Another week has passed and another Six on Saturday is upon us. It’s been a mixed week: some lovely sunny afternoons, some light frosts on a couple of mornings, and still no rain! The shrubs are doing fine, but some of the more shallowly rooted perennials are flagging a little. The Propagator is the epicentre of all Six on Saturday activity, so head to his blog to take a look at some other posts. For my part, the first few items involve revisiting some previously featured plants.
When I showed these earlier in the year, they were hunkered down in the living room, waiting for some warmer weather. In the end, I put them in the greenhouse to take their chances. Despite the temperature dropping below zero in there every night last week, they are doing pretty well. I’ve kept them quite dry, to lessen the effects of the cold. The peppers and cucumbers are still in the living room; hopefully I’ll be able to move them out before too long!
2. Dicentra peregrina
I’m now almost certain that this is a peregrina seedling. It has also been joined by another plucky friend (out of shot). It’s making very slow progress. I’m not sure whether this is normal, or whether it’s not very happy. Only time will tell…
3. Oxalis enneaphylla ‘Slacks Peacock’
This one was star of the show as recently as last week, but I couldn’t resist putting up another picture. This captures it with the flowers wide open, and more of them too.
Now that we’re caught up with that lot, onto some Corydalis successes and failures
4. Corydalis ‘Boyar’
I believe it was Donald Trump who, with typical sagacity and wisdom, said “It is only by learning from our failures, that we can achieve success.” It’s possible I made that up, but my point still stands. ‘Boyar’ is variously described as ‘easy to grow’, ‘a vigorous hybrid’ and other such phrases. Unfortunately, the grand sum of my efforts is, as I’m sure you can see, less than impressive. The good news is that it’s still alive. Presumably if I can find something to learn from this, I’ll be more successful in the future.
5. Corydalis temulifolia
This is not a failure as such, just a damned good frost scorching. The plant is fine, but it’s a bit of a shame. The leaves were looking great and it was starting to come into flower. Admittedly, the flowers are more of a curiosity; it’s the leaves that are the talking point.
On a slight aside, this was sold as C. temulifolia ‘Chocolate Stars’. I don’t believe that the named cultivar is actually any different from the species, so I tend to just refer to it without the ‘Chocolate Stars’ embellishment.
6. Corydalis nobilis
And to finish: a success story. This has been a long time coming. It’s a plant I’ve grown from seed sown in 2014. It has struggled along, putting out a measly display for it’s first flowering last year. This year, despite the dry weather, it’s starting to look more fitting of it’s name.
That brings this weekend’s Six on Saturday to a close. You can find lots more posts over at The Propagator, so do take a look. Enjoy your weekend!