Saturday, 10 February 2018

Six on Saturday- February 10th 2018

Still in the throws of winter it's sometimes too easy to forget the garden is still a wave of activity. Whilst we are busying around doing our everyday jobs and doing our best to keep warm on the really cold biting days, it's lovely to know that there seems to be an air of magic happening right underneath our noses! 

Which brings me nicely on to sharing with you my Six on Saturday.

1: Daffodils.

These are the main signs that spring is on its way in my garden. With a hot cuppa in my hands having a little wander around the garden, the feeling of being stopped in my tracks to uncover the delightful spears of green will never get old! These Daffodils look like they could be their best year yet with a good amount of stems breaking the earth.

2: Honeysuckle- Aureoreticulata

A little afternoon inspection and the kiss of the low winter sun brings Aureoreticulata to my attention. I purchased this last year because of its spectacular leaf detail. A lovely semi evergreen climber which will grace the new trellis frame and put on a great show in the summer with its tubular colour changing flowers.

3: Moss

Moss would never be something that I would ever look that closely to before but now I think I've missed out on this clever little species. Something that can grow by itself with not much needs is a brilliant eye opener to the way nature can be the best survivor to be admired. I also like that its quite a tactile little thing and cannot help fluff it a bit when I spot some growing on the little walls in my back garden. 

4: Shield Bugs

This little fella caught my eye (only just!) when I was having a little tidy up of some leaves and cardboard in the corner of the patio. I first saw a shield bug only last year but when it was fantastically bright green. A clever little creature that turns to brown in the autumn/winter gives it the perfect disguise to hibernate amongst the fallen leaves. Although I will be keeping a watchful eye on the plants once its in full summer mode as they are known to feast on plant sap!!

5: Drumstick Primula

I LOVE seeing this gorgeous plant starting to emerge. I have had this a number of years and it boasts the most wonderful white ball of flowers in the spring. I also like how once its flowered the leaves stay a lovely bright green for a few months that look almost like cabbage.

6: Babies

All together now, Awwww! This wee little baby will one day grow up to be a tomato plant. Seeing this pop up in the little propagator on my windowsill made me squeal with utter delight! Sounds cheesy I know but I cant help be drawn in by the hope it flourishes and stands tall and proud when it matures. Ok I get it I sound like a crazy protective Mum haha but this is one of the greatest little sights that (AGAIN!) never grows old.

There you have it, my Six on Saturday that pretty much is all about new life/beginnings. Make sure to check out The Propagator's Six on Saturday and others over on his Blog

Thankyou for reading

Until Next Time 

N xx


  1. I admire you, actually spending long enough in the garden to drink a cuppa. It's been too cold for me to do more than dog poo duty & snap a few photos for the Six. Hopefully warmer days to come. What a beautiful honeysuckle you have, & your quick eye catching that pet bug. I think you have it bad, this gardening craic!

    1. Hey Lora how can you tell I've been bitten by the growing bug 😉 I love it lots & I'm learning to wrap up a bit better to Potter about. Many years of literally hibernating away from the garden caused me more hard work so now I try & get out when I can & love looking closely to anything xx

  2. Moss is enchanting, is it not? Btw if you ever feel they are under appreciated, please do read Bill Bryson's hilarious take on fanatical moss researchers in his book 'a short history of everything'. He's hilarious!

    1. I do think it's enchanting now & maybe quite overlooked for its smartness in survival. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for that book. I've not read a Bill Bryson since school 😁

  3. I have come to your site through your posting about the Cleveland AGS Show. Looking at some of your ealier posts I came across this one. The picture you have of a Shield Bug is not a Shield Bug! They always have the wing cases (the hard outer covering) coming to a blunt point, like the shield they are named from. I am unable to name the insect but believe it is a moth. When they are getting old a lot of the colour comes off the wings leaving them much drabber than they are when young and fresh.
    Good luck with your garden.