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, and occasionally plants too. Here we go:
1. Phlox subulata
Last Sunday, we took the rather drastic decision to tidy up the patio. It had a good old sweep, and various things were re-arranged. Hopefully, the slightly altered layout will allow us to appreciate the Rockery/Owl-pine garden a little more, as it was rather obscured previously. One of the more pleasing features of this little area is the Phlox. It is slowly creeping over the slabs; softening the edges without being too rudely behaved. In the background on the left you can just about make out another cultivar, although the one featured above is a bit more healthy looking.
2. French Lavender (Lavendula stoechas)
While we were tidying up, I noticed that this little chap was in full flower. I wish I had been a bit more stringent when I cut it back last year, as it looks a little on the leggy side now. I find that they have such a long flowering season, there’s never a good time to cut them back. I’d prefer to keep a bit of protection on it over the winter, so I don’t want to cut it back too much in the autumn, then before you know it, it’s back in flower again.
Anyway, I think they make excellent pot plants. They don’t seem to need much fuss and are much tougher than they look.
3. Oxalis enneaphylla Rosea
This is a similar looking chap to ‘Slacks Peacock’, which featured last week. However, it’s a little paler in colour, the leaves are smaller, and it’s a touch later to grow and flower. I would assume it is one of the parents of ‘Slacks Peacock’, but that’s a guess on my part. All things considered, it’s a cheerful little soul.
It’s in a 5 inch terracotta pot, about 50:50 grit to compost, topped with some more grit. I seem to have an unlimited supply of terracotta pots, courtesy of a lady I work for who was having a clear out. Terracotta ages very gracefully, so having old pots freely available is a good situation to be in!
4. Corydalis vittae
A lovely, pure white Corydalis. I hadn’t realised it hasn’t yet appeared in a Six on Saturday – how remiss of me. It’s a very late flowerer: most of the tuberous Corydalis are going to seed, and some have completely died back now. C. vittae is so late to appear that I always think it’s had it’s chips. When it does finally rear it’s head, it flowers for longer than most of it’s relatives. It’s quite a diminutive little thing, but the bright white flowers mean it stands out well from a distance anyway.
5. Corydalis flexuosa ‘Purple Leaf’
A very fine cultivar of Corydalis flexuosa. It’s been behaving rather strangely this year: it sent out some flower shoots very early, but they obviously didn’t cope too well with the weather. As a result they’ve headed out sideways. There’s some fresh new growth, and flower shoots, coming up from the centre of the plant, which will hopefully help it to look a bit more normal again. I tried to get a picture of the whole plant, bit it was very windy and they all came out blurry. Another time!
6. Cyclamen purpurescens
If you grow any Cyclamen, you’ll know how their seed heads curl up into a little coil. Cyclamen purpurescens has really taken this to heart: practically burying the seed pods with it’s enthusiastic coiling. I notice one of the corms in this pot has pushed itself to the surface. In fact, I thought there was only one corm in there so I’m not really sure what the little devils are up to.
That’s all for this week’s Six on Saturday. If you’re feeling like you need a bit more Six on Saturday, you should be able to satisfy your appetites over at The Propagator’s blog. Enjoy your weekend!