Six on Saturday – 26/03/2022 – Seeds etc

Gardening stuff is again happening both indoors and out this week. Seasonal temperatures mean spring bulbs continue to push through the thawing ground, and as we’re about eight weeks from our usual last frost date, indoor seed starting has begun in earnest.

Indoors, my last seed order arrived on Thursday – from Renee’s Garden in California. They were the only place I could find Cardinal Climber vine, and while I was perusing their catalogue I also decided to grow Jalapeno chilies for the first time, and try new varieties of sunflower and spinach. And, if you can see the featured photo, I was thrilled that the Shishito pepper seeds I saved from last year’s plants germinated!!

Outside, more bulbs, as mentioned, are showing, and growth is showing in some of the perennials.

Some of the earlier daffodils are well on their way…
…as are the Hyacinths.
Sedum spectabile (now known as Hylotelephium spectabile) has started to send up new growth – I’ll be needing to cut back the old stems within a few weeks, before the new ones get too tall.
Rhubarb has also emerged…I’m already thinking about cookies and pies and scones…

Finally, I’ve mentioned before the unusual things rabbits seem to have been chomping away at this past winter (Yucca, rose canes, Allium shoots…) – they haven’t stopped their weird ways, despite having fields of greenish grass available now. This week I’ve noticed they’ve been going hungrily at a sage bush, Contoneaster branches, a small Juniper, the tips of a Rose of Sharon. All this is one specific area of the garden, so I wonder if it is indeed rabbits (there’s plenty of rabbit pellets in the area to support that theory) or something else…I need one of those night vision motion cameras I think… They also love another Allium – sphaerocephalon – the drumstick Allium. Here’s the evidence:

Anyway, that’s it for me. Hope everyone has a great weekend, and, if you’d like some early spring inspiration from other gardeners around the world – take a look at all the links in The Propagator’s site for more Six on Saturdays.


  1. Rhubarb is rad! I should have gotten a picture of mine, which I got from my paternal-paternal great grandfather before I was in kindergarten. I just happened to bring a #1 can of it with me on a trip to the Pacific Northwest for my Pa. It is on the porch here right now.
    Did I tell you that Renee is my neighbor? I mention it so often that I can not remember.

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  2. Everything looks so promising, I am sure your garden will be full of life and colours. Now mine is not that far, tulip bulbd, daffodils are out and I see some flowers already. Indeed, spring is here!

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  3. Even though I know we’re worlds apart weather-wise, every now and then I get stopped cold, so to speak. When I read eight weeks from our usual last frost date” it brought home the difference in a visceral way. Eight weeks from now is the height of our wildflower season, or even somewhat past that point, and we’re awash in summer flowers. Goodness!

    I haven’t had good rhubarb in forever. The stuff in the grocery stores in ghastly. Along with the pies and such, we always made rhubarb wine, and as a kid I used the leaves as a hat.

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    1. I totally agree about grocery store rhubarb – and I feel the same about grocery store tomatoes! Whenever I’m tempted to complain about our weather, I look at the conditions in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where I lived for a while a lifetime ago. Tonight’s low is minus 21. 🙂 Yet from I hear there’s a healthy gardening community there now! (I can’t remember if they have a northern version of dandelion…)

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    1. I agree! I learned my lesson one year though, waiting to long before cutting it back…it was not a pretty sight for quite a while, and made the cutting back the following year a bit more of a chore. I find, though, that the dried flower heads make really good mulch!

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  4. Amazing how quickly everything starts shooting once the snow has melted. Your rhubarb has caught mine up already! I have noticed hares nibbling allium stalks before. (Hope they leave the chives alone). The rhubarb seems to be avoided though thank goodness. 😉

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  5. A motion camera would be a great idea, sounds like you get a lot of wildlife in your garden. I am jealous of your rhubarb. I had some in this garden when we moved in, but it wasn’t very good and rotted away a couple of years ago. I keep meaning to buy a new plant as I ADORE rhubarb, but the one I want is hardly ever available.

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  6. Lovely photos of emerging foliage. Seeing fresh growth from the base of what otherwise appears to be a dead plant always surprises and delights me. I particularly love the look of the sedum and the rhubarb.

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