Six on Saturday | In the Pink

After a week away I was shocked to see how much had grown. Nearly all my tulips are in flower and all the Muscari and Narcissi are over. Cooler weather in Cornwall, but that doesn’t appear to have slowed the growth.

So another Saturday and another Six. (NB in case you are confused by the title, ‘in the pink’ is an expression that means the peak of health or an optimal state’) although there is a lot of pink in this post.

(Please click on any image to scroll through the gallery)

It’s hard to choose this week. So many tulips demanding my attention, but other flowering plants too as you can see. The nicest thing is that several of these are a surprise – the anemones are from a few years ago and must have ended up in the compost, the osteospermum are from cuttings after the original plants grew too straggly/died and the pretty Greenland tulip popped up in a raised bed unexpectedly. Now that’s from years ago! Tulipa ‘Caviar’ on the other hand is a new variety for me this year and rather lovely. Though not that dissimilar to my ‘Purple Ladies’.

It appears that I have two robins visiting my garden and one or the other is always happy to accompany me whilst I am weeding, singing a happy song (the robin that is, not me). Got me wondering if it is only the males that have the red breast?

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Six on Saturday


  1. I know exactly what “in the pink” means. It’s an old Southern expression and applies to one’s physical well-being, health, as well as garden health. My gardens, alas, are NOT

  2. in the pink following a long harsh winter. (Computer interrupted me, there.)

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sorry to hear about the long winter. Hope the garden revives soon!

  3. bushboy says:

    I do love a compost surprise as well πŸ™‚

  4. How lovely to have a robin accompanying you while you work in the garden.

  5. Tina Schell says:

    As always Jude, your garden never ceases to amaze. No wonder the robins are cheerfully joining you there! We have very few down here in the south but I remember when I lived up north how thrilled we were to finally see them arrive after the drudgery of winter as surely spring was not far behind!

  6. Leya says:

    Lovely…as always. And I learned a new phrase! Thank you. Mr Robin – a long life love!

  7. Jane Lurie says:

    Hi Jude, Always love to see what’s in your garden. Beautiful blooms – the Osteospermum is glorious– great shot. “In the Pink” is quite a familiar saying to me…πŸ’•

  8. poppytump says:

    Such lovely blooms as ever Jude and also I just love your little perky Robin ! I hope you’re lucky enough to have them nesting if a pair . We’ve been delighted to have for the first time in the garden a Robin couple obviously ‘in the pink’ busy darting in and out an ivy topped fence pillar to their well hidden nest πŸ™‚

  9. Surely the osteospermum are rather early? Lovely colours, as always.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They often flower all through the winter here, though with much smaller flowers.

  10. Cathy says:

    Gosh, a week away at this time of year would render my garden unrecognisable! 😁 Interesting to read that you have been having some surprises too. Your tulips are looking lovely and must bring you so much pleasure

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, it’s risky leaving the garden, and we are going to do so again at the end of the month!

      1. Cathy says:

        Do you have anyone to keep an eye on things and water when required?

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not really, but we are only away for a few days so I am sure the garden will cope. I’ll just give the plants in the conservatory a good soaking!

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