Six on Saturday – A good digging workout!

We gardeners are so fortunate to have the distraction of our gardens at this grim and scary time – I can’t imagine being confined at home without any outdoor space and of course there are many people who aren’t so lucky. We’ve had a really busy week, Chris working hard in the front garden and as I’ve now brought my office home, me stuck inside! However, today I’ve also been out in the garden, digging and planting all afternoon and enjoying the sun. There is plenty to do, I’ve got so many plants waiting patiently while I decide where to position them (there’s never enough room!) – I’ve featured some of them for this weeks’ six:

These pots are from bulb planting last Autumn, the weather was so wet, I decided to plant quite a few in pots to avoid rotting. Tulipa ‘National Velvet’, narcissus ‘Thalia’ and allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ are all now snugly planted in the borders.

Also waiting in the wings are these foxgloves, digitalis purpurea ‘Apricot Beauty’, grown from seed last summer. I didn’t get to them today, so they’ll be planted at the back of the pond tomorrow.

This border was looking rather forlorn first thing this morning, but a good digging over and lots of planting, with tulips, alliums and a few grasses has transformed it this evening!

The spring border is certainly springing to life! At the top of the picture though, I can see that euphorbia ‘Robbiae’ is getting out of control again – a job for next week. I do love its acid green flowers and glossy foliage, but it’s got an unlimited spread and grows really quickly in any soil – a thug if ever there was one.

Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ is looking great – this evergreen shrub grows in any soil and in sun or shade, so is extremely useful. My mom gave me this one on my 40th birthday and it has been flourishing in dry shade ever since (quite a long time!). I’ve attempted to standardise it – with some success, but it grows quickly and can get rather top heavy! Flowering prolifically this year, it’s a stunner.

Finally, I just can’t resist sharing this hellebore again – it’s been flowering for weeks, such a beauty and so hard working!

That’s my six for this week, stay safe and well and if you’d like to see more, I’d recommend a visit to the home of SoS at:

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