It’s been a pretty varied week here in Brum: heavy snow on Sunday, almost reaching -5 degrees overnight; mild by the end of the week, just about getting above 10 degrees during the day. Whilst the weather is changeable, Six on Saturday is not: another Saturday, another Six horticultural highlights. Even more highlights are available over at The Propagator. Meanwhile, I’ll crack on in chronological order:
1. Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’
Here’s the rather lovely fence-trained Winter Honeysuckle (Dierama in front of it) mid snow storm. It started snowing on Sunday morning and this was the result about 2 or 3 hours later.
2. Corydalis heterocarpa in the snow
The garden started to re-emerge from the thawing snow over the next couple of days. Corydalis heterocarpa made a good showing, soaking up some afternoon rays on Monday afternoon.
Next up, a double bill:
3. & 4. Corydalis glaucescens ‘Early Beauty’ and Corydalis paczoskii
All that snow melt spurred on some of the earlier Corydalis. C. glaucescens looks a bit leggy to me, so we’ll see how it comes along. Last year it didn’t really do too well, not quite managing to flower. It’s certainly made a better start this time around. C. paczoskii on other hand looks a bit more in proportion. Despite the exotic sounding name, it seems quite happy here in Birmingham, and is usually flowering away merrily by the second half of February.
5. Exochorda macrantha ‘The Bride’
Looking in fine fettle; the buds on the Exochorda are starting to swell and show a bit of colour. Like the Lonicera, I’ve trained it against the fence, more to save space than for any other reason. It has a lax habit, so it needs a little more room than I have. I’ve trained a framework of stems back against the fence and let the smaller, flowering branches cascade down in front. I’ve found it quite effective with both the Lonicera and the Exochorda, allowing me to grow plants that would otherwise be too big for the available space.
6. Lamprocapnos seedlings
To add to last week’s Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’ vanguard seedling, a couple have popped up from L. spectabilis sp. too. Interestingly, it looks like one of them has a lighter colour – perhaps a bit of ‘Alba’, or even ‘Gold Heart’ parentage. Either way, I’m pretty pleased to see some more seedlings.
More Six on Saturday’s are available, but that’s all from me. Things are beginning to start to get going in the garden, so do subscribe or check back soon to see how we’re getting on!