Good morning and welcome to another Six on Saturday. Before you take your pew, why not light a candle at the altar of St Propagator, perhaps stopping at the Six Stations of Saturday on the way? I feel my metaphors are getting a little out of hand, so perhaps I’d better move on…
Well, I feel this is fairly self explanatory. After experimenting with a few different ways of growing them, I’ve settled for sowing them in modules at the start of January. I give them a bit of heat to germinate, then sit them in the unheated greenhouse ’til they look as per the above photo. I’ll plant them on the allotment as soon as I get a chance.
2. Botany 101
Here are a few cultivars of Corydalis solida looking rather verdant and grateful for some milder weather. I’ve been teaching my daughter the important botanical technique of Pointing At Things. She’s got some way to go, but she’s getting there.
3. Corydalis paczoskii
This plant featured a couple of weeks ago. It’s made slow progress during the cold weather but has made up for it over the last week. I don’t remember it being quite so early in previous years, but this time round it’s the first to be in full flower. Not easy to pronounce, but easy to grow!
Now that I look at the photo, it doesn’t show quite as much as I thought it did. At the front are the Corydalis and Lamprocapnos seedlings that have already featured. The interesting stuff is at the back and out of focus: some Dicentra seedlings and Corydalis cheilanthifolia and tomentella. Never mind, there’s always next week!
5. Corydalis petrophila
I forgot to include this picture last week, so here it is. I’m growing it from seed I bought from the excellent Growild Nursery (leave your credit card with a responsible adult before you browse their catalogue). It’s not yet a year old, so hasn’t flowered yet, but quite frankly it’s worth growing for the leaves alone.
6. Ceratocapnos claviculata
This time last year I was on a rather wet holiday, with the family, in Shropshire. We usually go away in February half term, but this year we’ll have to make do with previous years’ photos. While we were away, we took a stroll around the restored bog at Whixall Moss. We had a squelchy time. More importantly, I found masses of Ceratocapnos claviculata; a close relative of Corydalis and Dicentra that is native to this green and pleasant land. Here it is in it’s happy place: scrambling up the previous year’s bracken stems and generally having a whale of time.
And so ends today’s Six on Saturday. After several attempts to finish with the same metaphor I started with, each one more potentially offensive than the last, I think I’d better simply say goodbye and see you next time! Don’t forget to take a look at some other Six on Saturday posts.