A Walk on South East Dartmoor

Just a few pictures of a 2hr walk on Dartmoor with a neighbours little dog who usually comes along and has done for the last 10 years. I know there won’t be many of these as she is ageing and now in view of C-19 all our lives are changing.

I am in self isolation to protect my husband but also being over 70 I am with the at risk group. So my thoughts go out to all of you and I hope you manage to stay well.



It’s been a busy few weeks but at last time and a gap in the showers to pop out and take enough photos to get a reasonable SOS. It’s a lovely time of year seeing the shrubs beginning to put out leaves and herbaceous plants showing signs of life. The Primulas are so reliable even if they are somewhat ruined by the weather they have a lot of colour and cheer me.

I suppose I should be out there now but I was keen to see The Propagators blog and the latest photos from his many fellow Sixes devotees, so here we go then.


It’s very first flower of the year.


It grows in nothing large gravel and whatever has washed down between the mebrane and gravel alongside our parking place and footpath, it is gradually extending it’s range and I am happy to let it as last year I had a mass of very small totally black bees feasting on the flowers, crossing my fingers I get to see the same this year and possibly identify them.


Or something like that, bought years ago at a car boot for pennies. they were by the pond but moved them in Autum they now make a footpath in for dead heading. You can’t have a glass of wine or two if you intend to navigate these!!


I have no idea at the moment if this is all one plant, or three different coloured flowers or is it a clump of seedlings, all will no doubt be revealed when they stop flowering and I can disturb them for a proper look.


Isn’t nature great it does a better job than I can. Primrose, Foxglove, Forget me not and the pretty little spreading Ivy leafed toadflax always finds it’s way in.

Lamium Maculatum

Love the fresh leaves it has obviously sown itself in to close to a Lambs ear, not spotted until it put out a couple of flowers, I had better rescue it not many of these left in the Hens garden as they like to scoff them, maybe it has learnt to camouflage itself!


Unlike our host for SOS The Propagator I have been very idle garden wise, apart from walking through it to feed the chickens, I do very little but then my plan was to leave everything until spring. All very well but I am finding it harder to resist snipping of the dead stuff as bulbs, Hellabores and new green growth start to take center stage. I wonder how long I will hold out for, well certainly won’t be out there tomorrow, with the high winds forecast. There is peace of mind now that I will not find any slates lying around after the storm as we have a brand new roof above us now. sorting the pots out and putting the gravel to rights after this main event should be high priority but it can wait until I am in the mood. However I did manage a SOS and here they are.


Probably the common one and so nice to see.

Hellabore Double Ellen pink

Usually she rots of in all our damp but this year for some reason she has shrugged it off and is a mass of blooms. See what I mean folks about the twiggy bits, maybe they make her stand out more?


Not one that holds it’s head up there is a bit of a cheat by way of a stick, anyone else have a knack to share?


Which came first the Hellabore or the Buddlia neither appear to be in the centre of the pot!!

No Prizes

No prizes for my daffodils this year someone has been having a good munch on them, I wouldn’t mind but the garden is full of birds maybe I should starve them then they would eat the culprits.

Pulmonaria (Lungwort)

These little chaps always lift me up, reliable in whatever the weather has to throw at them apart from the odd rotted or frosted leaf they are true survivors.


This is a complete is a cheat on my part, as I did not take the pictures myself and also they are a week late to the day. My daughter christened her Step Dads new camera, he was too poorly to do so. She took the camera out in the -4 we had here and bought the winter garden indoors to him in photo’s. so here we go no plant names just a winter snapshot with one extra that I couldn’t resist taking with my camera the next day so yet another flaunting of The Propogators rules:)



Seems ages since I posted a SOS for The Propagator who as always is very diligent and continues to post come what may. I on the other hand skulked about mostly indoors, as every time I did get the camera out, it poured with rain and I lost heart.

So at last here I am with my first 2020 SOS. Wishing you all a Happy Healthy gardening year and hoping that there is some good news from Australia soon it is devastating to see and hear about the homes, lives and animals lost.


Found behind the cold frame that lives in the greenhouse on a tidying up day, I think it’s just a bit old to eat now!!


Are we too early again I think so. Last year they suffered badly having come into flower early and then clobbered by a hard frost after which they did put up a reasonable show but nothing like normal. I have always found Hellebores to be an easy reliable plant but not recently. Lovely to see in mid winter though.


