6 on Saturday: it’s all about growth!

Here is my latest 6 on Saturday post. If you would like to join in with this meme do check out The propagators blog to find out more.

This week the Old House garden has noticeably grown with all the rain we have had here in Wiltshire. After the hot, sunny weather of last weekend, this cold weather has been a shock! I’m back in my coat and boots! Ah well, the joys of spring in the U.K. The garden has obviously enjoyed it.

Here are my 6 this Saturday:

1. The lilac is just flowering and the smell is delicious. This shrub was behind an old tree stump which we took out building the new pond. Since that has gone, it’s giving this area a little more light and this lilac has almost appeared from nowhere.

6 on Saturday; it’s all about growth! Oldhouseintheshires. #gardening
White Lilac

2. The Marsh Marigold in the pond is flowering. I only put this plant in the new pond 4 weeks ago so it’s doing really well here. I saw some newts in the pond today so it’s so exciting to see this wildlife pond take off.

6 on Saturday; it’s all about growth! Oldhouseintheshires. #gardening
Marsh marigold

3. My Magnolia. I was worried a few weeks ago because it looked very unhappy but it now has decided to flower so I’m relived it is ok. I only planted this last year and it looks stunning in flower.

6 on Saturday; it’s all about growth. Oldhouseintheshires. #gardening

4. Crab Apple blossom. I love seeing the blossoms in the trees as it’s such a pretty sight.

6 on Saturday; it’s all about growth. Oldhouseintheshires. #gardening.
Crab apple blossom

5. Cowslips. I found these growing near the old pond and they are so dainty and pretty. They remind me of when I was younger as they would be growing everywhere but now you don’t see them as much which is a shame.

6 on Saturday; it’s all about growth! Oldhouseintheshires. #gardening

6. Cherry blossom. I actually took this photo earlier in the week when the sun was shining!

6 on Saturday; it’s all about growth! Oldhouseintheshires. #gardening
Cherry blossom

That was my 6 this Saturday. Let’s hope for warmer weather this week.

Happy Gardening!




  • I am enjoying your posts. I would love to put in a pond in the backyard but I am concerned that the pond would attract snakes. Here in the Central Texas area of the United States, we are talking rattlesnakes, water moccasins (aka cotton mouths) and a couple of other types of snakes — all of which have a MAJOR attitude problem with people and other living things (like pets). Aren’t you worried about your pond attracting snakes?

    • Hello Sandra, we do have a type of poisonous snake here in the U.K. called an Adder but it protected by law and is rare to find one in your garden as they like woodland. I may find a slow worm which looks like a snake but are actually lizards and we have many in the Old House garden. I would also be worried if I had those snakes living in my back garden too! Good luck with your garden and thank you for popping over to my blog. X

    • Isn’t it? I love it! I found a slow worm yesterday behind the pond.

  • Lovely blossom. I noticed my Apple tree is beginning topic. May feature next week…

  • Lilacs are something that not many are sharing yet. It has been all about the tulips so far. Yours in the only other post that lacks tulips!

    • Haha Tony! I noticed that you are not enjoying the tulip love…..I’m not overjoyed by tulips but they do add a splash of colour don’t they? Yes, my lilac is quite early I suppose as it’s in a very sheltered corner. It’s freezing in the U.K. today so I’m staying in as I’m also sick….😳

    • It is such a thrill….I could sit and watch the pond for hours.

  • Your cowslips are lovely. I’ve just planted a few and have my eyes peeled for them in the roadside verges. So far I have spotted a large congregation outside Wendover and another great cluster on a roundabout near Henley-on-Thames.

    • Yes, I’m always on the look out too! And for English bluebells.

  • Lovely Six. Beware the Marsh Marigold! We planted some at the edge of our pond many years ago, and now, like many of the easy to grow “natives” it requires regular ripping out! Lovely though, and here the deer normally take care of it so it never quite manages to take over the entire pond. Happy spring, nice to find your blog through the Six on Sat.

    • Ahhh point taken. Will watch for that. It is growing very, very quickly!

  • I’m jealous! I had newts in my pond one year and that was it. They marched off somewhere else, leaving me with half the UK frog population! I’m thinking of starting a mail order frog business. The (I think) excessive frog population may be the reason why I see grass snakes here now. Happily I’ve never yet seen one of those having lunch.

    • Well grass snakes and frogs is a great start. A mail order forg business…now that’s a thought 🤔 I’m not sure how many newts are there; it could just be one!

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