Six on Saturday: Spring has Spru…

Well no, Spring has NOT quite sprung yet, but it is thinking about it and along with new shoots on numerous herbaceous perennials and buds breaking on trees and hedges there are many other signs that the seasons are a’changing, like the impending arrival of fritillaries in the woodland (above) and the exciting appearance of the first green spikes of some of the hostas:

Drumstick primulas have not stayed around for long in the past here but now there is a lovely little clump in the streamside border which must be in at least its third season now:

Also looking promising is the spotty foliage of Erythronium dens-canis ‘Purple King’, something that also hasn’t done well in the past but was planted in growth rather than as a dry bulb this time so may fare better – I hope so:

I have loved the humble pulmonaria ever since taking a clump from the family home to my first adult one, moving it to other homes and adding to its number. A few years of disturbance seem to have ruled out any strikingly big clump for the time being, but I am hopeful they will come again in time. Here is ‘Blue Ensign’, one of the first to show colour this year:

Clematis alpina are a joy to see in early spring and in theory there should be one on each of the eight posts of the clematis colonnade; in practice, however, it looks as of at least one post will be missing its spring boost of colour this year. Although others have leaf buds ready to burst forth, only C alpina ‘Constance’ (below) has flower buds; she was new last year, replacing a mature specimen of the same variety which sadly lost the will to live after major upheaval when the colonnade was first revamped. Perhaps some of my recent ‘mystery clematis’ will turn out to be early ones!

A complete surprise on my ramble today was the first tulip, hidden amongst the vigorous foliage of Knautia macedonia – one of the species tulips, but I am never sure if it is ‘Tarda’ or ‘Turkestanica’, probably the latter:

The more observant amongst you might notice that there are in fact seven photographs today, but shhh, don’t tell Jon, the host of this Six on Saturday meme, and I might just get away with it. Do, however, visit his blog and see what other Sixes (or Sevens ) might have been posted on other blogs today

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23 Responses to Six on Saturday: Spring has Spru…

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Clematis already? Our Clematis armandii is at the end of bloom now. I should have looked at the others.

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I like species tulips very much due not only to their lovely flowers, but also their naturalising habit. Your Tarda/Turkestanica is a sweet surprise.

  3. Noelle says:

    It isn’t easy with just six this time of the year Cathy….The drumstick primula is a beauty.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – I thought had only photographed 6 so when I came to edit them I couldn’t decide what to leave out!

  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    So much happening in your garden already. Fun times.

  5. My Blue Ensign haven’t done anything yet but my red/pinky pulmonarias have been in flower for about 4 weeks now. I wonder what’s happened to the Blue Ensign ones??

    • Cathy says:

      MY BE is a newish plant (last autumn) and only has limited foliage so far but had a reasonable root ball when I planted it. Some of my others are only just poking through the ground but if it was mine I might be tempted to scratch around your Blue Ensign to see if there was any evidence of new shoots coming…

  6. Spring on the cusp, lovely!

  7. Looks like there is lots of loveliness on its way

  8. Fritillaries about to open with what I like. Hostas arise from their winter rest. I love the drumstick primulas. The pulmonaria is lovely. Alpine Clematis “Constance” adored her with her flower buds. The tulip is divine. Cathy Spring wakes up in your wonderful garden spectacularly. Greetings from Margarita.

  9. Anna says:

    I fear that one of my favourite pulmonarias may be a goner 😭. So much growth coming through at the moment. I thought of you at the weekend Cathy when I noticed shoots of persicaria ‘Red Dragon’.

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, I do hope your pulmonaria emerges after all, Anna – I am trying to build mine up again after a few years of neglect. I have potted up Red Dragon cuttings today, hopefully to spread them around further!

  10. I always think that there’s not much going on in gardens this time of year except for the odd daffodil, but you’ve got lots of interesting plants there.

    • Cathy says:

      Indeed, when I did a checklist for our open day to show people what to look out for there were over 40 different varieties!

  11. Loveliness. Thanks for sharing. This is so cheery. 🙂

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