Six on Saturday. 23.03.24

At last we have had a couple of dry days and today has started off well with lovely sunshine. Yesterday I actually made it up to the top of the garden! The grass was still very soft and I hope I’ve not done too much damage, but I was keen to see what was happening in the rest of the garden. The weeds are growing very well so I need to do quite a bit of work up there as well as a lot of planting. I managed to deadhead the hysdrangeas there and cut back the clematis on the pergola, so at least that has been done, better late than never! There are lots more flowers opening in the garden so lets get on with my six………

Lots of Narcissus Thalia are now flowering in various places, I rather like the all white of this one.

Narcissus St. Patrick opened on time this year, some years he has been very late!

Double white Primrose on the rockery, all the primroses are waking up now, its nice when they survive the winter.

Corydalis tuberosa George Baker has settled in the woodland and is increasing slowly.

Kerria japonica Pleniflora is flowering by the front gate, making a nice splash of yellow.

Cyclamen repandum in the woodland are spreading nicely.

Rusty pheasant is doing his job guarding my fritillaries, all safe from Mr. P so far!

Honesty or Lunaria annua is flowering evrywhere in the woodland, they have all come up white, even though some were purple last year.

That is my offering for this week, hopefully the sunshine will stay for a few hours and let me get some much needed work done. There is no stopping spring, once it has started!

Thanks to Jim, our organiser at Garden Ruminations, do check out other gardens from around the world and see which plants are flowering for them.

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20 Responses to Six on Saturday. 23.03.24

  1. Helen Jones says:

    Thalia is beautiful, in fact I think your post has demonstrated very well the value of white flowers in the garden.

    • Pauline says:

      I like Thalia too Helen and usually top up my bulbs each year, when I can get them. I also prefer the white narcissus to the yellow ones and always look forward to them.

  2. Gill Heavens says:

    Oh my, your fritillaries are amazing! It seems a long time since I’ve seen that double kerria, I had forgotten what a lovely shrub it is. Perhaps they are out of fashion, which is quite ridiculous for any plant, especially one as lovely as this. Have a good week.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Gill, the fritillaries are spreading by me scattering the seed each year. I think you are right, the Kerria isn’t fashionable any more, I planted it over 30 yrs ago when we first moved here and I was wanting to fill the borders quickly!

  3. Fred says:

    Is your Kerria not too invasive? in a pot or in the ground? In the past, I had one, too close to the fence, and it caused runners to go under the fence. My neighbor was not happy…. I had to dig it up

    • Pauline says:

      I’ve never seen runners Fred from the Kerria, just as well really, mine is planted against a wall, so at least they can’t get next door!

  4. Rosie Amber says:

    I love the double white primrose.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely flowers! I especially like the fritillaries – lovely!

  6. I had hoped to get my hydrangeas cut back this week too, Pauline, but many jobs on the list didn’t get done. I can cope with light rain – but not howling gales (although the first half of the week was great!) The Narcissus Thalia are so lovely – they’re a favourite of mine. Your garden is so full! The fritillaries are fabulous and that double white Primrose is a little beauty.

    • Pauline says:

      Still a few more cutting back jobs to be done, Catherine, I just need more dry days! I think I’ve done all the jobs that I can do without going onto the very soggy lawn, must get on with the rest of the garden as soon as possible.

  7. Graeme says:

    Now I know I definitely need to plant more Thalia come the autumn – it looks really impressive en masse. Jim featured Cyclamen repandum too. I think I should take that as a sign that I should plant some.

    • Pauline says:

      I like to have masses of just one different variety of narcissus in each border Graeme, I like the effect they give, rather than lots of varieties all together and Thalia is a favourite of mine.

  8. Chloris says:

    I remember from previous years what an amazing display of fritillaries you have. I haven’t tried N. St. Patrick, it’s lovely, one for next year. George Baker never seeds as much as Beth Evans for me, it is so pretty. I haven’t come across the double kerria, very pretty.

    • Pauline says:

      N St.Patrick is a lovely one Chloris, but sometimes he is a little late to open! I have never found any seedlings of Beth Evans here unfortunately, I wish she did seed around. I only get seedlings, some of which look very like Beth Evans, from the original Corydalis tuberosa.

  9. Denise says:

    Honest sadly disappeared from my garden so this year I have bought seeds and will start again. George baker really is a lovely colour Pauline. I note Fred’s comment about the Kerria. The one I took with me from England (now in several parts of the garden) is sending out lots of runners and becoming a bit of a nuisance!

    • Pauline says:

      Sorry to hear that you lost your Honesty Denise, I had the opposite problem, it had seeded everywhere so I had to pull a lot of it out and move it elsewhere.The Kerria hasn’t been a problem, its roots are having to fight for space with a pyracantha next to it!

  10. Cathy says:

    Lots of lovely spring blooms Pauline – the clumps of Thalia and double white primrose are especially fetching

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