My Little Garden 27th Feb 2021

Earlier this week, on the last Monday of February, the Downing Street Gang presented us with a roadmap which suggests that life may be more or less normal by the time summer is here. The thought of being able to meet up properly with friends and family again is fantastic, even surpassing the fact that golf courses will open at the end of March and the husband will soon be out from under my feet.

In the meantime, it is seven weeks (seven weeks!!!!)until I can get my hair cut, and the husband and I are in self isolation after a close encounter with The Virus. Amazingly, after a cuddling a four year old with Covid (unknown at the time obviously)we have no hint of symptoms even though our son, daughter-in-law and both children have succumbed. Our granddaughter picked up the virus at her preschool, which has always been the biggest risk factor for us providing part time childcare. Anyway, fingers crossed that I will be back in action shortly and having already been vaccinated albeit very close to the exposure, all is good.

Happily during my self-isolation there have been quite a few nice sunny days so I have been able to get out in the garden. Never before have we been so organised in jet washing the patio, painting the fences and tidying the garage. Spring we are more than ready for you, so hurry up please.

Even though the weather has been kind, there was a slight touch of frost on a couple of mornings this week, and I took most of the photos for this weeks Six on Saturday on one of those mornings.

1. Crocus

A few dew drops is always an exciting photo opportunity. This is how the crocus looked first thing in the morning.

And by the afternoon they were attracting little buzzy visitors

2. Iris

Katharine Hodgkin and Alida are both coming along nicely but there’s been no sign of any more of the Painted Ladies.

Iris reticulata ‘Katharine Hodgkin’
Iris reticulata ‘Alida’

3. Buds

I’ve no idea what variety of pulmonaria this is, but it happily pops up in various places each year.

4. Kitchen Windowsill

The iris and hyacinths have finished flowering now but the weekly bunch of daffs are still here. At least, they were at the beginning of the week but I haven’t been able to replace whilst confined to base.

5. More signs of life

There a lot of things starting to stir in the garden and every day sees a change. This is a dicentra or lamprocapnos as it’s now called. I always look forward to the heart shaped flowers and I spotted a new one on the Farmer Gracy website this week called ‘Cupid’. It’s very pale pink and quite compact so it should be suitable for a container. I may well be tempted.

6. Daffodils

This has been the week when the first daffs started to flower in the garden. Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’ was first.

But I don’t think that ‘February Gold’ or ‘Jetfire’ will be far behind.

And that’s my ‘Six on Saturday’ for this week. I’m looking forward to my freedom although maybe I shouldn’t tempt fate…..

For more ‘sixes’ take a look at the blog of The Propagator who is the creator of this weekly collection. As always there are many more excellent photos and blogs on twitter under the hashtag #SixonSaturday

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