Six on Saturday (or ‘You can’t keep a good woman down’)

Look at me!  I’m a blogger!  And I’m joining in with a meme!

So the meme is from The Propagator’s blog:

thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com

The idea is to share six things of interest from your garden or a garden, on Saturday.  Six on Saturday.

This is my ‘Six on Saturday’ at Siss.

Sissinghurst is my second favourite place to be, after my own garden, with my Stevie.  But I left him at home today to meet my wonderful friend, one half of the jelly show.  They don’t like being called the jelly show, but it has nothing to do with their appearance, it’s just a spoonerism of their names.

It was freeeeezing!

But this crabapple warmed me up, just by looking at it.

I know, it’s looking a tinsy bit frazzled now, but wouldn’t you?

I was a little bit early, and this half of the jelly show is always late, which gave me a moment to savour the display of Iris reticulata and what I think are Scilla.  I really should have looked at the label, but forgive me, this is my first meme.

One of my favourite features at Sissinghurst is the view through this barn.  Am I allowed to say that I prefer this to the tower? Look at the echo of the arch from the other side:

And if you go inside, you get to appreciate the timber frame.

And quite a lot of dove poo.  That seems like an oxymoron, but even doves poo.

I couldn’t help but browse a few pots of bulbs outside the shop.  The Narcissus bulbocodium ‘Spoirot’ were particularly fetching.  They have diaphanous petticoats, rather lovely in the morning sun, but I’d imagine quite chilly on a day like today.

Ah look.  In the front row is Scilla mischtschenkoana.  That’s also what was in that pot!

And finally, though it was bone-bitingly cold, and for you reader,  I risked frost-bite every time I got my phone out to take a photo, look at the beautiful blue sky!

That was the last photo I took, because then the late half of the jelly show found me, and once that happens, we don’t stop talking for three hours solid. You will hear more about the jelly show (both halves) in future posts. They are somewhat reluctant gardeners, but I’m working on it.

Sorry if you were expecting photos of the garden.  But it’s nice at this time of year to focus on structure, and the sky.

Regular readers will know that yesterday had its challenges.  This post is also entitled ‘You can’t keep a good woman down’.  Because these are the things that contributed to me feeling a whole lot better by the end of the day:

  • One half of the jelly show.
  • The other half of the jelly show (remote link).
  • Another radiator-friend asking at just the right moment to meet up – love her too.
  • Stevie.  Obviously.
  • Marvellous daughters and step-daughter.
  • Dogs.  So soft.  So squishy.
  • Spring bulbs.  Joy, joy, joy.
  • Blue sky.  Tra la.
  • Lovely messages from all over the place.  I feel the love.  Thank you.
  • Life.  It just kinds of picks you up.

36 Comments Add yours

  1. I remember going to Sissinghurst as a child – my mother says I must have been less than 10. But something must have stuck with me as the first garden I have created is a white garden, so strange and only did I spot the connection after planning and researching. It shouldn’t be strange as it’s such a beautiful place, so ethereal and amazing. Heaven on earth. You lucky thing to go there x

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    1. Ali says:

      We really are lucky to live so close. Lovely that you squirrelled the white garden away in your subconscious!

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  2. Nice, gotta love Sissinghurst at any time of year.

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    1. Ali says:

      It is fabulous. It helps to have good bone structure, and the gardeners do a fabulous job. I visit every 2-3 weeks and it always looks wonderful.

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  3. annpappas says:

    What beautiful surroundings, you are so lucky to be there! We were so excited because we had just under 2mm of rain yesterday evening! Everything is so dry and even some so-called tough indigenous plants might not survive! Winter can’t come soon enough. for me…

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    1. Ali says:

      We are lucky, Ann, to be able to share Sissinghurst! I wish you plenty more rain!

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  4. Lovely photos especially of your so blue sky! 🙂

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    1. Ali says:

      I love a blue sky!

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      1. Me too. We have one today!
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  5. Susan Beard. says:

    I like your posts and photos….where can I show my photos. ?

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    1. Ali says:

      Follow this link, click on comments at the end of the ‘Six on Saturday’, copy a link to your ‘Six on Saturday’ in the comments box.
      https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/six-on-saturday/

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  6. Lora Hughes says:

    The crabapple looks fabulous. My kinda tree.

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    1. Ali says:

      I love them too Lora. My favourite winter tree.

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  7. So glad you found the support you needed the other day, and that you had an opportunity to visit one of the most gorgeous gardens in the world to assist as well. Nothing like a bit of nature to pick up one’s spirits.

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    1. Ali says:

      Thank you. It is, as you say, impossible to be down for long when you are surrounded by so many things on the up.

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  8. I’d love to get to Sissinghurst, it’s on my list! I love the photo of the iris reticulates in those pots, the colour looks fabulous.

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    1. Ali says:

      It’s definitely worth it! Yes, the blue was stunning, especially with the wood chippings. I will try to look out for some next year. Nicer than the gravel I tend to use in pots.

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  9. bcparkison says:

    This has been fun. Love all the new growth ready to be planted.

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  10. I love beams like those…could spend hours looking at them.had the privilege of working at a pub in Oxfordshire last month and they had an out house with beams like that.

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    1. Ali says:

      They are wonderful, aren’t they? My dad has passed on a love of timber-frames!

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      1. Unfortunately they are few and far between oooop North!

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      2. Ali says:

        But there is stone! (I’m a Yorkshire lass underneath this fine layer of finesse!)

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  11. Lucky you to live close enough to visit Sissinghurst regularly. Vita Sackville-West is one of my gardening heroines and I feel like I know it from her writing although I have only visited once.

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  12. Ali says:

    Her writing is fabulous, isn’t it?

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  13. cavershamjj says:

    That arch picture of the barn is fab. Been garden visiting myself today. Wisley might well feature in Six next weekend…

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    1. Ali says:

      Ooh, that sounds good.

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  14. I still haven’t been to Sissinghurst! Must. Must. So agree about dogs and daughters. Oh and bulbs. Lovely post. X

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  15. Brian Skeys says:

    Did you purchase any of those little garden treats to take home with you?

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    1. Ali says:

      Brian, I was VERY restrained. The prices are a bit eye-watering at Siss! But i’m making notes for bulb-buying in September!

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  16. John Kingdon says:

    There’s a web site somewhere that pleads with people not to visit Sissinghurst which is creaking badly under the sheer weight of numbers! That crab apple looks quite perky for the time of year. Reminds me that I need to get on with pruning mine very quickly now. Nice cheery (ahem!) Iris too. 😉

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    1. Ali says:

      Really? My mum volunteers there and she hasn’t said they’re struggling. The tower is currently undergoing maintenance (reinforcement?) and the lawns and edges get a bit trampled in midsummer, so I can see the concern. Midweek is a good time to visit in June/July as visitor numbers reach a peak then. I often go at 10 or 11 when it has only just opened. Plus the roses smell better in the morning!

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  17. My remaing pet cat is named Vita….;)

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    1. Ali says:

      That’s a fabulous name for a cat!

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  18. Chloris says:

    I’ve never been in winter, what a treat. You are lucky to live near enough to pop in all year round.

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  19. Your blog makes me really happy. I love all the pictures and the joy that pervades your writing.

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    1. Ali says:

      Thank you so much, Shelly, that brings me much joy. Especially from someone whose writing and illustrations are so wise full of wisdom and joy. Xxx

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