Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday or is it Friday or Sunday whatever day it is.
First of all Happy Easter to all the readers of this blog and you family and loved ones. We are living in extraordinary times and this is going to be the weirdest Easter we have ever had.
The days seem to be moulding into one during the Lockdown but at least I have got the garden to keep me occupied. The good thing is that the weather has been at times been great this week with sun and warmth at times. My garden never have had as much attention as it is having now and I am starting to struggle a bit as my local garden centre is closed and I need a couple of things. To it’s credit they are doing a online delivery service so I will probably have a look at it and see if I can get what I need. The main thing I need is some grit and sand to plant my succulents in. They have got perlite on the web shop but I am a little bit of a skin flint when it comes to what I use for drainage.
Hang on here’s me worrying about my garden when the county is going through one of it’s biggest crises since the 2nd world war. I’ll give myself a shake.
Here’s my six.
1. Hellebore Double Specked White
The Hellebores have been great this year and this one is still putting on a display. I say they have been great this is one that I bought this year. Hopefully this will flower again next year. I have got a couple of older plants that simply do not flower. Both do produce plenty of leaves but that’s about it. You never know next year might be my loving year.
2. Tulip Danceline
These tulip did not flower last year but by the looks of it they will flower this year. As you can see they have got a wonderful look of Raspberry Ripple Ice cream. Is will post a photo once they open. All my Tulips pots were looking dry on Thursday so I gave them one last soak before the warm weather this weekend. By the looks of it most of my Tulips should flower in the next 10 days.
I wrote a few blogs ago that I bought some narcissus/daffodil bulbs from Farmer Gracy. The first ones I featured were supposed to be a Mount Hood but turned out to be another hybrid. Well it seems to have happened again. This is supposed to be Narcissus Trepolo. But when I checked the pictures on the internet orb looks completely different. As you can see Trepolo is an strange looking daffodil like you have never seen before. Thinking I had mixed it up with the only narcissus variety that is left to flower Night Cap I checked pictures of that one and it does not match. Having said that though the flowers do look fantastic with it’s yolk yellow centre it makes you want to dip soldiers in the centre of it – for the non British readers toasted bread fingers.
4. Echeveria Red Gilva
I have many Echeverias in my collection and this one is the one that stands out the most at the moment. The mottled orangey brown tones it had at the start of the year have turned into intense red colours thanks to the increased sun. This is my oldest intact Echeveria I have in my collection and it just goes from strength to strength. I have already taken 3 offsets off of it so if anything does happen to it I will still have one in my collection.
5. Primula Denticula
This plant has caught the eye this week. I love the way the sphere of flowers open up at the say time and it just goes to show what wonderful shapes there is in nature be it some of them assisted by man at times. Another one to be split at the beginning of Autumn.
6. Geums Everywhere
I moved a couple of my Geums last Autumn and took a lot of cuttings from them and planted them in a pot with some tulip bulbs in the other half. I removed the 8 Geum cuttings this week and all have done well. Normally I would have gave most them away or even disposed of them but there is plenty of empty spaces in my main bed and the fact garden centres are closed I have used all of them in the garden. Just as well Geums are my favourite flower! I have also planted a lot of Aquilegia Alchemist gold which I have grown from seed but they won’t flower until next year.
That’s my six for this week.
The weather looks good this week to good for the lockdown. At least I have got my garden to spend it in.
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Until next week goodbye and stay safe.