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 a brief break over Easter, I’m back to working on Saturdays, so apologies if I’m a tad slow to respond. In no particular order, here are my six things:
1. Primrose ‘Belarina Valentine’
This little chappie is tucked away between two rather pushy neighbours, but is giving as good as he gets. I can’t remember when or where I picked him up, but I seem to remember not expecting much in the way of longevity. I was wrong on that count as he’s been reliably flowering away each spring for several years. Plucky little fellow!
2. Oxalis enneaphylla ‘Slacks Peacock’
I’m quite taken with this. The flowers are very intricate: purple with darker purple veins, lightly edged with white. The leaves are rather jolly as well.
3. Griffin update
Some of you asked for regular updates on Griffin, after his appearance in Easter weekend’s Six on Saturday special. I have refrained so far, for the same reason that I don’t want photos of me lying in bed on New Year’s Day posted online. He is seriously regretting waking up. With all the cold weather we’ve been having, he is burrowing into the earth by the fence. It’s a pillow-over-face sort of situation.
4. Great Big Pot
I don’t do much in the way of bedding plants, with the exception of a few pots on the patio. I acquired this pot a few years ago while working at a plant nursery and it’s had various different things in it over the years. Last autumn I thought I’d go all out and this is the result. It’s got pretty much every thing in it: pollys, violas, pansies, wallflowers, daffs. It’s pretty gaudy. I refuse to apologise.
5. Dicentra cucullaria and canadensis
Here’s a little compare and contrast. Both are tuberous spring flowers with very similar foliage. Cucullaria flowers have a sort of V-shape to the top of the flowers. Canadensis flowers have the more familiar ‘bleeding heart’ shape. For me, D. canadensis is a week or two earlier to flower. They’re both little charmers.
6. Lamprocapnos spectabilis
Talking of bleeding hearts, here’s Lamprocapnos spectabilis just about coming into flower. They’re not really enjoying the dry weather we’ve been having, but they’re managing. I wrote a post about Lamprocapnos earlier this week, with a few thoughts about growing from seed and such.
On a final note, Kind Hearts and Corydalis is now on Facebook, if that’s your thing. That’s all for this week. Don’t forgot to visit The Propagator to have a look at some other Six on Saturday posts. Enjoy your weekend!