a lovely friend and I have been looking.

        7. Heyjude says:

          Oops! Sorry. I got distracted, easily done, and forgot about it.

  3. Sue says:

    Love the snakes head fritillaries….I remember seeing a great swathe of them at Dixter a good few years ago, and a lovely sight they were

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, they look great en masse in a meadow. I am just happy to see mine come back again and bigger than ever! Hopefully they love it where they are and will eventually spread.

      1. Sue says:

        Let’s hope so!

      2. BeckyB says:

        I’ve never tried growing them, I really should. They are so lovely

        1. Heyjude says:

          I thought I would give them a try. Planted in a tiny triangle of grass with camassias, though the grass will probably be removed once they’ve had time to set seed.

        2. BeckyB says:

          I would investigate for planting for next year, but really want to be on the move by this time next year!

        3. Heyjude says:

          Yes, that would be good. Time for you to move further west – though given the climate maybe east is better! I think we are wishing we had moved to East Anglia now!

        4. BeckyB says:

          Ooh no in the winter months you get the Arctic winds!

        5. Heyjude says:

          Well that’s true. And snow. But the rest of the year is dry (ish). Trouble is we are such a small island I guess nowhere is perfect.

        6. BeckyB says:

          That’s very true

  4. fredgardener says:

    I don’t feel like you took a winter break for the Six. The photos are always so beautiful and very diverse. I would even say that some flowers are a little ahead of mine. I think of the snakehead fritillaries…

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m happy to see the fritillaries again, I wasn’t sure they would come back. I hope now that the Camassia do too.

  5. peggy says:

    Your garden looks lovely. I think we all change things in our gardens every year. Planning and changing is definitely fun, but a lot of work. I do like all of your potted plants. Good luck with your garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Peggy. I think getting rid of the lawn will be the easiest thing to do. Well, not easy, but doable. I might wait until the autumn though and then lay cardboard over it through the winter. That way I can be prepared for next spring.

      1. peggy says:

        Good idea about waiting until Autumn and laying cardboard on the grass.

  6. You’ve been busy. That’s the second time I’ve seen Hyacinth ‘Woodstock’ in a Six on Saturday today. I’ll take it as a sign and keep an eye out for some bulbs later in the year. Great to see more of your garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Woodstock is a lovely beetroot colour, much nicer than the insipid pastel pinks and blues (though I may still have one or two of those) I shall definitely buy more in the autumn.

  7. beetleypete says:

    Mowing already? My lawn is still too wet. It poured down all day yesterday.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      The lawn should have been mowed during the winter, but like your, too wet. It was still wet along the edges, hence the hacking, but needed to be done. In fact whilst writing this I am wondering whether I should give it another trim.

      1. beetleypete says:

        Mine can wait for some dry weather. It’s supposed to be 24 C here on Tuesday! 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Heavens! That’s a big jump in temperature! Better buy some sun protection lotion!

  8. A joyful collection of your spring. I loved the Euphorbia ‘Martini’. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Martini is lovely, and easy too, just cut it back after flowering. Do you have a garden Frank?

  9. Your yard and garden looks very serene to me…if you do change it to a more zen like Japanese garden I’m sure it will be worth it.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The Japanese thought is just a daydream really. But if I remove the grass and replace it with gravel it might look better.

  10. Leya says:

    Thank you for letting us in again in your beautiful garden! Love fritillaries, and the euphorbia looks great, substantial and strong. But euphorbias do…I think. Japanese gardens are lovely, but as you say – we need flowers!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, I’d miss flowers!

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