Six-on-Saturday – A Good Week

A few of my favourite things in the garden this week. Six in all.

How do you define a good week? What makes it so? As a gardener and cyclist I’d be very grateful for rain by night, together with no wind on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings between 9am and 1pm. If I were to be really picky, Crystal Palace would win at the weekend. Other than that, I’d not complain too much. On a more serious note, having my family safe and well around me, being in a position to get up each day, get out and about for fresh air, exercise and some properly controlled social interaction is very important. As Julie said many years ago…

It was a good week here on the South-east coast. There has been no rain worth mentioning and some worthwhile activities were undertaken. In other news, most Covid restrictions are being lifted. Life will return to a new normal.

A h-Aon:

Viburnum tinus

This Viburnum was planted in the Autumn of 2020 on the raised rockery under the apple tree. At the moment it’s still small, about 30-40cm but I can see good strong growth on it. It’s Viburnum tinus Eve Price, currently starting to flower.

A Dó:

We felled a large columnar beech tree a few years ago. It was growing between the glasshouse and the shed. In fact, it was planted there before the glasshouse or shed were put in place. We felled it ourselves, and it’s a miracle that no panes of glass were damaged. It’s a miracle also that neither of us sustained any injuries beyond a few scratches. However, we failed miserably to get the stump removed. It’s about 30cm diameter, roughly cut in several places to assist with decay. Now, it’s completely covered with this adorable fungus.

February 2018.

A Trí:

Last summer’s beauty is reduced to a skeleton, yet it is worthy of mention. I cannot remember what it was. Bidens perhaps. Likely, if I were to go back over my photos of that spot I’d nail it down. I tidied up this corner during the week, but I decided to leave this be. Wouldn’t surprise me if some clever bird makes use of it to build a nest. That’s what I’d call sensible recycling.

A Ceathar:

Gardening is all about trying something and seeing how things work out. I have dozens of poyanthuses in pots but they are not doing very well. The roots are very underdeveloped and that does not help the plant at all. I think the soil is too rich. Could anyone advise? Anyway, a marauding blackbird tossed them aside with ease in order to get at something tasty underneath.

A Cúig:

This is a Hydrangea. It’s not mine. I’ve ventured beyond the confines of mo gháirdín beag, to the front garden 30 metres across the road. Apparently, it’s good to leave the spent flowers on the plant through the winter.

It’s been so mild in these parts that this beautiful bloom has survived and thrived. Just one.

A Sé:

I love grasses of all kinds, but I forget the names of most of them. This will need a trim very soon. In the meantime, I’m enjoying how it looks in low winter sunshine.


As of today, after twenty-two months, almost all Covid restrictions have been lifted. A balance point is needed between being careful and being fearful. I understand that some people are very anxious. I take the other viewpoint. The glass of life is half full. Lockdown and restrictions have got us to this point, and now it’s time to live properly again. Apart from my immediate family, some others will need a hug or a handshake.


I write as a member of The Saturday Gang. We are a group of gardeners who write. We write about six items in our gardens, and we do it on Saturdays. I love reading about and seeing other gardens from as far away as New Zealand (Kia ora!), Tasmania, USA, Canada, Belgium, France, Britain and Waterford City. Many more choose to publish on Twitter and Instagram using the #sixonsaturday hashtag. You can find out more about it here. Six things, in your garden. Simple as that.

That’s it for this week, a cháirde. Until next week, I hope that all will be well in your world. Slán go fóill.

22nd January2022.

Pádraig.

Author: Páraig

Changing my mind, one thought at a time. When head is good so is everything, including some fast biking and slow gardening.

15 thoughts on “Six-on-Saturday – A Good Week”

  1. I always leave my hydrangea heads on till March. Just protects them a little from the frosts. I have five currently but another seven or eight cuttings I took last year in the greenhouse. They are my favourites and I want them everywhere you look in my garden!!!

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    1. I can understand that, Lucie! I might as well just give in to temptation. Something will have to go, however. Here’s wishing you more…

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  2. I do quite like looking at the skeletons of old bedding plants and working out what they are; petunias are often quite distinctive. I’m not sure about yours.

    I’m not certain why the polys wouldn’t have rooted well, although in my experience some colours are more perennial than others: yellows seem to be long lived, blues can be quite tough too. From looking at the decapitated flower on the ground, it appears that one of your uprooted plants was a red one. They have dubious perenniality in my opinion!

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    1. That’s very interesting, Andrew. Now that you’ve said t, yes there are very few red ones, and now one less.
      Mostly, I see polys thriving on rockeries and sloped banks. I feel mine are too wet.

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  3. Padraig, you have become positively prolific in your writing this week and in your gardening and cycling! Re the polyanthus – I wonder if you have a root around in the compost if you will come on some small white maggots, C-shaped with a light brown head. If so, you have been visited by a vine weevil. The adult looks like a beetle with a pointed snout and it lays its eggs at the base of plants so the larvae can feed on the roots. They adore primulas! If you have them, toss them out for the robins to enjoy. You can treat pots as a preventative but it is generally not worth the bother for the home gardener.

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  4. That grass looks like my Mexican feather grass (but then most do – to me). Upturned hanging baskets on your pots should deter the birds and allow your polyanthus to grow without disturbance – if, as Paddy suggests, you don’t find vine weevils. Your tree fungus looks amazing – is it edible?

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  5. yes it’s good to leave the faded flowers of the hydrangea in winter because they protect the next buds. Especially for cold winter winds ( and frost of cours). I cut mine off in March

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  6. My primroses haven’t thrived either and I am blaming the compost. They will probably just get going when I am thinking about summer bedding! Lovely bracket fungus. Have a good cycley-gardeningy week.

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