Six on Saturday: Raspberry Ripply

The garden is full of spring blossom but to make a difficult choice easier I decided to focus just on pinks. This week has seen tulips coming into their own (which somehow seems a bit early but probably isn’t) but planned not to include them in this post until I saw this one, a relict from the year I planted several clumps in the shrub border. Most of them didn’t come back and I don’t recall having seen this one return before but there it was, looking very pink and ripply and fringy. The label was still there, telling me it was ‘Huis Ten Boch’, although this example seems more variegated than is usual – very pretty though.

More raspberry ice creams and sorbets can be found with the apple blossom, starting to open today…

…and crab apples ‘Royalty’ and ‘Evereste’:

Rhododendron ‘Cheer’ is fluffier than ice cream, perhaps a raspberry fool, and has been flowering for a few weeks and perhaps never as well as this before:

Looks like other rhododendrons will be following soon, as the first glimpses of pink were evident today on this lost-its-label-years-ago one:

I can’t sing the praises of this Bellis perennis ‘Pomponette’ mix enough and it has now become my main go-to winter bedding plant, flowering for months and often well into the summer and even, I believe seeding around. I have certainly found one in one of my borders this year, having survived the winter. They will be ousted from the numerous pots they are in (where they have provided interest before the tulips emerged) when the pots need to be filled with summer plants, but some will be retained or replanted elsewhere.

I squeezed Magnolia ‘Susan’ into a not very hospitable location perhaps ten years ago where she, not surprisingly, sulked; however, some gentle words and the occasional TLC began to produce the occasional flower, with quite a good showing last year. This year, however, she is going to excel herself – good girl!

I am accepting Jon the Propagator‘s invitation to highlight six things in my garden but have been saving my best news till the end: I have a sweet pea in flower! First sweet pea on April 11th – whoohoo! They are a ‘winter-flowering’ variety and are grown in the greenhouse, but last year it was around April 19th so I suppose the mild winter has helped – we are definitely on the road to summer now!

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37 Responses to Six on Saturday: Raspberry Ripply

  1. Such pretty flowers! Great job growing them.

  2. Brian Skeys says:

    I can’t make my mind up about whether I like the tulip, the markings on it are attractive. I do though like the crab apple blossom.

  3. Lovely pink flowers Cathy. I love your pink frizzy tulip! I’ve always liked them, but have never grown one or even seen one in person. I’ve had tulips bloom in my yard that I never planted. Sometimes they seem to appear out of nowhere and then they disappear again.
    Happy Easter Cathy!

  4. That tulip is rather gorgeous 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – it seems to be a variation of what it originally was so is most intriguing! Sorry for not responding earlier – your comment had gone into Spam

  5. Noelle says:

    The apple blossom looks lovely…and I am sure you are enjoying the scent of these lovely flowers in your garden.

    • Cathy says:

      I have been doing a lot if standing and staring in the garden, Noelle – we are so blessed to gave gardens…and to find joy in them

  6. I love the Tulip. The apple blossom is adorable. The flowers of the crab apple tree are divine. Rhododendron “Cheer” in charming. The Magnolia “Susan” is divine, I love it. I love bellis perennis. What a beauty of Sweet Pea flower in the Greenhouse, I love it! Cathy, if you only showed us the pink flowers, your wonderful garden must be overflowing with flowers. I am very happy, so that you can enjoy it while you have to stay at home. I hope that you are well. Keep you and the golfer safe. Take care. Loving greetings from Margarita.

  7. What a lovely selection of pinks! I had the same idea to focus on one colour, but in my case blue.

  8. Heyjude says:

    If I could have one flowering tree it would be a crab apple. Yours are gorgeous rich colours.

  9. Lovely to see your raspberry ripples. Gorgeous, especially the blossoms

  10. Cathy says:

    I love the tulip, and the deep pink crab apple blossom too. Congratulations on the first sweet pea! I have also found that Bellis overwinter and set seed in my garden, and although they are still looking a bit tatty, they will perk up and flower almost all summer!

    • Cathy says:

      That makes them such good value then – I bought mine as tiny pencil thin plug plants in the autumn, perhaps 40 of them for only a few pounds

  11. tonytomeo says:

    Ah, ‘Cheer’ and ‘Susan’. ‘Cheer’ was one of our more popular cultivars, although not one of the standard sort. It did not make sense to me; because it bloomed so poorly for us. The flowers deteriorated as fast as they opened. However, they did surprisingly well in the more semi-arid climates, outside of where we grew them, which was much more important. When I see it blooming in the Santa Clara Valley, I am impressed. ‘Susan’ was one of the first cutlivars of magnolias we got back before we started growing magnolias. I do not remember many names of the magnolias.

  12. All sorts going on! The tulip is certainly unusual!

  13. Anna says:

    Definite shades of raspberry ripple in that tulip Cathy. I can’t help but wonder what the flower looks like in the rain of which we have an insignificant amount of late. Love the crab apples. Hurrah for that very first sweet pea!

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