Six on Saturday 8th May

Why hello there! You may well be here because it’s Six on Saturday time; that’s just as well, because I am too. There’s no real order or logic to this week’s Six, just a selection of garden-related things for perusal at your leisure. There are, of course, many other posts to get stuck in to …

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Corydalis and Dicentra flowers

I have repeatedly stated that Corydalis and Dicentra are closely related (and form either the family Fumariaceae, or the subfamily Fumarioideae, depending on who you ask). This may leave you asking many questions, such as “Are you sure?”, “How so?”, and “Can you leave me alone?”. While Dicentra and Corydalis flowers may look dissimilar, they …

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Six on Saturday 1st May

Goodness gracious, it’s Six on Saturday time again! The main event of the week has been the arrival of some rain. It’s slowly starting to re-saturate the completely parched soil, and we’re in for plenty more rain over the next week. The Propagator will be hosting many more people who comment obsessively on the weather, …

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Six on Saturday 24th April

Another week has passed and another Six on Saturday is upon us. It’s been a mixed week: some lovely sunny afternoons, some light frosts on a couple of mornings, and still no rain! The shrubs are doing fine, but some of the more shallowly rooted perennials are flagging a little. The Propagator is the epicentre …

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Corydalis x ‘Craigton Blue’

Of all the numerous offspring of the prodigiously promiscuous Corydalis flexuosa, Corydalis x ‘Craigton Blue’ is surely one of the finest. It is suitably robust in the many categories that a gardener demands their plants perform in. Long flowering, almost perpetual leaf cover and unfussy about position; it’s a pretty easy going plant. Long lost …

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Six on Saturday 17th April

Good morning and Happy Saturday! It’s time to charge headlong into another Six on Saturday, led by the fearless Propagator. Generally, I try to have a theme of sorts to tie the six things together. This is one of those weeks when there is no theme, just a big old splat of Garden Things. After …

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Previously known as Dicentra spectabilis, Lamprocapnos spectabilis is a longstanding garden favourite. Even before it’s introduction to Europe in the early nineteenth century, it has been grown as a garden plant in China and Japan for many years, quite possibly centuries. Despite being a popular and widely grown plant throughout the temperate world, in it’s …

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Six on Saturday 10th April

Hello there, and welcome to this week’s Six on Saturday! It’s pretty dry in the garden and frankly, the place is flagging a little; I’m sure it’ll pick up as soon as we get some rain (by the time you read this, we may have had some). In the mean time, shrubs, with their more …

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Tree Following – April 2021

At the crack of dawn on a rather moody looking Easter Monday, I stumbled, bleary eyed, down to Rookery Park for this month’s Tree Following (previous Tree Followings are available here, here and here). Upon reaching my destination, the park was completely deserted. Even in the early mornings, there are usually a few dog walkers …

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