Six on Saturday 6th February

Good morning and welcome to another Six on Saturday; a veritable pick and mix of gardening sweeties. Choose your goodies, then head over to The Propagator to weigh and pay. If you’re feeling naughty, you can shove a few extras in your pockets too.

First up: dip your grubby fingers into the box and pull out some Corydalis shaped confectionary.

1. Corydalis solida ‘Ruksan’s Red’

Ruksan's Red Six on Saturday

At first glance this is a pot of gravel. Upon closer inspection, you should be able to see the emerging shoots of Corydalis solida ‘Ruksan’s Red’. I’ve put a few similar photos up over the past couple of weeks, but I thought I’d add this one as you can see the tough outer leaves that create a sort of sheath around the shoot to protect it as it pushes up through the soil.

2. Corydalis solida ‘Purple Beauty’

Corydalis purple beauty six on Saturday

A super close up of the flowers forming on C. solida ‘Purple Beauty’. These are the first flowers at the bottom of the flowering stem. Lots more to come!

3. Corydalis paczoskii

Corydalis paczoskii six on Saturday

Last week I put of a up a photo of the C. paczoskii just showing out of the soil. In the space of a week it has managed to start flowering. We’re due a bit of cold weather over the weekend, so hopefully it won’t get knocked back too much.

Now help yourself to a delectable assortment of other sweets:

4. Hellebore!

Hellebore

It’s Hellebore season; I’ve seen lots of photos of these wonderful plants over the past week or so. While I was prowling the garden with the macro lens on the camera, I thought I’d sneak a quick picture of one of my own Hellebores. I was actually aiming to focus on the anthers inside the flower, but I’ve ended up serendipitously capturing the raindrops on the outer petals instead.

5. Mimosa pudica

Mimosa pudica

One for the kids. Okay, it’s mainly for me. You have probably come across the sensitive plant at some point: it folds up it’s leaves when touched. Here are some seedlings sitting on a (rather crowded) windowsill.

6. Little Joe

Little Joe

A few weeks ago I did a Six on Saturday film special. Yesterday I received the film Little Joe from a friend. For reasons that evade us, it’s a French version. Anyway, it’s another film about plants so I’m looking forward to that!

That’s the end of another Six on Saturday. Thanks for popping by, I’ll be back soon but in the meantime, have a look at The Propagator for more sixes. Don’t consume them all at once. Cheerio!

18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 6th February”

  1. I look forward to seeing these corydalis as they develop and flower. They are very attractive plants; ones I look forward to each year though I don’t have as wide a selection as you grow.

  2. Yes, the progress of the corydalis will be interesting. I have the same coloured helibore but not the multi-layered flower……very nice.

  3. A very exciting time for a corydalis lover, which I am by the way but mostly from afar. I’m looking forward to sharing yours, if that is OK? I haven’t heard of that film, must investigate!

    1. Of course! The film got quite good reviews from the critics, but most people I know who saw it didn’t really rate it! We’ll see.

  4. I’ve just been to read the film reviews too. Have you tried ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’? I confess I couldn’t make it to the end. Or ‘ A Little Chaos’ which I thought I would enjoy (Kate Winslet, Versailles, Alan Rickman and I did at least watch it to the end because I was in the Cinema.

  5. I do love a decent metaphor so your sweet shop simulation grabbed me immediately.
    I feel I may be influenced to grow corydalis. Are they easy from seed?
    I think the influencing is as much caused by metaphorical assortment of other sweets!
    Have a good week, a chara.

    1. You flatter me be describing my metaphor as ‘decent’.

      They grow well from seed providing:
      1. The seed is fresh ie. sown the same summer it is produced,
      2. They’re exposed to the elements over winter. They need the cold weather to develop properly.

      Food is always a motivator for me – especially sweet things!

  6. I never tire of seeing these wonderful feathery yet tough Corydalis shoots. You have inspired me to try my hand at growing these from seed. In general, your close-up photos are a smashing success. Did you say you were using a macro lens on a phone camera?

    1. Thanks! The lens is on a normal camera (for want of a better phrase), although I believe you can get macro attachments for phones – essentially a little magnifying glass.

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