Good morning, it’s Six on Saturday time again! The Propagator will be leading the way, as well as hosting a selection of other Six on Saturday posts from around the world. As I’m sure you are all acutely aware, the garden is a busy place at the moment; both for the gardener and their plants. This all makes it a little tricky to decide where to start, so I may as well begin with a Corydalis:
1. Corydalis calycosa
It’s a beauty, that’s for sure. Corydalis flexuosa, elata, omeiana, the various hybrids; they are all described as ‘vivid blue’, ‘stunning blue’ or something to that effect. At the moment, Corydalis calycosa is topping the charts for blue-ness.
Interestingly, it seems to be doing something that is slightly undesirable in the long run. Namely, it is growing extremely well, but not really spreading. The problem is that the nurseries tend to use very rich compost with long-release fertiliser in. Obviously this is necessary from their perspective as the plants grow quickly and healthily. It does have the downside that the plants don’t settle into the garden particularly well. Herbaceous Corydalis and Dicentras like to spread, given the choice, but the rich compost inhibits their natural tendencies. Ultimately it gives you a great plant in the first year, instead of a great plant in future years. Note to self: be more brutal when planting, and tease out more of the soil from the roots!
2. Dicentra peregrina
I’ve mentioned the progress of Dicentra peregrina a few times previously. I’ve now potted on 5 tiny little seedlings. I’m beginning to think that the original seedling might be a hybrid with one of the D. formosa cultivars. It germinated much earlier, and had a less extensive root system than the other seedlings. The later germinating specimens are more uniform and have roots that reach straight downwards to the bottom of the pot.
3. Hydrangea quercifolia
Now here’s a good looking chap (sadly not well represented by the photo). The flowers have come out really well this year, due to all the rain I suspect. It was grown from a cutting and is starting to look really good. Being a slow grower, it’s all the more rewarding once it starts to mature.
Here’s another plant that featured on a previous Six on Saturday: ‘Healthy’ an extremely early Sweet Pepper. It now has a couple of fruits ripening and show no signs of slowing down either. I’m amazed by how well it grows and how early it’s fruits mature.
Catananche caerulea ‘Alba’
Another mediocre photo of a fantastic plant. I have both white and blue flowered versions of Catananche; either are good choices. It has an airy sort of appearance due to it’s fine leaves and stems, so despite being a fair size, it sits at the front of the border. The buds and the seedbeds look very similar, with the open flowers adding splashes of colour.
6. Oxalis semiloba
This one’s a bit of a peculiar fellow. The flowers are lovely, the leaves have a deep purple reverse, but the plant as a whole is a floppy, tangled mess. It currently lives in the greenhouse with the other Oxalis as I seem to recall reading that it likes a bit of heat. I’m not quite sure what to do with it, or whether I should just accept it’s eccentricities. Advice welcome!
Thus ends today’s SoS. Have a great weekend, and happy gardening!