Six On Saturday: Is It Spring Yet?

We’ve been busy in the garden this week! At the end of every day we had this look!

Work This Week

We went plant hunting……and now in my hallway, we are growing these, since the weather turned cold for a few days…….

Winter Daphne
Daphne Genkwa Hackenberry Group

and my favorite plant that just kept speaking to me at the garden center……….BananAppeal!

Illicium Parviflorium “BananAppeal”, Anise Tree

The Featured Photo shows what we’ve been doing in the Woodland Garden. Because I’ve been seeing the beautiful Cornus Sericea’s in everyone’s garden, mostly your gardens dear SOS friends, we went hunting them. We planted three Native Red Dogwoods and………three yellow dogwoods! I think they will make the Woodland Garden pop!

Yellow Dogwood

and this came in the mail……….I think the manufacturer’s make the handles in this color because they know I put it down in the garden and can’t remember where I left it!

The “Girls” Pick

Well that it my SOS for this morning! I have a lot of work to do in the garden today, (more planting) so I need to move along! See you next week!

PS Can you guess what I am doing with the pick?

My Next Problem Child!

Won’t you join us with your SOS?

The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday!  So, it’s six photos . Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at  SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week in another spot!

19 Comments Add yours

  1. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    Great pick axe. Wouldn’t be without mine, especially with our clay soil!

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  2. March Picker says:

    Ah, I also featured our yellow-twig cornus this week. So vibrant and a great selection! Daphnes are some of my favorites, and I finally learned to grow them in pots due to our wet soil. I’m about to wheel a few into our garage just in case we get heavy snow tomorrow, since last year’s snow took out some branches. Enjoy those wonderfully fragrant blooms!

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    1. I am getting ready to dig out the rock stream!


      1. Oops. That last post was for One Man and His Garden Trowel! We picked the same yellow dogwoods “Silver and Gold”! I bought two daphnes and some gardeners told me the Hackberries would be a challenge. I’m up for a challenge though!

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  3. I can’t imagine why you’d need a pick unless it’s to break up winter-hardened clay into friable soil. Hard work, that!

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    1. We have decided to pick out the stones and re-position them from the small creek bed that runs down our hill and through the Woodland Garden! We’ll see how that goes!


  4. By the way, I mentioned you in my most recent post about garden books and garden writers because you got me started on that trail in one of your January posts. I’m glad you did! One book seems to lead on to another, and that one to still another. You can read “It’s Still Winter! Read Garden Books!” at


    1. Thank you for the mention! I am just getting to everyone’s blog posts! We spent the entire day in the garden yesterday! We decided to move a hill!!!! Well, that’s what it felt like! Did you know I have been to Monk’s House? My absolute favorite if I had to pick a house and garden in the UK! I posted about it here. There are two posts, one for the inside and one for the outside! I also received all the updates yesterday for Elizabeth Lawrence’s gardens “going ons”. We will most likely do the Camellia Walk. The Garden Tours that are featured conflict with the Fourth Ward’s Garden Tours, so I always have to pick one or the other! I have not read Life In the Garden! Another to add to the library! Talk to you next week!

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      1. Monk’s House is third on my list, after I review Elizabeth Lawrence’s A Southern Garden. I re-read it yesterday, by the way, paying special attention to all those “little bulbs” I miss from the South. Most of those simply won’t take the winters or the summers. Phooey.


  5. Jim Stephens says:

    Daphne genkwa is a name I haven’t come across in a long while. We tried to grow it as a nursery plant for a couple of years, very beautiful but challenging as I recall. Illicium is another interesting genus though I have to confess I’m not much drawn to the yellow one.

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    1. Wouldn’t you know I’d pick the challenging plants? Oh that Anise tree/shrub is so lovely in my Woodland Garden! We planted 3! It really adds some color to the left edge of the garden. I’ll let you know how it goes and send follow up picks…….It will tone down some once planted I’m sure, but I hope not much! Lime is my favorite color in the garden, after white!


  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    The Daphne Genkwa is an interesting plant. It doesn’t really look like a Daphne to me, but I like it’s flowers. I think your woodland garden will look great featuring those red and yellow dogwoods.

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    1. Oh I love the way the Woodland Garden is sparking up! I planted the daphnes in my side Cottage garden. The genkwa is not fragrant, but is really showy right now and so different to anything I have in the garden, but I bought the winter daphne for it’s fragrance!

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  7. Irene says:

    So enjoyed your pics as we sit covered in snow in the Midwest. ❤️


    1. Irene, being originally from the Midwest, we know snow! Yesterday we spent the entire day and half the night redoing a Hill in the Woodland Garden! I may be old for this! Ha Ha!

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      1. Irene says:

        Ah, yes! You would definitely know snow, then. 😉 I am a native Texan who has had to learn to deal with the white, fluffy stuff. Now, I think I would miss having the four season and even the snow.


  8. So much to like or love rather! If I had to pick just two, they would be the red handled pick and the wonderful Daphne Genkwa Hackenberry Group. 🙂

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  9. Heyjude says:

    The yellow-twig cornus looks lovely, I am sure your woodland area will look fabulous with the additions. I’d also love to have some Daphne – such wonderful winter scents – definitely on the list for this year.

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  10. Wow, you have been busy in the garden, My OH has been doing to weeding and he is amazed how quickly they grow. Only today he commented that the area he cleared last week are overrun with weeds again. As I pointed out, weeding is like dusting. No matter how many times you do it within a few days it needs doing again 🙂

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