Six on Saturday 5th June

Good morning! Welcome to another Six on Saturday; whereupon, in conjunction with The Propagator and chums, I shall commence an examination of Six Things that I found in my garden.

1. Lithodora diffusa

(Thanks Gill!)

Lithospermum diffusa

This one seems right at home in a slightly shaded aspect of the owl-pine garden. It has spread quite a lot over the last couple of years, but not to the extent of becoming a nuisance. It just does it’s thing without asking too much in return.

2. Dicentra peregrina

Six on Saturday Dicentra peregrina

You might need to put your spectacles on for this one. Some time ago, I got rather excited about a tiny little seedling of Dicentra peregrina. I have thought about little else since (that may be a slight exaggeration). The original seedling now has this roomy pot to settle into. The old seed pot now has several seedlings showing, so progress is good!

3. Corydalis wilsonii

Six on Saturday Corydalis wilsonii

While I was in the greenhouse, I also enjoyed the company of this little blighter. It’s very easy to grow, and produces generous crops of seed. Whilst it doesn’t seem to mind the cold too much, it’s less impressed by the damp weather which usually accompanies our winters. As a result, it spends it’s life in the greenhouse, and appears to be quite happy with it’s lot.

4. Erodium guttatum

Erodium guttatum

I think I have the name right, but am happy to be corrected. It is another gem I helped myself to at some point. It sits right on the edge of the owl-pine garden, tickling the ankles of any passers-by.

5. Corydalis petrophila

Corydalis petrophila

This made an appearance a few weeks ago, and I’m pleased to report it has now perked right up. The leaves have lost their attractive dark, deeply pattern appearance in favour of a more verdant hue; the flowers are taking over as the point of interest now. Not that I’m complaining. I can’t find much out about this plant, so growing it is a bit of an adventure: one that I’m thoroughly enjoying.

6. Pseudofumaria lutea

Six on Saturday Yellow Corydalis

I seem to be featuring this in my Six on Saturday posts fairly regularly, and make no apologies for it. It’s such a charming little thing, with a rather cheeky demeanour. It’s propensity for cropping up where it shouldn’t only adds to it’s charm.

That’s all for today’s Six on Saturday: another brief one I’m afraid. It’s such a busy time of year, there never seems to be quite enough hours in the day! Thanks for popping by, and enjoy your weekend.

18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 5th June”

  1. Such pretty dainty plants this week, I do like the blue of your Lithospermum diffusa. Congrats on the Dicentra seedling! I’ve noticed some Pseudofumaria lutea (had to check the spelling on that a couple of times) growing in a pavement crack on the shadier side of the road, I was contemplating grabbing some seed when the time is right.

    1. It’s a very striking blue on the Lithospermum – I’d recommend it.

      Yellow Corydalis is much easier to spell and remember, if it helps! I thought I’d better stick to the Latin names, seeing as I used them for all the others!

  2. I have what looks like the same little blue flower in on my SoS and I thought it was lithodora, have I got my liths mixed up or has it changed name. Love you little beauties, especially that erodium, I do love erodiums!

  3. So pretty flowers and colours of Lithospermum.
    I also do like the elegance of the small pot of Corydalis Wilsonii 👍🏻

  4. An erodium which has done very well here in the open garden is Erodium manescavii, a good big plant, a tough one, able to hold its place in a border among all others. I grew it from seed over 30 years ago but only decided this year that I wanted more of it so pulled off the lower growth, a dozen or so, and planted them immediately. The rains since have helped and they have settled in well. The yellow corydalis is another good one to self-seed generously here – Mary calls it a weed but I like it and encourage it.

    1. Your Erodium sounds great, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

      I think Yellow Corydalis is one of a number of plants that occupy that grey area between ‘weed’ and ‘garden plant’!

  5. I have seen the rare Purple Gromwell growing up in the Mendips, and also have a ‘rough’ form and may well be the rare one growing in the ‘outside’ border, but you small evergreen Lithodora diffusa is very appealing.

  6. Erodium guttatum is very pretty indeed. Jim introduced me to manescavii the other year and I’ve sown some more of it recently. I’m sure Pseudofumaria lutea featured on Gardeners’ World last night. A lovely yellow.

  7. The Lithodora flower is a beautiful shade of blue.
    I’ve tried a few Corydalis, with little success but C. lutea would take over the garden if it could. I contemplated trying to remove it but I do love it’s splash of colour and nothing eats it. I now confine it to one area in the front garden and try to remove seed pods.

    1. Corydalis lutea is often euphemistically referred to as ‘an enthusiastic self-seeder’! As you say, it’s nice enough to justify a bit of it here and there.

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