It’s back to school next week (for everyone else in my household anyway), so come in, sit down and be quiet: it’s time for another Six on Saturday. Eyes to the front or I’ll send you to Mr Propagator’s office. Let’s begin the lesson.
1. Sempervivums in a teapot
Well that’s that.
2. Pulsatilla vulgaris
With Easter (or Passover for any Jewish folks out there) only a month away, my white-flowered Pasque Flower (Pasque refers to the Hebrew word for passover) has it’s work cut out to be flowering by then. It’s a headstrong fellow though, so I’m sure it will make it in time. It lives on the rockery, which is an area that has been neglected of late, hence last year’s growth still lying around the fresh new shoots.
3. Crazy Mixed-up Kid
Corydalis heterocarpa, when behaving itself, grows a mound of ferny foliage in it’s first year, then flowers in it’s second (the just-forming-flowers featured last week). The renegade on the right has decided to go straight ahead and flower straight away, without any regard for convention (and before I’ve had a chance to plant it out in it’s final position). Crazy Mixed-up Kid.
4. Corydalis Babies
I’ve already shown a couple of photos of Corydalis seedlings in previous Six on Saturday posts, but here’s a nice clear shot of some C. solida seedlings for your information and education. They stay looking like this for the rest of the spring and early summer: just a single leaf. This tiny little leaf is all that the plant has to work with to form a tuber, and make it through it’s first winter. It seems like a tough way to make a living, but it seems to work!
5. Signs of Life: Dicentras
The herbaceous Dicentras are starting to pop up all over the place; here’s Dicentra formosa ‘Moorland Mist’. It’s a very nice white-flowered, glaucous-leaved cultivar I bought from Farmyard Nurseries.
6. Dicentra peregrina?
I’m pretty excited about this particular tiny, tiny speck of green. I think it’s a seedling of Dicentra peregrina. D. peregrina is one of the most exquisite plants in the whole Fumariaceae family (or Fumarioideae sub-family, for the pedants out there). It is also quite tricky to grow, adding to it’s allure. I bought a bare root plant a few years ago, which struggled on for a short while before perishing. Last year, Edrom Nurseries supplied me with a beautiful plant in full flower. Again, it perished, but not before setting seed, and quite prolifically at that. If the above does turn out to be one of it’s seedlings, I will be a very happy sausage. Let’s just hope I can give it the right conditions this time! Below is a bonus picture of D. peregrina before it became ex-Dicentra peregrina:
There’s the bell: it’s home time. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and don’t forget to do your homework; please see Mr Propagator for more Six on Saturday posts.