Why hello there! You may well be here because it’s Six on Saturday time; that’s just as well, because I am too. There’s no real order or logic to this week’s Six, just a selection of garden-related things for perusal at your leisure. There are, of course, many other posts to get stuck in to over at The Propagator. Do take a look. Here are my Six:
1. Bearded Iris (name: unknown)
This is a favourite of mine. It has huge white flowers (slightly edged with blue, when they first open), although they’re a little prone to being damaged by this weather of ours. I think this is the year to dig it up and divide it: it’s become a little large for the position it’s currently in, and there doesn’t look to be quite the same number of flowers on their way this year. I have a spot further down the same stretch of border reserved for one of the divisions.
Truly, we’ve had a bit of everything this week. Sun, cloud, rain, hail, cold, warm, no thunder (yet) though. Anyway, this photo’s from Monday evening. It was absolutely pouring with rain when I took this. Sheltering myself and the camera under my coat and standing in the middle of the garden; any neighbours that saw me would have been most concerned, I’m sure.
3. Acer palmatum
This was a present for my better half a few years ago. I don’t think she was hugely impressed with the twig I bought when she’d asked for an acer. It’s paying dividends now though! In my defence, smaller plants often establish much faster and better than bigger ones. As well as being nice and healthy, it’s also got a very pleasing shape.
4. Pseudofumaria lutea
I’ve featured this plant at various times in the past, but I really like them. Previously named Corydalis lutea, and also referred to as Yellow Corydalis, they spring up freely on the floor of the greenhouse. Occasionally I’ll pull one up if it’s in the way, but generally speaking, I let them do their thing.
5. Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’
The various Lamprocapnos have had a mixed start to their year: enjoying neither the cold, nor the dry. As a result, some have come up looking a little bit feeble, but I’m sure they’ll sort themselves out. The photo on the left is actually of some seedlings of ‘Valentine’. The flowers have the same dark red colour as the parent (as opposed to the pink of the species), but the leaves are slightly lighter. I assume they’re a bit of a mix between the species and ‘Valentine’. Below are the leaves of both as a comparison:
It’s a subtle difference, but one that’s more striking in real life. It keeps me amused anyway!
Finally, a quick photo of Griffin. He’s back to his usual self now: head down, charging straight for me, ready to inflict all sorts of malevolent behaviour upon my innocent person.
That brings this week’s Six on Saturday to a close. Thanks for dropping in, and don’t forget to head over to The Propagator to have a look at some other Six on Saturday posts. Enjoy your weekend!