I have never grown Daphne’s before but now have two in the border. I can see something has been munching on it but it’s not going to detract from the flowers when they eventually open, so looking forward to seeing it in full bloom.


So many different ones and some very healthy offspring growing nearby . They never seem to thrive in pots so left them to grow a little bigger. If anyone knows the secret of best time to pot up please let me in on it as I have tried at different times using a variety of potting composts but they always drag their heels for me.


I have been very absent from SOS of late so today this has priority, food is in the slow cooker, windows can wait etc. As usual we have had too much rain not as bad as elsewhere but a real nuisance. It’s been a busy couple of weeks deciding where to over winter pots of young plants and getting to grips with the bulbs in pots. As I write the sun has come out and I am resisting the urge and trying to put roots down into the floor so I stay put and finish and have something to contribute to this great pagehttps://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/six-on-saturday-09-11-2019/


This is what happens to a pot of bulbs when my back is turned!!


Two lumps of old fallen down Apple tree and a spare piece of boarding from raised bed repair a borrowed back wall from man shed et voila a winter resting place, note the Parahebe still flowering amazingly tough little plant.


If the label was in focus I could name this plant, if I unroot myself I will be off out in the garden and won’t come back!


Pruning out the Brambles which share space with the Railway Embankment garden released a yellow cloud of pollen which made me stop or I would be depriving the insects of their possible last supper before hibernation, good excuse to do something less prickly.


Quite possibly her last flower of the year,


They have a nice new rustic piece of oak to sit on, just wish I could find them some new hats paper mache ones didn’t quite work!

Six on Saturday 19/10/19

Well I have not spent much time in the garden over the last two weeks just a bit of cutting back the embankment borrowed Brambles in time to fill the brown bin. this year I have a new bug friendly strategy which means I am not cutting the herbaceous plants back unless they rot, I like the idea of less work just have to see if I can pu up with it, I am pretty sure I can. From memory I only have one more plant to move but you will know what that means I shall spot a few more!! So here are my six pop over and see The Propagators blog ……. https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/tag/six-on-saturday/ always something happening over there


Penstemon , Rudbeckia, Schizostylis,white Japanese anemone, Verbena Bonariensis, Sedum, Erysimum Bowles Mauve all not minding being packed in together, wonderful for October.


Formed on top of an old gate, I am guessing that is a sunflower seed germinated from where I feed the little Robin, will put his picture up at end of this Blog.


Big bold and very reliable 15 years in France bought out as a tiny cutting by Aunt from Uk and then came home again as a tiny cutting with me 12 years ago.


Caught my eye so just a phone snap


The Himalayan honeysuckle, Himalaya flowering nutmeg or pheasant berry. Sun or shade always puts on a good show. In Ireland it grows on roadsides and in the woods. In the UK we are encouraging it as it is a wonderful bee and bird plant.


Talk about coming into it’s own, it has nearly filled the table, whatever do I pot it into next year, the corm was me enormous.


Here is said Robin so friendly I dare not walk around the garden without some feed in pocket or he will buzz my shoulder which means a very light touch of the wing on my cheek meaning ‘hello I am here feed me’ very demanding been around me since a juvenile, shared feed with the chickens, so maybe something had happened to the parent. Again a phone photo never have my camera at the right time.

Six on Saturday 26/9/19

What a wet week we continue to have, the one good thing is that I have done a lot of garden tidying up, putting away pots sorting out container plants etc. OH has helped me by making a plant shelf on legs to store the many cuttings and self sown seedlings that one finds so many of when tidying a bed, I do try to compost some but that’s always a hard one for me. A week of sometimes working through a light shower to running for cover inevitably to the conservatory where a cup of tea can be had, this is better than taking it outside where I cannot sit still long enough to finish the cup and end up with cold tea!

Now I do have a good reason for this SOS being late, late Saturday afternoon we had a series of very short power cuts, which means loss of Broadband and then it has to re load so I gave up. Hope Mr Propagator the chief of SOS will excuse me and you will have a look on at his SOS https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/six-on-saturday-28-09-2019/#respond

PATRINIA Scabiosfolius

Why of why have I only had one flower for two consecutive years. Last year I forgave it as it was newly planted, this year I am not sure what the reason is but I am keeping my fingers crossed as this is supposed to be a short lived plant.


