Six on Saturday 21st April 2018

Welcome to this weeks six on Saturday.  Pleased to say the good weather has arrived!.  My first tulips are just about to flower and I am sure more will follow soon.  I must admit I have been a little jealous of all the pictures of the Tulips on Twitter over the last week but I am sure the wait will be worth it.

I am working this weekend so this weeks SOS will be a quick one.   Next week I am on holiday and I am going to make a point of going to Benmore RBGE in Argyll to see the Rhododendrons and walk down the Giant Redwood Avenue.  Expect a blog post.  I am also planning on going to Branklyn Gardens near Perth to have a look at there Alpine collection.  Expect a couple of extra blogs next week.

Here is my six

1.  Hepatica Transsilvacia Alba (Liverwort)


I went to a nursery last Sunday that is just 7 miles north of the Scottish Border, jsut inland from the North Sea.  Edrom Nurseries, Coldingham, Berwickshire.  This has to be one of the best alpine nurseries in the North of the UK.   it has a vast selection and specializes in Hapatica’s (Liverwort) with some plants costing £200.  I ended up buying 13 plants in total with 2 of them being hepaticas (£6 each),  These flowers appeared within 3 hours these exquisite flowers appeared.

2. Sedum Sieboldii


A fantastic  plant. Vivid green and cream colours this is going to be a welcome addition to the garden.

3.  Clematis looking for sun



I have a random Clematis that flowers every year.  I don’t know the variety but every year it comes back.   It gets cut back when the man with the power tools cuts the Ivy back in the autumn and just appears.  Clematises are wonderful plants and I have about 9 now.  This time of year they grow inches everyday and you can see the difference every time I come home from work.

4.  Tulips

Looks like my Tulips will be open soon.  Hurry up will you!   I have Tulip envy of everyone down  South.    By the looks of it they will be worth the wait.

5. Cowslips


Sometimes the best flowers are the most common ones…nothing common about this Cowslip however….in front of it is a Primula Denticulate

6. Garden taken shape…

As this is my first proper spring since I started taking garden seriously. The garden is taking shape. The clematises are growing continuous, my little gravel garden at the front is taking shape and I am pleased with how things are going. Of course no garden is actually finished you just take care of it and nurture this.

This is my SOS. Enjoy your weekend. As I said I am working this weekend but finishing writing this blog in a new bar in Newcastle and treating myself to Burger and Chips as in full holiday mode  Roll on Monday when no doubt the weather will change.

Thanks for reading.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Ali says:

    Your tulips will be worth the wait! Some of mine are over already – they were done in a flash!

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  2. tonytomeo says:

    What is Giant Redwood Avenue?
    What is cowslip?
    Sorry for the questions.


    1. tonytomeo says:

      Oh, it is the other primula in the background of the primula in the foreground.


  3. chicu says:

    For the first spring, you have an impressive garden. Congratulations! As you say, a garden is never finished, but I’d say your’s is well on its way.

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  4. John Kingdon says:

    Personally my favourite bit of tulips is that time between the flower head (I can’t call them “buds”) colouring up and the flower opening. These days I don’t grow species tulips (though that may change) but, rather, buy a cheap(ish) mixed bag and treat them as annuals. They don’t do well a second year if left in my soil and lifting, drying and storing is just too much hassle. So what were the other 11 plants?.

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    1. Erm hang on 2 Rhodedendrons…Patty Bee and Wee Bee. 6 Sempervivum (will need to check in names in a while, 2 Primula’s, 2 Hepaticas oh and a Pasqueflower Pearl Bells


  5. cavershamjj says:

    You will get your tulip revenge when yours are still going and ours darn sarf will be gone over. Enjoy them when they arrive!


    1. I am sure they will….already deciding which pots to put tulips in next year


  6. Lovely Hepatica. Very clear and crisp. A lot of my tulips which were looking great have disappeared in the heat this week! Still, it’ll be Alliums next.

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    1. I am becoming a fan of Hepaticas but I am going to concentrate on the cheapest varieties first!!


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