Why hello there, it’s Six on Saturday time again! This week, I am particularly pushed for time: work, self-imposed decorating deadlines and such. As a result, this is going to be quite brief. More photos, less chit-chat; a Six on Saturday in it’s purest form. For a more immersive SoS experience, head over to The Propagator.
What follows are six photos of tuberous Corydalis that have gone it on their own and cropped up in some unexpected place in the garden. Some call them ‘volunteers’; others call them ‘come b’chancers’; those of a less spontaneous disposition call the ‘weeds’. Here we go:
1. Corydalis malkensis
Here’s a veritable carpet of C. malkensis in the making. There’s another spot nearby with several malkensis seedlings cropping up. What’s interesting is that neither patch of plants is particularly close to where the parent group of plants is growing.
2. Corydalis paczoskii
It’s nice to see another species happily self-seeding (most of the plants that crop up are C. solida and malkensis).
3. Corydalis solida No. 1
Most of the foliage you can see here is that of C. heterocarpa (a herbaceous biennial, that has featured previously). However, I happened to notice this cheeky purple-flowered C. solida peeping out from underneath. It has the colour of ‘Purple Beauty’, but is flowering significantly later: perhaps a ‘Purple Bird’ seedling.
4. Corydalis solida No. 2
Another purple-flowering solida. I’m not sure whether this is a bi-coloured flower or whether the colour hasn’t quite filled out yet. If it is bi-coloured, that’s quite an exciting find. Time will tell!
5. Corydalis solida No. 3
A rather fetching pinky-red character lurking amongst the stems of a perennial Erysimum. There could well be some ‘George Baker’ parentage here.
6. Corydalis solida No. 4
A slightly lopsided pink flowered number, showing the influence of ‘Beth Evans’, most likely.
That’s all for this week. Next week looks calmer (although it always does until you get there), so hopefully I’ll have a more substantial offering. Take a look at The Propagator’s blog for more Six on Saturday posts. I’m off to work now, so forgive me if I’m a bit slow to respond – I’ll get there. Cheerio!