The very vibrant Aster tonga is like having a cup that cheers!!

SEDUM plus resting Dragonfly

Well it was in my garden, couldn’t resist and if I am honest have found it difficult to get Six plants to stand still long enough for a photo!!


Does anyone remember on one of my SOS the upside down Begonia, I was never convinced I would make that mistake and I was right, look at it now, so happy with the cooler weather and not minding the rain at all.


A very exuberant person helped me by removing the Ivy invading from the railway line and I thought the Clematis had gone with it. The poor lady struggles in this position but as I never planted her in the first place I sort of don’t mind if she does disappear. I profess not to like big and gaudy plants so how come I was over the moon when she rose from the dead and put out two of her enormous flowers!!!!

Bidens Heterophylla ‘Hanways lemon drop’

No one chastised me for only posting 5 pictures so here is the missing 6th. a very new plant to try out in an area where an old non flowering hebe has been dug out, it will have lots of verbena bonariensi to keep it company just for now.

Six on Saturday 14/9/19

Another week flown by in the garden and what a glorious one it has been, hope everyone has at least had time to sit and just admire their own gardens, I find it difficult to do as I am in the habit of spotting things to do.


Little beauty is flowering it’s socks off never spreads very much but then I keep dividing it to plant elsewhere in garden as I like it so much and so do the bees as you can see.


Membrane, chippings and a few paving slabs make for a safer entrance to the Pond area.


I think this is Rudbeckia Fulgida Deamii, the Penstemon pushing in is P. Garnet classed as a Crimson red.


Another beauty I love this for two reasons, it’s different to other penstemons and was given as a little cutting from a friend who grows it better than I do, however this year it has done much better in a pot and as it doesn’t grow very tall 24-28″ it is wind resistant.


It is the season of the Aster and don’t they shine. Perfect weather for this one right now it tends to get pretty droopy in the wet.


Well that’s the plan, so far only tickseed grows amongs the grass. First job has been to s to smother sectionsit with a green mulch, then rake it all off and cut the grass as short as possible then sowed yellow rattle, which should impoverish the grass. As you can see I get a lot of bits seeding themselves opposite like the fern. I have put in some tiny Hawkseed plants that grow all over the garden along with self seeded Linaria purpure (purple toadflax) hoping to add more as time goes on.

Well that’s my SOS hope you will have a look at The Propogators SOS  https://wp.me/p8bVbb-2AA there is a lot going on over there.

Six on Saturday 31/8/19

At last here I am once more and rather envious of all the Propagators hard work in his garden, if I knew how to get a link on here to his Blog I would add it in. I just seem to be chasing my tail along very large slugs that the Hedgehogs decline to eat and I am not surprised! However I have managed to fill our brown bin before each due date with some of ‘ the not wanted in my compost bins” waste. So without further comment here are my SOS.


Much loved by the bees and me for it’s sweet smell.


Why blackberries, well they are not mine but they are in my garden. I have about 15metres if not more hanging over the 5ft fence almost to the ground, they grow on the embankment and invite themselves in much to my delight and my neigbours and daughter who of course get a share.

Indigo cherry drops

Bizarrely this tomato starts of really black then as in the one fruit at top of the truss turns red as it ripens, I wasn’t expecting that.

Rosa Laura Ford

Lovely rose, normally flowers all summer but is now looking very sad and sorry for herself, I think these will be the last two blooms until next year when I hope she recovers . I do try to stay as bee butterfly friendly as I can so am a great fan of single roses so Harlequin is coming out to be replaced by a plant that will thrive on neglect, which may be evening primrose I am starting to think of the moths at night now.

Allium senescens subspecies.glaucum

Thank you friend who kept the label of her plant whilst I misplaced mine. A plant that is native to Siberia & Mongolia so it should survive whatever the weather. Neat and low growing at the moment. Waited for ages to open its buds which formed ages ago, suddenly it’s getting going but only one or two flowers for the moment, still the bee is happy.

Alnus incata

I expect I have shown this in a previous SOS but then it has something to offer all through the year. My husbands uncle thought we were mad doing a 60 mile round trip to Teignmouth but he soon came to enjoy sitting under it’s shade and laughing about it. It was a decent size sapling reduced by 50% to just £15 in 2009 a real snip and I only wanted one more tree, a very understanding husband made this possible and a trailer.