Hello and welcome to a long overdue Six on Saturday. What with one thing and another I haven’t been able to get my act together, the result being several week’s absence. This also means that there’s much to report on; spring has perhaps not sprung, but it has had a little peep round the corner. As usual, many more Six on Saturday posts can be found over at The Propagator.
1. Bergenia and friends
This cheery chappy has been in bloom for a few weeks now. It lurks underneath the Dierama, providing a bit of ground cover for most of the year, before flowering it’s socks off right at the start of spring.
2. Daffs and friends
Further up the same stretch of border, here’s one of several clumps of Tête-à-têtes doing it’s thing. The Pennisetum sitting just behind it has settled into it’s position nicely after sulking for the best part of a year.
Having strolled along the gravel path, stopping to admire a couple of things in the adjacent border along the way, we come to the Corydalis. There are quite a few coming up now: here’s an unnamed pale pink number in front of Corydalis solida ‘Purple Beauty’. Both are early quite early flowering; I’ve noticed on social media that further south and west of Birmingham there are a number cultivars already in flower which aren’t quite there yet for me. ‘Beth Evans’ is quite widespread and seems like a good marker to measure against. Here in Brum, we’re only at -1 on the Beth Evans Flowering Timeline© (BEFT).
It’s not just Corydalis that are making their mark; the Dicentras are starting to emerge and unfurl from their winter slumber. Here’s Dicentra formosa ‘Filigree’ showing some exemplary unfurling.
In the greenhouse, the various seedlings are doing various things. Corydalis paczoskii was the first Corydalis to flower this year, and it’s seeds are the first to germinate. It looks like a pretty good germination rate: always pleasing to see! I was trying to take a picture that showed some of the greenery in the other pots in the background. If you look carefully you can see some other seedlings and a few second year plants too. Or you may just see some green blurs.
6. Carnivorous Plants
On the windowsill in the living room we have a modest collection of carnivorous plants. They’re a recent acquisition and part of the general plant-based indoctrination of my children. They became unreasonably nervous when I ordered the plants – it turned out they were concerned they might be eaten alive by the verdant little beasties. They were mightily relieved, on the plants’ arrival, to see how small they were. The main reason I’ve put these photos here are to show the little freebies that have cropped up in the Venus Flytrap pot. There are several little Sundew seedlings growing in the compost. They look different to the other Sundew shown (Drosera capensis) on account of the shape if their leaves (spoon shaped, compared to D. capensis’ narrow leaves). Anyway, it’ll be fun to see how they turn out.
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading and have a good weekend!