6 – on – Saturday 23.04.2019

Six things in my garden today.  If you want to join in and share 6 things from your garden then here is to how to participate https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/ It’s fun, you see interesting things in other people’s gardens and lovely 6ers chat and comment on your pics.

Have been spending a bit more time in the garden – mostly with coffee in the summer-house – but I’m getting some jobs done and the garden is looking tidier.  There’s not much to show you, but a few things are starting to come on and it’s very pleasing to see the new growth.  I especially love to see the Hosta points coming through.  Anyway, here is my 6 for today.

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Remember the little wildlife pond we put in last year?  Here it, starting to settle down a bit.  There is pulmonaria in flower – dark blue, light blue, and the usual mixed colour, the ferns are coming on, and by next week I think I shall have Erythronium flowers to show you.  Pity I took this photo before I got the weed out of the pond – then the pond would have been clean and the net wouldn’t have been centre stage!

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A rather splendid photo of good old Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’.  It has flowered sporadically all through the winter and now has lots of flowers coming.  It’s looking a bit straggly though, so I think this will be its last year and I will replace it with new plants next.

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Our little plum tree.  We had a huge harvest off it last year so I was not expecting much this, but if all these flowers form plums then it will be plum city again!  It was full of little flying things, including bees, so I’m hopeful.  It’s in the most unkempt bit of the garden so don’t let your eyes stray from the tree.

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I am totally thrilled to see this.  It’s the first flower ever on a three-year old Hydrangea petiolaris.  It’s all on its own at the moment but I hope it will have some friends soon.  I’d like to tell you that’s Armeria growing in the pot below it, but it’s hairy bittercress, which I will not dignify with italics….

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Two weeks ago this nearly got dug out as a weed.  It’s one of the few plants that I haven’t labelled and I didn’t recognise it.  Fortunately, in a moment of rare memory brilliance, I remembered I had planted a white Dicentra in that area.  As the leaves unfurled a little, it became clear that’s what it is.  Phew, nearly lost it.

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And this is a little apricot tree, doing rather well.  It’s in its second year (with me) and has a good few flowers on it.  It has put quite a lot of growth on at the end of the branches and I’m not sure how to handle it.  Does one prune it later in the year? Leave it alone?  Any advice gratefully received.

 

That’s it from me.  Have a great weekend.

The O.G.

11 thoughts on “6 – on – Saturday 23.04.2019”

  1. That Dicentra had a lucky escape! I’ve done that many times. The plum tree is a show. Our tiny pond is covered with duckweed. Reading your SoS I’m thinking I show try and clear it – the weed seemed to take off last year.

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    1. Hi,
      I don’t do anything at all. It didn’t start fruiting until it was perhaps three years old but after that there was no stopping it! I don’t feed it or anything. In last year’s very hot weather I watered it from time to time. Sorry not to be more helpful!

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  2. Oh, apricots were the most abundant of the orchard trees in the Santa Clara Valley when I was a kid. Prunes were the second most common. There were no plum orchards, but there were plenty of plum trees in home gardens. Anyway, the apricot tree should have been pruned before bloom. Now that it has not been pruned, it can be pruned in summer if necessary, after it has stopped growing. Although I dislike summer pruning, it is effective, and can actually be more practical for growing such trees in confined space. It should probably be pruned in winter too, just to get a good structure. The little tree seems to have been pruned well last year.

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    1. Thanks for this Tony, it’s really helpful. The tree was bought from a good fruit nursery last year so it was very well prepared before sale. It has grown quite a lot though and does need to keep in scale as it’s in a pot on my patio. I will shorten that growth later in the year. Thanks again.

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