Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
In these mad times weeks seem to be merging into one and I have to admit at the start of the lockdown I was worried in case I got bored a d had nothing to do, but as we all know of you have a garden there is always something to do. Thankfully this enforced gardening leave has landed in Spring in my view the best season in the garden and not in the middle of the winter as that would have been unimaginable. I am also thankful that I have a garden even it is a small one as my heart goes out to anybody that lives in a flat.
One bonus of this enforced break is that most of the country is ins the middle of high pressure coming across from Scandinavia in the Spring and Summer this brings settled warm weather and obviously if it was in the winter we would have settled colder than normal weather. The draw back of settled weather is that there is hardly any rain. As regulars readers of this blog will know I like a moan about the lack of rain we get in the east side of the UK. It must be at least 6 weeks since we have had rain but it permanent Sunday does have it’s advantages and the garden is looking good and my right arm has never been as toned with all the full watering cans I have been carrying from the front of the house to the back of the house.
Here is my six for this week which is full of tulips and the colour blue.
1. Tulip Groenland….but probably not. CBM
I mentioned last week that I had planted some tulips using the Lasagne method and I thought that it consisted of T. Groenland. It turns out I was wrong and. I had planted the Groenland in another couple of pots. As you am see this tulip is a real dazzler. The candy pink and white colours of the petals draw your eyes to a yellow centre. Bees seem to love this plant and I have seen bees going backwards and forwards all week. Groenland is a Vildoflora tulip which means that it should act as a true perennial and come back year after year. The only probes now however is I don’t have a clue what tulips I have planted I the lasagne formation as they still have not flowered.
***Disclaimer*** these Tulip might be Tulip Angelique after reading the Propagators blog. Damn my disorganised mind. Something in the depths of my mind makes me think I did by some somewhere.
2. Tulip Cairo
This is another tulip I have planted in one of the borders in the front of my house and have been there for a fair while now and seem to come back year after year. They make a great contrast with the other tulip that seems to have naturalised in the front of the house Tulip Ronaldo. I am going to plant some of this years container bulbs in the same borders in autumn and will see if they act in the same way.
3. Brunnera Jack Frost
It always lifts my spirits when this plant starts to flower. I have this planted this right up against a north facing fence and it thrives. The dainty blue flowers have a striking white centre and they look like they have been painted. You do get a double whammy for your money with this plant add it has wonderful light green and white specked leaves.
4. Omphalodes Starry Night
Again this is in a North facing aspect. This has grown a lot over the last year. It bad had some flowers over winter but in the last few weeks it has exploded with flower over the last few weeks. The flowers are wonderful and the white areas turn subtly pink after a while.
5. Primula Siedblodi.
This plant disappeared last year but has made and appearance this year. I think it is because that I have planted in a sunny dry area. This was one of the first plants that I bought when I took out garden and I never paid attentions to any of the labels. The weather forecast would have you believe it is going to be a little more cloudier and cooler over the next few days so I will move it to a more shadier area.
6. Aquilegia Salmon Rose
Has finally flowered. I have been like and expectant father for the last few weeks when the first flower stalks showed themselves. The flowers are pretty if some what smaller than K thought they were going to be but perhaps I am being a touch premature with saying that as only a couple of flowers have opened at the moment.
That is my six on Saturday.
After 4 weeks of constant gardening everyday I have decided to take a break from the garden this weekend and stand back and enjoy it from a far and notice any plants in the garden I have I have missed.
If you want to write a SOS blog it is not that difficult. As always to find out how six on Saturday works please follow the following link The Propagator. The don of Six on Saturday.
Until next week goodbye.