There are lots of cowslips in the garden, mostly in the streamside grass, that popped up out of nowhere a number of years ago. This week another newcomer has arrived in the same part of the garden, shown above. At first I thought it must be an oxlip, assuming an oxlip is a cross between a cowslip and a primrose – the stems hold themselves like a cowslip, but the blooms are bigger and paler and certainly more primrose-like. Google tells me, however, that oxlip is actually a plant in its own right, and not a cross – but could they still cross-pollinate and produce something different, like a ‘primslip’ or ‘cowrose’? Or has a cowslip cross-pollinated a nearby Primula denticulata perhaps? It’s all very curious and I am open to any other suggestions…
I would also welcome thoughts about these camassias:
Last year a clump of foliage appeared in the blue & white border and eventually produced white camassia blooms. Now, I have bought camassia bulbs before (and possibly more than once) but they had never shown themselves in any form, so their emergence was a real surprise – especially as they were not included in my Peter Nyssen bulbs invoices back as far as 2017 (not sure if I have any earlier ones). This year at least one blue camassia has emerged too – so what have they been doing all these years? What has changed to encourage them to suddenly appear? I have no idea – have you?
Despite last year’s hot summer, most of my rhododendrons don’t seem to have been adversely affected and look set to flower as usual. ‘Percy Wiseman’ is the latest to open:
I had hoped to write a post during the week, focussing on preparations for our garden openings which are now less than 6 weeks away – once into May, the timescale suddenly seemed to shrink! It seems only a few weeks ago that although I felt generally on top of tasks, many of the plants seemed to be behind – and then there was an issue with the compost and many seeds had to be resown and seedlings repotted. My detailed records show, however, that this is not the case and that I was planting out at more or less the same time as in the previous two and most likely those before that – and probably over 90% of the cutting beds have now been planted up:
I gauged the timing on a combination of the size of the seedlings and the local weather forecast and seem to have judged it satisfactorily, with the bulk of the planting out achieved just before the recent damp weather which was accompanied by milder nights. The weather conditions have really given the plants a boost, with all making noticeable progress in a short time. An end to colder nights has meant seedlings still in the working greenhouse have made good progress too and generally made up for any delays caused by the compost debacle. Antirrhinum and zinnias are not quite ready to go out, but most remaining seedlings are either perennials or afterthought annuals that were only s0wn a month ago. Most of the dahlias are outside now as well, either planted out or in pots for potential sale, with bedding plants going out too when pots become available.
This weekend has been showery, as promised, but between showers I have managed to rebuild the brick plinth for the displaced sink I showed last week, a task requiring considerable stretching of my little legs to get over the sink as I to and froed with bricks and mortar. You don’t want to see that though, especially as it is covered up to protect it from the rain, so have a look at some of the nearby and still pristine miniature hostas instead:
That’s my Six on Saturday, but do visit our host Jon the Propagator’s blog for more.