Six on Saturday. 18.03.2023

Another week of rain although yesterday was lovely and sunny, even though a bit cold! More rain is forecast, parts of my garden are flooded again so I will be avoiding those until it dries out once more., hope it won’t take too long. Even though the wind is cold when it comes from the north, the little woodland is nice and sheltered and at a lower level from the rest of the garden. When going for my daily wander yesterday it was amazing how many bees were out, visiting all the flowers that are on offer. Most of my 6 are of long views this time.

No 1

My first view is from the archway into the woodland, looking over the rockery towards the circular lawn which becomes the summer meadow.

No 2

A couple of people commented on the Corydalis last week, this photo shows the original Corydalis solida, which is the purple flower just above the centre. all the other plants are seedlings and I have found more, some 3ft away and some across the path at least 8ft away, are the ants responsible for moving the seed? This is just through the arch into the woodland.

No 3

In the woodland, where it was once white everywhere from the snowdrops, it is now shades of yellow from all the Narcissus with pink from Corydalis Beth Evans.

No 4

A kaleidoscope of colour from all the lovely flowers that are out at the moment. At the front is the lilac Cardamine with white Leucojum then across the path are yellow Narcissus, pink Corydalis and white and pink Hellebores. There are still a few late flowering snowdrops at the far side, but I don’t think they can be seen without walking round there.

No 5

Narcissus are making a nice splash of colour in the back garden. The yellow one with orange trumpet is Jetfire and the creamy white one is Sailboat. This photo has made me realise that I really must cut my grasses back!

No 6

The Chionodoxa Pink Giant on the alpine scree is now in full flower, but I think a few years ago it must have set seed, just the one!

Because this year, just beside the pink ones, this blue one has appeared without any help at all from me. To start with I thought it may be a seedling of Scilla sibirica which are nearby, but then I decided the blue wasn’t quite the same and then yesterday when the sun was shining, I saw that it had opened up and the flower was a star shape just like the pink Chionodoxa! What do you think?

I’ll sneak in a couple more views of the rockery which is waking up now.

The rockery is coming to life as more flowers open,  although really it started waking up in January when some of the snowdrops were out. Soon there will be lots of colour here and then we’ll know that spring is really with us.

At least I can still enjoy all these flowers without having to go outside if it’s raining, they are very close to the house!

Those are my six for this week. Spring is certainly well on its way, no matter what the weather says, the flowers are determined to open as long as it isn’t too cold, then the bees are only too ready to take advantage of whats on offer. There is something new to look at each day, I have to go for my wander, no matter what the weather is doing, you just can’t hold Spring back! Thanks once again to Jim at Garden Ruminations for encouraging us to photograph what is flowering at the moment, do pop over to him to see what is happening in gardens around the world.


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20 Responses to Six on Saturday. 18.03.2023

  1. Graeme says:

    Lots of fantastic views of your garden which is looking lovely. That’s the second time I’ve seen Chionodoxa Pink Giant in an SoS post today – tempting.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Graeme, the spring flowers are certainly making themselves felt at the moment. I think C. Pink giant must be popular, I think 3 have shown up so far, I can recommend them!

  2. Helen J says:

    Your garden is looking beautiful and must give you a lot of pleasure at this time of year. I think it looks like a blue chionodoxa, too, but even if it isn’t, it’s beautiful!

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Helen, half my garden is giving me a lot of pleasure, the half with all the bulbs! I’m still thinking Chionodoxa for my blue seedling, the Scilla sibirica hangs its head like a hellebore, hope it increases otherwise I’ll have to buy some more bulbs!

  3. Rosie Amber says:

    Spring is my favourite time of year and love it as the plants awaken.

  4. Fred says:

    Very beautiful spring flowers this week, especially a large amount of narcissus / daffodils and I also really like the chionodoxas

    • Pauline says:

      The Chionodoxa solida are looking very pretty, I just wish I could grow the stunning blue ones, but they don’t seem to like my garden! There’s no turning back now, spring is definitely on its way.

  5. A beautiful view you have towards the woodland. Restful and green. Just lovely.

  6. Denise says:

    Difficult to choose, but my favourite view has to be all those lovely daffodils set off by the hellebores behind and even the grasses, I think, add to the overall effect. Good job you didn’t cut them back Pauline!

  7. Allison says:

    I do like the frothy back drop that corydalis adds to these views. Great that the bees are busy and loving your provisions 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      I have been amazed Allson at how the Corydalis solida has spread, when I first bought the original plant, I hadn’t realised that I would get lots of seedlings with the seeds spread I think by the ants. I think I could move some of the smaller plants to other slopes in the woodland then maybe it would carpet those too!

  8. It’s always lovely to see a wider view. Your spring flowers are beautiful and are combined in some lovely ways.

    • Pauline says:

      I get so used to taking close ups of the flowers Catherine, it makes a nice change to stand back a bit and get an overall view of the garden, glad you like them!

  9. Anna K says:

    You are further along than we are, for sure. A few narcissi just opened up this week. I love that pale yellow Sailboat. Your seedling looks like a blue chionodoxa, to me. Your garden looks wonderful, Pauline! I enjoyed seeing the long shots. Is that a viburnum in the background of the last two?

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks for your lovely comments Anna, Spring is a wonderful time of year, full of promise! I had a look at my photos and am not sure which shrub you mean, if it is the one with tiny white flowers, it is Prunus Kojo no mai, a pretty shrub.

  10. snowbird says:

    What a wonderful array of spring flowers. We’ve had endless rain too with much more forecast. Like you I have to go for a wander whatever the

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Dina, lots more have now opened, so there is colour in most of the borders now. It is still raining, I wonder when we will dry out?!x

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