Rho-de-do-does and forget-me-nots

On Saturdays, gardeners share highlights on the Propagator’s blog. This week, my ‘Six on Saturday’ starts with a rhododendron, which I bought many years ago at Thelma’s flower shop in Tottenham, and is always a pleasure.


I was admiring a beautiful rhododendron at Stourbridge, a National Trust garden nearby, when a silver haired chap commented to his companion that they were lovely ‘rhode-do-does,’ to which she replied ‘don’t start being silly.’ I thought everyone called these rhodedodos, and what’s wrong with that, but didn’t intervene in their private conversation, instead simply posting it to this blog for the world to read.

But I digress.

My second highlight is wild garlic. The three plants we put in are doing well at the back of the garden under the quince, and they seem to have produced a few seedlings.

I absolutely love wild garlic. There’s loads of it around the river Frome, and I while encourage responsible foraging. I won’t tell you my best spots for a good harvest – find your own! 😉

It’s nice to have our own supply of wild garlic at the bottom of the garden. I think we’ll probably transplant these to our new place…


My third highlight for Saturday has to be bluebells.

Yes, these are not British native species, and yes, they are a garden thug that will take over any shady space if given enough time and no competition. But look! It’s spring and there are bluebells. If that doesn’t make you happy this blog perhaps isn’t for you?


Next up, a tulip after the rain. Tulip bulbs don’t always flower year after year, but this one certainly did.


Number 5 is the galaxy garden.

Two years ago, this was a bare patch of soil, containing rhubarb, bindweed and not a lot else. Now it features a willow archway and spiral pathway, planted with thyme, roses, acer, snowflakes and nemesia.

I’m quite happy with how it turned out.


And finally for today, forget-me-nots.

I brought a couple of forget-me-not plants in pots from our last garden. I planted them around the place, hoping they’d self-seed, and they didn’t let me down.

Forget me not

Well, that’s my list. I’d better crack on with potting up the plants we’re going to take with us to our next garden, as I think we’ve got less than three weeks until we move house (tbc, fingers crossed etc) and about a week until I start a new contract (tbc, fingers crossed etc…).

For more garden highlights, visit the Propagators blog for Six on Saturday.

As always, I hope that your plans and plants are doing well.

Jen x



6 thoughts on “Rho-de-do-does and forget-me-nots

  1. Rhododendrons were our main crop for many years. That is how Rhody got his name. Rhododendrons are popularly known as ‘rhodies’ in the Pacific Northwest, where they are more common. Because they are not so common here, they are just as popularly known by their proper name. You might find this old Six on Saturday post to be amusing:
    I know you didn’t post a picture of it, but is the quince a fruiting tree, or merely a flowering quince? The fruits sorts had been rare here for a very long time. Only a few people of Portuguese or Spanish or perhaps Mexican descent grew them. (Mine is from a Portuguese household.) There are a few of different cultivars appearing in the gardens of families of certain Chinese descent. I am unfamiliar with those.


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