Six on Saturday for a May Bank Holiday Weekend

I knew we were forecast two days of 50mph winds and three days of rain so I’m glad I took some photographs of the garden on Thursday. I’m scared to look out the window now to assess the damage from the wind so I’ll maybe just wait until Monday to look! On the bright side, I won’t have to water the garden for a while!

This week has been all about new blooms which seem to have burst out everywhere – just in time to be deheaded by these crazy winds! The Alliums have just made an appearance in the last few days and I love, love, love them! I just keep planting a few more Purple Sensation every year to help to build up the picture.

The pink Rhododendrons are on the verge of a full bloom but I love to see the stages they go through as they gently reveal their colour.

I have Chives everywhere! It’s a win, win choice for us as I love the light purple, pom pom headed blooms giving bursts of colour all around the borders, and my husband chops the foliage every day and uses it as spring onions so a more pretty and productive plant we couldn’t find! Last year I split a few clumps of Chives and replanted the divisions in another border to spread the love and these are those new blooms, just on the verge of popping!

Look at this Chosyia Ternata adorned with flower buds! This Choisya has been in the ground for four or five years and I love it as an evergreen. It really only started lightly flowering last year but this year, whoosh, it is prolifically flowering and becoming a star attraction for bees!

I took my eye off the Rosemary for a second and look at the pretty, lilac flowers it has thrown out for the first time – I guess it must be happy!

Not all of my Lupins survived the Winter, I think I lost five which really annoys me as they are one of my favourites! I do cosset them a little as they need protected from slug damage so I save eggshells all Winter to lay in a thick mulch around them as one slug deterrent! Next week on The Pink Wheelbarrow blog and socials, it’s #slugweek from Tuesday to Friday where we’ll chat all about slug defences and which plants slugs like and don’t like! Do join in with your best tips and we all might learn something new to add to our arsenals!

Do feel free to me leave a comment on these six and let me know what you’ve been up to this week! Next Saturday, I might be lamenting all the wind damage in the garden!

Enjoy reading other #SixonSaturday blogs for information and inspiration. #SixonSaturday is hosted by The Propagator, a gardening blog you should most certainly check out. You’ll find lots of links on Twitter on the #SixonSaturday hashtag and you can find The Pink Wheelbarrow on Twitter at @PinkWheelbarrow.

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