Happy weekend and welcome to another Six on Saturday. I am again joining with The Propagator and the other Six on Saturday folks in presenting you with six photos of garden-ish things. After last week’s indoor alternative, I have ventured back in to the garden to seek out the Orphic emergence from the underworld of some Corydalis (plus a few extras). Before we get to that, I’ll start with some classics of the winter garden. Without further ado:
1. Obligatory Snowdrop Photo!
It’s that time of year again; I can’t seem to move for photos of snowdrops, and of course it’s just too tempting not to join in. We’ve all heard it said that the best things in life are free and these snowdrops certainly support that theory. They were originally growing in someone’s lawn, and I was invited to take a few. The offer was not refused.
2. A Chilly Hellebore
A rather phrosty photo of a deep purple hellebore doing it’s thing. They’re just so flipping’ tough, aren’t they!
3. Hazel Catkins
Here are some dingly-danglies from the weeping hazel. What with it’s weeping habit and pendulous catkins, this hazel is a seriously pensile plant. Last year the catkins were systematically removed from the tree by my darling children. This year a compromise has been struck: they can continue in their wicked ways as long as I don’t notice. Ignorance is bliss.
4. Corydalis solida ‘Purple Beauty’
Huzzah! I realise that this might not mean much to an innocent bystander, but those of you who are up to your knees, perhaps even your necks, in muck and horticultural obsession will perhaps sympathise: it’s tiny little shoot. This one is ‘Purple Beauty’, although I realise at this particular point in it’s growth, it doesn’t make much difference which one it is. I do like the way they come up fully formed: leaves, flower spike, whimsical disposition and all.
5. Corydalis integra
Corydalis integra never fails to make an early showing. This one’s actually in the greenhouse, so slightly earlier than it’s friends outside. Although it’s perfectly capable of growing outside, I keep any pots in the greenhouse to protect them from squirrels and magpies and crows and children. And lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), just to be on the safe side.
6. Lonesome Seedling
A very eager Lamprocapnos seedling. The seeds in this pot were taken from ‘Valentine’, a cultivar with deeper red flowers than the species. ‘Valentine’ usually shows a strong red colour on the stems and has darker leaves, and I’ve found this colouring generally shows in the seedlings, but this particular seedling doesn’t appear to have this darker colouring. It seems to be a bit of an outsider, both in it’s timing and it’s genetic make up. Not to worry, all are welcome here, even the funny looking folk.
That’s all for today, but feel free to have a nose at some other Six on Saturday posts. Thanks for visiting, do come again!