Six Saturday Smiles

We have continued with gloriously sunny days this week, albeit with the downside of frosts at night – it’s strange how one can almost forget, after the lower light levels of a winter season, the joys that a bright and sunny day can bring.

The sunshine and added warmth have encouraged many new joys in the garden, firstly the sudden bursting into bloom of these Iris reticulata, potted last autumn ready for sale at our cancelled open day a fortnight ago – they have clearly had a discussion amongst themselves and decided to open simultaneously. In the Coop, the first hippeastrum (‘Red Lion) is also showing colour:

The hellebores are much later than some years, but some are now in full bloom, like Harvington Double Spotted – but you need to take a cheeky look up her skirts to see the flowers properly:

It’s not just blooms that are surprising me on my regular rambles, but new growth on herbaceous perennials, like the ubiquitous aquilegia and geranium that make a valuable contribution to our borders. I was amazed at how red the fresh geranium (probably Ann Folkard) growth is:

In bloom sooner than these are the first Anemone blanda, at the edge of the increasingly overgrown hedge border. There must be  3 or 4 white pulmonaria at the front of this border too although there is very little sign of them, and I have half a mind to replace the soil which is pretty poor and full of pebbles – as I realised when our moley visitor left us several heaps of it. Having spotted these anemones, I had a quick look in the woodland to see if the wood anemones were pushing through yet too – they probably are, but not obviously so.

Halfway through our sunny week and we were blessed with the first open narcissus, a clump of ‘Tête-à-tête’ outside the front door, where they get the full benefit of the morning sun; these will soon be joined by those in the streamside grass where they will mingle with the Crocus tommasinianus. Most years the crocus have been over before the narcissi bloom, but this hasn’t been the case for the last couple of years, where they have bloomed simultaneously, all weather-related, no doubt.

There will be more new growth being celebrated on other Six on Saturday contributions, so why not visit our host Jon the Propagator to see them?

 

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31 Responses to Six Saturday Smiles

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Crocus tommasianus seems to be rather tall, although still quite short. I am confused about it now. I am told that it is shorter than Dutch crocus, but my Dutch crocus bloom barely above the ground. It Crocus tommasianus the same as Crocus tomasianum?

  2. The sun works miracles. Iris reticulata are divine in all colors, I love them. Hippeastrum opening its cocoon and showing its fuchsia color is a very special beauty. Hellebore Harvington Double Spotted is splendid, wonderful, divine, I love it. Herbaceous perennials are coming out of their lethargy: aquilegias and geraniums, they enchant me. The Anemone blanda in flower are divine, I adore them. The first Narcissus “Tête-à-tête” opened, it is a blessing, I love it while the saffron is in bloom: magnificent, wonderful. And yes, Cathy, it has to do with Climate Change. Cathy enjoys all your new blooms, they are wonderful as your garden. Take good care of yourself and the golfer and keep yourself safe. Happy and good weekend. Warm regards from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      There will always be a difference in the weather from year to year in the UK but there will be an element of climate change at work too, I expect

      • Yes, Cathy, we will have to work differently. The governments of all countries have to take very urgent and severe measures and change the production models to try to make climate change the least possible, because stopping it can no longer be done. On 01/27, I saw on the news that an ice surface of more than 1,200 square km and 150 m thick had separated in Antarctica: it was already being followed by satellite to inform maritime traffic. This is Fateful Climate Change. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

        • Cathy says:

          I hadn’t heard about this ice, Margarita

          • Cathy here in Spain the news appeared in all the newscasts of all the television networks and in the foreground of all the newspapers. And it was commented on in the news gatherings on Monday. Maybe since it was on Saturday and it was the weekend, you would be busy with something and you missed the news; or the UK news and newspapers did not care. I do not know. But you can watch it online. Have a very good weekend. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

          • Cathy says:

            I don’t really watch the news, Margarita, but hear news headlines on the radio and read the Sunday newspaper

  3. Ian Lumsden says:

    Last year and this everything has come at once.

  4. It is amazing how our mood lifts when the sun shines. I am sure the plants feel the same. The hellebore is amazing!

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t have a problem with winter and the shorter darker days, and perhaps that’s why I had ‘forgotten’ just how lovely a mild and sunny day is! But yes, I am sure plants feel it too!

  5. Oooo, Hellebore season! I’m looking forward to it! Those irises are gorgeous!

    • Cathy says:

      Me too – I have added so many hellebores in the last couple of years but some of them will still be settling in…make sure you are still visiting in the next few years too, Beth!

  6. Anna says:

    Beautiful little irises. I’m sure that once plants hear that they might be potentially sold that they do all sorts to avoid flowering at whatever the desired time might be. The spotty dotty pink hellebore is simply gorgeous. Beautiful weather this weekend. Hope that it is the same for you Cathy 😄

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, lovely over the w/e but much cooler today. I recall that similar iris were not in bloom for the sale table last year! And one of them, Clairette, that I have in a pot in the Coop as well, has not even appeared above soil level yet, which is very odd and needs investigating

  7. Lovely – we have many of the same flowers coming out and it has been so nice to enjoy them in the spring sunshine 🌞

  8. Cathy says:

    A beautiful tray of irises! I assume you will plant them out now. And your hellebore is so pretty. I think mine have more or less recovered from the winter freeze at last.

    • Cathy says:

      Hmm, I am not sure about planting them out as the unsold ones I planted out last year have produced leaves and nothing else, so I may not bother, especially as they are only about £4 for 25 from Peter Nyssen. Let’s hope you see something of your hellebores soon

  9. Good old Harvington hellebore varieties! I love them too. That is a great picture with dew (?) on its petals. Too bad those irises couldn’t fulfill their original purpose, but they sure look pretty en masse!

    • Cathy says:

      The fact that bulbs in ALL the pots were flowering at the same time makes such an impact! The photos were taking fairly early in the day and there had been a frost overnight, which was melting as the day went on, so that’s what the droplets would have been

  10. smallsunnygarden says:

    It’s lovely to see your garden coming very much awake, Cathy 🙂
    I keep falling more in love with the reticulata irises; your trays are so full of jaunty spring colour!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – good to hear from you and I hope things have been settling down for you both. To be honest, I am not a huge iris fan, but I do like to see these little ones in pots and if they are kept under cover they don’t get affected by the weather or birds

  11. Cathy, then, here in Spain on Saturday February 27 was the front page of the tv news of all the networks and in the newspaper I read. If you want to find out about the news, in Google with “Antarctica iceberg is detached on February 27”, I get many results, even one from BBC News Mundo. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

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