Hello there, it’s Six on Saturday time again! This means I’m joining with The Propagator and chums in showing six highlights from the garden. Feel free to join in if you don’t already.
Life in general is pootling along nicely but on the blogging front, I can’t seem to quite get back into the swing of things. There’s no shortage of things to see in the garden and it follows that there’s plenty to blog about too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite seem to be happening. No matter; this week I’m ready and raring to go. On the whole it’s been a dry and sunny week, but the only chance I had to get out in the garden in daylight was Wednesday. Wednesday was wet. You’ll see evidence of this below.
1. Damp Daffodils
There are a few different types dotted around the garden: all are doing well, all are looking cheerful. The one on the top left is my favourite; about the same size as Tête-à-tête (bottom right), flowers at the same time, grows just as well, a little less bold and a little more subtle. Most of these also featured in a much sunnier Six on Saturday this time last year.
2. Grumpy Griffin
Our tortoise, Griffin, emerged from hibernation at the weekend: the days were warm and dry, the nights were mild. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. After digging himself out of his hibernating hole, he wandered down the garden and dug himself straight back into a vacant bit of soil. Never mind, I hear we’re in for a spell of warm weather over the next week or so. He’s out slightly earlier than 2021 – he didn’t bother getting out of bed until April last year.
3. Clammy Catkins
That was the best I could come up with, alliteration-wise. The Corkscrew Hazel is a-dingling and a-dangling with aplomb this year.
Now for some Corydalis updates:
4. Corydalis seedlings
Here’s a little collage of recently germinated seedlings. Tuberous Corydalis have the curious habit of only producing one seed leaf, despite being dicots. They also seem to like hanging on to a little droplet of water at the end of the leaf: these seedlings hadn’t been watered particularly recently, yet many of them held a mini dew drop at the leaf point all the same.
From freshly germinated seed to the fully grown thing:
5. Corydalis solida seedling 1
Here’s a charming little plant grown from seed. I refer to it as ‘Purple Lips’ because it has purple lips. Ingenious stuff. Anyway, it first flowered last spring and has come along nicely through the rest of the year to flower with even more enthusiasm this time around.
6. Corydalis solida seedling 2
I imaginatively refer to this one ‘Pale Pink’. It’s a significantly paler shade of pink than the widely grown ‘Beth Evans’, although this isn’t obvious in the photo above. It’s the first time it’s flower and I’m rather pleased that it has done so!
That brings us to the end of today’s Six on Saturday. Thanks for reading!