Here I am dipping in again to the Saturday Six challenge. It’s been endlessly wet this week and even when we had a little sun on two mornings I had either something else to do or enjoyed simply walking around the garden with my camera. So many jobs to do before March! I need a) a let-up to the rain b) to finally shake off my slothful winter self. Here’s my six …
1. Crocus etruscus ‘Zwanenburg’.
Finally planted in autumn 2019 in memory of the way its closed buds could cause a sudden intake of breath. Otherwordly … a kind of fairy flower.
2. Crocus in the Iris Garden. Just starting to open for bee traffic this week. I seriously bulked up the numbers in 2019 and they were super last spring (just in time to cheer us in lockdown). I don’t think they will be as good this year, so there’s something about that lawn they don’t like. Or maybe it’s me? I always am a bit impatient to mow the area by the time mid-April rolls around. You can see there are more daisies and dandlelions than lawn.
3. Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’. Deliciously scented and surprisingly carrying a lot of flowers during its third February in the ground – last year there were only about three. And such scent.
it seems to me that it’s grown very well for a plant that only arrived in my difficult garden in 2018. I hope it will eventually cover the whole wall.
4. Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’. Planted at the end of the Rose Walk to enjoy the scent in passing – what I love about winter. More time to enjoy things and not so many tasks.
5. Disputed snowdrop. I blogged about these during the week. Back in 2012 I had a batch of G. nivalis from a supplier in the UK. Since they were simply planted for effect at the back of a border under some hazels I am ashamed to say that I’ve never got up close to investigate properly (don’t like walking on wet soil in winter). This year I noticed that half of the group – the strongest half, actually – are double.
I was just calling it Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’, and then one knowledgeable blogger suggested that the inner petals were too regular and that the bulbs might be ‘Hippolyta’.
I don’t know, but I enjoyed taking a much closer look and I think I might start recording all of my snowdrops like this.
It was a real snowdrop week for me – I now have 9 more cultivars arriving, although I’m nervous because there will only be one of each bulb. But I have a plan!
6. Euphorbia myrsinites. Has been looking very dramatic throughout the winter.
Hard to imagine a more textural plant, in spite of its small size – a writhing parcel of snakes hissing across the concrete and gravel in the Mirror Garden.
And it’s spreading itself into every little rock or concrete crevice in the garden (there are a lot of those), bless it. Here, a seedling that’s put itself on the edge of the drop down from the Mirror Garden to the greenhouse – presumably so it can keep an eye on the tomatoes in summer!
Go on over and enjoy other people’s ‘sixes’ this Saturday. You’ll find hundreds of links from across the globe at The Propagator’s blog.
Have a splendid week and – hopefully – some sunshine wherever you are!