Six on 23rd March

A still, cloudy day in mid Sussex but its warmish and the birds are singing and the chickens are chattering.

1.  Hoop petticoat Daffodils or Narcissus Bulbocodium

This is a lovely, dainty daffodil shaped like a crinoline hoop petticoat. It comes from south west Europe and I imagine it growing in the Pyrenees mountains in the wild, mysterious area between Spain and France. It has been in this pot for several years and after it flowers, I just neglect it and hide it away till next year.


2. A pot of jetfire daffodils and some primroses

Jetfire is one of my favourites. The primroses are from Sarah Raven and were supposed to be in various pastel shades but they all seem to be pale orangey apricot. Actually, I think I prefer them like this.



3. Ice follies in the gloom



4. Prunus Kusar (Collingwood Ingram)

I was on the look-out for this small dark pink flowered cherry for some time.  I love the delicate flowers and so did this bee. This was selected and is named after Captain Collingwood Ingram, an Englishman, who introduced ornamental cherries from China and Japan to western gardeners in the twentieth century. He also reintroduced the great white cherry (Taihaku) back to Japan which he spotted in a Sussex garden in 1923. It had disappeared from Japan in the 17th century. The romance of it all!


5. Catkins on a purple leaved contorted hazel

Pretty pink lamb’s tails.



6. Snakeshead frittilaria

What a name! But a lovely flower given time to establish. After 10 years I have several decent clumps.



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Six on Saturday 16/02/2019

I have been in Thailand for a couple of weeks enjoying the sun, warmth and lush colours of the plants so I had to include some photos.

  1. Cannonball tree

Never heard of this before, a native of south America and related to the Brazil nut tree. Revered by Buddhists and planted near temples. A tall solid looking tree with girly pink flowers and extraordinary round hard wood like fruit (the cannon balls).

  1. Orchid farm just outside Bangkok

Somewhere in the canal and river network far away from the streets and traffic of Bangkok there is this little haven.

  1. Koi Samui airport

This is the prettiest airport I have ever been to! The grounds are more like a botanical garden than human transit station. There is even a lotus pool.


  1. Pruned apple tree

The tree surgeon sorted out the apple this week. It was beginning to take over when in leaf. I love its clean strong shape now.


  1. Snowdrops in their full glory


  1. Witch hazel

My favourite shrub illuminated against the blue sky yesterday. Unfortunately, it is grey today but spring is on its way.


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Six on Saturday 19/01/2019


A damp and dreary day expressive of January but I’m using artistic licence because I took these photos yesterday in the sun. There are lovely things to look at outside at all times and Six on Saturday helps me focus on that!

1. Daffodils


Amazingly these daffodils are already out even before the snowdrops. They are ice follies and if we get the cold weather predicted next week they will be true to their name.

2. Hazel

I have always loved catkins. I planted this 5 years ago and it brings the countryside into the garden. So bright and simple and happy.


3. Cornus Mid-winter fire


Very suited to its name. Another easy shrub but lovely in winter.

4. Witch Hazel


I adore these small trees and envy gardens that have old established ones alight with colour at this time of year. Wakehurst has some wonderful specimens. They are very slow growing for me but I think I’m lucky that I can grow them at all because I live within sight of the chalky south downs. This is Diane and I also have Pallida which is not in flower yet.

5. Mahonia (Charity)


Beautiful clear yellow against a blue sky makes your heart sing. I’m not sure how big it gets but it just keeps growing without any help from me and the blackbirds eat all the blueish berries that come after the flowers.

6. Hellebore


At the risk of being boring, last but not least, hellebores which grow in this east facing, dry shady border along the fence and are rediscovered every winter.

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Six on Saturday 5/01/2019

For my first SOS I have decided to feature the evergreens in my garden, the oldest of which were here before me i.e planted pre 1993. Mid winter is their time to shine and come spring they will retire modestly into the background, merely props and scenery again.

1. Camellia (Donation)

Not a particularly loved specimen (I did not plant it and its been very shaded and ignored for years) but she does shine in the sun and has some juicy buds this year.


2. Yew


A slow growing blob that had a smart haircut this summer.

3. Holly

I love this varigated holly. It was smothered in berries before Christmas and looks good all year.


4. Choisya (dazzler)

This is lovely now with the shiny delicate leaves and in summer with its white flowers


5. Sarcococca confusa

I planted this by the front door 3 years ago and I think it has made enough growth to wack out some good fragrance when the flowers come out in a few days.


6. A trio of evergreens (yew, euonymus and box) along the front garden boundary

What it says on the tin


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