Six on Saturday: Glimpses

Every day there seem to be new things to discover on my rambles around the garden, so today here are glimpses of six of them for Jon the Propagator’s popular Saturday meme, starting with Clematis macropetala ‘Albina Plena’ (above), new for this season, and an unknown tulip (below) with an astonishingly egg yolk yellow centre. Not one of the bargain batch planted in the tub in January, it must be a survivor from a previous year.

In an adjacent tub is another survivor, Nemesia ‘Easter Bonnet’, just starting to reflower after coming through the winter unscathed:

Discovered when photographing the nemesia is Cardamine pratensis ‘Helen Myers’, a purchase I had forgotten but which had settled in regardless, a serendipitous encounter as I was only recently bemoaning the absence of cardamine in the garden:

I had given up trying to establish white fritillaries in the woodland, leaving me to enjoy any white ones that appeared in a mixed batch, so it was a surprise when end-of-season bargain packs of white ones seem to happily establish, creating a few small clumps amongst the wider population of purple chequered bells. Although the snakeshead markings are absent on the white ones they still display the typical seersucker puckering – but like many white flowers are not the easiest of things to photograph:

Finally, one of two ridiculously early flower buds on climbing rose ‘Crimson Glory’, planted last year but only just beginning to climb, the glimpse of colour to come looking curiously like molten sealing wax, bringing to mind the occasions not so long ago when, as a Presiding Officer in elections, we still sealed the ballot boxes with sealing wax. Thankfully this is a thing of the past, along with wooden polling booths and having to perforate each individual ballot paper with the official mark.

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17 Responses to Six on Saturday: Glimpses

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    I didn’t know that you could get white fritillaries. And what fun to find a tulip that you didn’t plant.

    • Cathy says:

      Well, I will have planted it, but I treat the ones in pots as annuals and these must have been left from a previous year…

  2. Solitaire says:

    The blooms are beautiful they do give the garden life…

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Nemesia looks very different up close like that. I had to look it up to be sure. It does not look familiar at all.

  4. Pauline says:

    Love the colour combination on your tulip and also your nemesia is very pretty too.

  5. Going Batty in Wales says:

    The more i read of gardening blogs the more I realise that I am no plantswoman. More a ‘Jill of all Trades and mistress of none’. But I do enjoy wandering round other peoples gardens, in real life or virtually through blogs. And I love that in the best kept gardens nature can throw up a surprise like that tulip.

    • Cathy says:

      The more you read blogs and visit gardens the more you will learn Sue – my knowledge has advanced exponentially since I started blogging. We can learn such a lot from each pther as well as learning from experience whilst we garden

  6. Cathy says:

    The white fritillaries are very striking Cathy and I much prefer them to the mottled purple sort. Lovely tulip too. 😃

  7. Noelle says:

    Its those little surprises round the garden that can add a thrill; the unexpected, finding things one had forgotten about or had thought lost. I remember Crimson Glory in my childhood garden, looking forward to seeing the bloom.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes indeed. There seems to be less choice in red climbing roses with fragrance, and I had to look elsewhere than my favoured David Austin. Hopefully this (well these, as there are two) will settle in and do well

  8. That is a gorgeous mystery tulip!!

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