Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
I’ll start this blog in an inevitable manner by mentioning the Coronavirus that seems to be gripping the World and the fact that some leaders and governments can’t seem to grasp that no matter where the virus has come from (believe me I have some wonderful conspiracy theories going around in my mind) the virus is here and needs dealt with. It was painful to watch that speech by Trump on Thursday morning. However has Boris got it right by going with the herd immunity theory? I haven’t made my mind up yet. People may say that virus has nothing to do with gardening but that couldn’t be further from the truth as during these uncertain times the garden can be a constant stress relief and give us a time to relax and not worry about what weird crap seems to be going on at the minute around the world.
The weather has been mixed this week with some sun, rain and even a touch of snow but thankfully the weather has not caused any dramas.
Here is my six.
1. Hepatica Pyrencia (Pyrenean Princess)
I bought 4 new Hepaticas a couple of weeks ago as I think the flowers are small, delicate, detailed and spectacularly pretty. I also like the fact they flower at the start of the year and give you a lift after a dark, cold wet winter. This one has tiny dainty white flowers and dainty yellow stamens. The leaves are marbles and in some ways just as pretty as the flowers. There seems to be many different Hybrids out there and the flowers can be different shapes and colours. However they are not cheap plants and indeed some of the Japonica Hybrids can cost eye watering amounts.
2. Pulsatilla Vulgaris
It looks like it is going to be an exceptional year for Pasque Flowers this year. These hopefully should flower soon and this one will be a lovely Crimson colour with a yellow centre. You get a double whammy with these plants as the seed heads are really pretty as well. Once these have flowered I am going to lift these and split these.
3. Saxifraga Whitehills.
I feature this plant a lot purely because it looks spectacular. As you can see it has tight clump forming rosettes which are silvery grey. In the picture it looks like it is covered in frost but this was taken when it was mild. In the flesh it looks like it has bee sprinkled with icing sugar and this has caused a wonderful patina. This will produce tall stalks of little white flowers in the summer.
4. Primula Carrigadale
This plant has brilliant vibrant white flowers. So brilliant I can’t take a decent photo of them. Again I have marked this one to be split once it has stopped flowering. Hopefully I should get 4 decent plants out of it.
5. Aeonium Goblin
I always post pictures of plants that look good but I thought for a change I would post a picture of a plant that is struggling. I don’t really know why it is struggling as it was protected over the winter in the same cold frame as the rest of my Aeoniums. I do however think this plant will bounce back but it might take some time.
6. Saxifraga Gregor Mendel
It’s always nice to see new flowers when you come home from work and these ones appeared on Tuesday. The primrose yellow flowers really do contrast wonderfully with the green leaves.
That is my six for this week.
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Until next week goodbye.