Good morning and Happy Weekend! It is, of course, time for another Six on Saturday. This week I present a varied selection, from the popular to the obscure. The Propagator will be hosting an even more varied selection of Sixes, for perusal at your leisure. Without further ado:
1. Crowd Pleaser
Here’s a bunch of cheerful Tête-à-têtes. I remember reading somewhere that this single cultivar accounts for 90% of all commercially grown Narcissus. I can’t find anything to confirm that now, but I can well believe it. I can also understand why – it’s a rather jolly presence that arrives with such vim and vigour, before Daffodil-fatigue sets in later in the season.
2. Corydalis heterocarpa
While we’re on the subject of yellow, Corydalis heterocarpa is just gearing up for it’s own flaxen display. I’m really surprised at how well this has come through the winter. With such lush foliage, it looks like it ought to die back. Instead, it’s just carried on; a tremendous mound of green through snow and ice. Not that I’m complaining!
3. Corydalis glaucescens ‘Early Beauty’
This little chap is doing much better than it has in past years. It featured in a previous Six on Saturday as a promising little shoot, and has now delivered on that promise. It isn’t flowering particularly profusely, but it’s a charming presence all the same. The photo doesn’t quite capture it: it has a hint of red that streaks down the side of the flower.
4. ‘Beth Evans’
This is my Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’. I say ‘my’ because of a discussion with Jim over at Garden Ruminations last week. The gist of the conversation was about whether ‘Beth Evans’ is a single clone, or whether it has become muddled up with other pink flowered seedlings. During the week I’ve been looking into it a little further and came across an article by Ian Young in the International Rock Gardener (the Scottish Rock Garden Club’s online offering which has recently been indexed, making it possible to find all sorts of useful information). He seems to think that both ‘Beth Evans’ and ‘George Baker’ have become mixed up with other similar coloured seedlings. Interestingly, his ‘Beth Evans’ didn’t seem to provides viable seeds, meaning if yours does, it probably isn’t the original ‘Beth Evans’. I wonder whether both cultivars might now best be described as seed strains. Regardless, it’s a fascinating article. I notice that he also grows his Corydalis in submerged lattice pots. That made me feel rather clever.
5. Flora of the Silk Road
I’ve just received a copy of Flora of the Silk Road (by Christopher and Basak Gardner). It was on my list on the recommendation of Noelle, and when I saw it again at The Tea Break Gardener I took it as a sign that I shouldn’t wait any longer. It has more than lived up to expectation. In summary: the photos are the perfect mix between close ups that show the detail of the flower, and wider shots that illustrate the environment they are found in. The text is relatively sparse but very informative and precise. If you’re in a browsing mood you can look at the pretty pictures; if you’re in an intellectual mood you can read it with the atlas open on one side, and a stack of garden reference books on the other. Preferably with a glass of beer – the three Bs: Beer, Botany, Books.
6. Dactylicapnos torulosa
This merry pot of seedlings illustrates the ups and downs that we all submit ourselves to, as gardeners. Dactylicapnos torulosa is a climbing annual, which used to be included under the genus Dicentra. I sowed the seeds fresh last autumn and was pleased to see a few seedlings pop up almost immediately. Then they all got a bit too cold and gave up the ghost. Thinking that all was lost, I was less than pleased. This week a horde of seedlings emerged, making me pleased again. They were obviously the clever ones, patiently waiting for the opportune moment.
That’s it for this week’s Six on Saturday. If you require more Sixes, you can find them here. The weather forecast is quite promising for this weekend, so I hope you can get out and enjoy it. Thanks for popping by, and see you soon!