Welcome to this week’s Six on Saturday, hosted, as ever, by the indomitable Propagator. It would be impossible for me not to mention the glorious weather we’ve been enjoying over this past week. The previous week had hinted at warmth and teased us honest mortals with occasional sunshine. Over last weekend, these insinuations developed into a full blown, dawn-til-dusk riot of heat and light. Lovely stuff. I even caught the sun a bit on the back of my ears.
1. Corydalis solida ‘Turaco’
I usually leave the Corydalis ’til the end of the post, but I felt ‘Turaco’ deserved pride of place. It’s a really lovely cultivar, with it’s delicately edged petals and abundance of flowers.
2. Symphytum grandiflorum
This made an appearance at this time last year too, but the spirals of unfurling flower heads and the peculiar red-blue combination are too irresistible not to photograph again. This year I used the macro lens, which captured more detail, and the flower head itself is at a later stage of development than the one I showed last year.
3. Cyclamen repandum
Here’s some late afternoon sunshine shining through the petals of Cyclamen repandum. This is one of the latest flowering species and one of the less fussy ones to boot.
4. Aristolochia californica
Some of you may remember me documenting the fortunes of this interesting climber last year. Well I needn’t have worried: it’s coming along a treat and is putting out loads of these curious little flowers. Knowing so little about it and how it grows makes everything it does seem that little bit more exciting.
5. Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’
Old King Eddy is a reliable chap; no trouble at all. The flowers are a deeper pinky red than the species and all the more appealing for it!
6. Corydalis kuznetsovii
I couldn’t quite capture the full charm of this little beauty; it’s flowers are white with a sort of pink smudginess around the mouth of the flower. I believe it’s quite closely related to Corydalis vittae, which flowers much later here in Brum. Anyway, it’s a new one for me and I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out.
That’s all folks, have a super weekend!