Top of the morning to you! Welcome to another Six on Saturday post. It’s been a bit wet and wild at times this week; a bit of a contrast to the sweaty heat of the previous week. As usual, The Propagator is providing a home for all Six on Saturday lovers, so head over there to take a look around. Without further ado, here are my Six:
1. Dierama pulcherrimum
This plant, or group of plants, came from some seed I collected in a garden I used to work at. The garden was absolutely colossal, but I only looked after about half of it (if that). The second half of it had been a nursery and cut flower garden, which the owner’s now deceased husband had run to supply her floristry business. This second half was a complete wilderness by the time I worked there: brambles dominated and Silver birch and Sycamore saplings were starting to establish themselves. In amongst all of this were a few things that remained from it’s former days. One of those was a magnificent clump of Dierama from which I collected some seeds. The whole second half of the garden was bought out by HS2 and the lady moved away so I no longer work there, but the seed I took germinated really well.
With that little story out of the way, back to the reason I’m featuring this; namely, colour variation. The clump consists of several different seedlings planted together, which is now becoming apparent. The plant pictured on the left has the deepest colour, and is my favourite. To the right is a paler coloured flower. The clump as a whole is a mix of shades of pink between these two extremes.
2. Fuschia ‘Hawkshead’
I hadn’t realised until I uploaded the photo, but this was grown from a cutting taken in the very same garden. The shrub as a whole is just starting to come into it’s own, but I love the delicate charm of the individual flowers.
3. Thalictrum delavayi
You can just about see the Fuschia in the bottom right of the photo, but the star of this picture is the Thalictrum catching the evening light. This year it’s done better than ever: more flowers and more height. I’m perpetually surprised by it’s appearance as I keep forgetting it’s there until it’s loose, breezy flowers appear in the summer.
4. Dactylicapnos torulosa
I did a blog post earlier this week about this fun little annual Climbing Dicentra, but here are a couple of photos anyway. Firstly, it’s tangled tendrils: so fine and delicate. Secondly, it’s twisted red seed pods: positively diabolical.
5. Corydalis linstowiana
I’ve featured Corydalis linstowiana before, but while we’re on the subject of unusual seed pods I thought I’d feature it again. The two sides of the pod are spring-loaded, ready to curl back and catapult the seeds away at the slightest touch. If you grab the end of the seed pod, you can usually keep a hold of it while the other end springs open and reveals the seeds. In and around the plant you can find the curly-wurly remains scattered on the ground.
6. Salvia. Bee.
Not quite as clear as I originally thought, but you get the idea. It’s a shame it’s not quite in focus because the colours and positioning are pretty spot on. There’s always next time!
That’s all for today’s Six on Saturday. In all probability I won’t be posting next weekend as we’re off on our holibobs, but I’ll see you soon. Thanks for reading and have a good weekend!