Six on Saturday: More Glimpses

Another dry and mild week has meant lots more gardening tasks, when time permitted, leaving me feeling fairly on top of things – although an unexpected flash of inspiration and a new project could easily throw things off course! With most seedlings now potted-on, the working greenhouse briefly reached maximum capacity but with some trays ready to harden off and a start made on planting out in the cutting beds (several helichrysum, with limonium to follow soon), crisis point has been averted. A number of lingering pots have finally been planted and my next task is assessing the contents of the ‘nursery’, a combination of plants to be sold at our open days and some growing on but destined for my own garden, some of which have curled up their toes whilst others will need repotting.

In between my endeavours, I have rambled frequently around the garden, noting new arrivals and the progress of the borders, exclaiming at how quickly old friends bulk up and fill the empty spaces. One of the best spring combinations – astrantia, allium and aquilegia – is on the way, with the first astrantia opening (this may be A ‘Roma’, but I didn’t pootle amongst the foliage to check), as you can see above, closely followed by the first allium, below, with aquilegia not far behind.

Having experienced the delayed success of white camassia last year, on finding this bud amidst its lush foliage I assumed I must have tried again with one of the blue varieties, but on checking my bulb order I see this is not the case – how bizarre! Is this another case of bulbs flowering for the first time a number of years after planting, as was the case with the white ones? When the bud opens, I will check back on orders from previous years to try and establish how long ago it is since I ordered them.

Already blue is this cheeky little vinca, an uninvited guest growing in one of the semi-natural parts of the garden and allowed houseroom on the understanding it will not take advantage of my hospitality. A common and undemanding plant, it makes a surprisingly attractive contribution to the spring garden, especially contrasted with the fresh new growth of Clematis jouiniana.

I am not sure I feel the same way about lesser celandine, another uninvited visitor which pops up here and there but in a more invasive way than the periwinkle. The clump here has appeared in the woodland and will be ejected before it spreads further – and having realised that one of the bluebells in last Monday’s vase was a Spanish visitor rather than a local I will have to patrol the area for immigrants, starting with the clump next to the celandine…

No such problem with the sixth of my six for Jon the Propagator’s Saturday meme, as Corydalis ‘Berry Exciting’ was deliberately added to the garden last year, and although it produced a pleasing clump of bright green foliage there was no sign of any blooms until this week, when they belatedly arrived, rather later than other corydalis here. In real life the flowers are rather more purple than the photo suggests.

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19 Responses to Six on Saturday: More Glimpses

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    I do love the periwinkle colour, glad you had a chat to it about invasion tactics. I think you will need sterner words with the lesser celandine.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    My first Allium are in the same state. They were gifts from Tangly Cottage Gardening. Allium schumbertii and Allium christophii

  3. Heyjude says:

    Gosh your astrantia and allium are way ahead of mine! Maybe because you have had warmer weather?

    • Cathy says:

      I checked back from previous years and it is usual for all 3 ‘A’s to be flowering by the start of May. Despite the mildness it has been breezy though

  4. Sarah Rajkotwala - Author & Spiritual Teacher says:

    The periwinkle is superb, even if it is a weed ❤ Love it all.

  5. Good for you, feeling on top of things! Thanks for reminding me about the Camassias; I kinda forgot about mine, too. Can’t wait to see them blooming!

    • Cathy says:

      It will just take a werk busy with other things for the tasks to stack up again though… 😁 Are your camassias in a border or planted in grass?

  6. Pauline says:

    Your alliums are ahead of mine, mine are still in tight bud, mind you they are also right in the path of the bitterly cold east wind that we had yesterday! My blue camassias are in flower but I haven’t noticed my white ones yet, must go and check.
    I have found the name of my little prunus, alterations have been made to my post yesterday with the white one.

    • Cathy says:

      It has been pretty breezy here too, but it was cool rather than cold – I wonder why it was colder by the time it reached you…? 😉 Will go and check out your prunus – other bloggers can invariably be relied on to help out!

  7. Cathy says:

    Some lovely spring flowers Cathy, especially that pink Astrantia. 😃 I must check on my Camassias – we are a bit behind you but with rain on the way that could stimulate growth. The Corydalis is a lovely colour, more like the colour of the wild ones than other garden varieties I have seen. lovely golden foliage too. 😃

    • Cathy says:

      I love astrantias, as do visitors to the garden, and have tried to add a few more but they take a while to establish. I will know when to expect this corydalis next year. Sadly no rain forecast here, as it has been very dry

  8. Noelle says:

    Doesn’t your garden look lush? Blue look so good against green, but those foreign blue bells are devils to get rid of.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it looks astonishingly lush, doesn’t it (so if we had had any rain perhaps it would have reached jungle status!)? I am hoping this imposter in the woodland was a random intruder but I shall be vigilant once they are all in bloom and remove any uninvited guests

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