It’s been a chilly old week, but here’s something to warm the cockles of your heart: it’s Six on Saturday time. Before warming your hands on the gently glowing embers below, why not go and singe your eyebrows off on the veritable furnace of Sixes over at The Propagator. I’ll start with some General Garden Things, before progressing to some Specific Corydalis Things
1. Crocus tommasinianus ‘Death Wish’
An unofficial name, bestowed by me upon the particular variety of Crocuses that grow in my lawn. Each year, they gamely rear their heads through the turf. Each year, they are stamped on, cycled over and poked by my darling children. Each year, I arrive home at some point in the spring, to find the lawn bare of flowers and a random receptacle filled by said darlings with Crocus flowers, as some sort of offering. Each year, the Crocuses eventually retreat, before doing it all again the following spring. If it were me I’d give up.
2. Bergenia cordifolia
Bergenias are truly underrated plants. They never seem to make it on to any Top 10 lists, but I think there ought to be a little clump of this in every garden. They’re evergreen, tough as old boots and flower sporadically throughout the winter as well as putting on a main flush of flowers in the spring. I’ve not really found anywhere they don’t grow yet.
3. Corydalis seedlings
I’ve already featured a few pictures of seedlings, but this one’s a good ‘un: the first of the Corydalis seedlings to emerge. These particular specimens are seedlings from Corydalis solida sp. which itself was grown from seed (germinating in 2016). Corydalis seedlings have the curious habit of only having a single seed leaf, despite being dicots (Wikipedia will, as ever, explain all). For their entire first year they have only this single leaf, which forms a tiny yellow tuber for next winter.
4. Corydalis malkensis
In contrast with some of the Corydalis I’ve shown in previous posts, C. malkensis makes it’s way out of the soil with it’s flowers more prominently shown. The colour (white/cream) is already showing on the unopened flowers. I lost the original plant of C. malkensis, but thankfully it provides lots of seeds, so now I have plenty!
5. and 6. Before and After: Corydalis solida ‘Purple Beauty’
‘Purple Beauty’, being an early riser, has already featured on Six on Saturday, but I thought I’d show it again: heading onwards and upwards despite the snow. The second photo is after the snow thawed. The ground has since frozen solid, but ‘Purple Beauty’ continues to make steady progress.
I hope you are feeling suitably warmed. Don’t forget to have a look at some other Six on Saturday posts. See you soon!