Six on Saturday. 25.3.2023

We have had another week of rain, with little bits of sunshine, but not very much, in between downpours of torrential proportions. Needless to say , parts of my garden are flooded once more. There is plenty of colour though in the half that isn’t too wet and the woodland is still looking rather lovely.My six for this week are as follows….

No 1

Tiny species tulips are nearly opening on the scree, if they are waiting for the sunshine before they open, they might be waiting for a long time!

No 2.

Also on the scree are lots of Scilla sibirica which have increased each year by seeding. Lots have jumped over the edge of the scree and are now beginning to colonise the rest of the rockery. Love the blue colour.

No 3.

At last, just a week late, is Narcissus St. Patrick’s Day. Sometimes it openes on time on March 17th, but not this year, maybe our cold spell in February held it back a bit, its worth waiting for though.

No 4

Just by the archway into the woodland is Brunnera Jack Frost which is increasing nicely with lots of lovely blue flowers.

No 5.

In the woodland Anemone blanda are now flowering, other woodland anemones are just starting, hopefully by next week I’ll be able to include those. These are in a patch of sunlight when it decides to honour us with its company!

No 6.

A very recent purchase which has now been planted on the rockery in a spot where the rainwater runs down between the rocks, is Primula rosea, a primula which loves heavy clay and lots of moisture. On the label it says it wants well drained soil, but my Primula book,  The plant lovers guide to Primulas, by  Jodie Mitchell says that it delights in wet, boggy soil and thrives in the wettest places. I think I will follow my book. If it likes where I have put it I will collect the seed and increase it as I have lots of wet boggy soil in the rest of the garden!

Those are my 6 for this week. The forecast is for more rain for the next week, I think I might need to start building an ark! Thankfully though , the plants seem to be enjoying it all, maybe at last I have learnt to plant the right plants here. Thanks again to Jim, who organises us at Garden Ruminations, do pay him a visit to see what is happening in gardens around the world.


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18 Responses to Six on Saturday. 25.3.2023

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    What a colourful six, the tiny tulips look ready to burst.

  2. Graeme says:

    A great Spring Six. The Scilla looks a show and that Primula rosea is very lovely indeed.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Graeme, spring is well on its way. I’m very pleased the way the little Scilla are spreading by seed and the Primula was a good find at my local garden centre, its wonderful when I find plants that like my heavy clay!

  3. Denise says:

    That little tulip is just lovely Pauline. At least with all the rain there is less work watering in any newly planted plants. Hope you get some sunshine soon.

    • Pauline says:

      The tulip looks as though it is going to pop at any moment Denise, very sensible staying closed so that its pollen won;t get damaged in all the rain! I had 20 new plants to plant, I have done them now and actually watered them in at the time as per Monty Don’s instructions, but am leaving the rest to nature.

      • Denise says:

        Must just tell you, recently discovered (thanks to my friend Angela) that I can watch Gardener’s World on the net. I’m busy catching up with all the 2022 programmes! It’s great and Monty Don gives such useful information and tips.

        • Pauline says:

          That is wonderful! Monty Don certainly gives good advice and I do tend to follow whatever he advises, like watering new plants even if it is raining as it settles the soil around the roots.

  4. Fred says:

    You too highlighted the blue flowers of brunnera Jack Frost and you even proposed the anemone Blanda that I was planning to add to my post next week 😂
    The first photo with the tiny tulips is really very successful. They look cute.

    • Pauline says:

      Didn’t mean to spoil your thunder Fred, sorry! The brunneras are looking so lovely at the moment I couldn’t leave them out and I think I need more Anemone blanda but this time I’ll plant them on the scree. I’m already starting a list of what I need to buy in the autumn!

  5. The little red tulips look very pretty. I hope they open up soon so you can show us what they are like then.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Catherine, I seem to have been waiting a long time for the tulips to open, rest assured, I will be there with my camera when it happens!

  6. Dana says:

    Oh yes, we’ve had too much rain and not enough sun. Your tulips are lovely though, even all closed up. And I like the brunnera Jack Frost. 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Nice to hear from you Dana, you sound as though you are having the same weather problems that we are! The Brunnera has lovely leaves that last right through until the autumn frosts, it is a lovely plant with very pretty flowers.

  7. Spring blooms are always especially welcome as there are less of them and their colour makes such an impact. Do you know which tulip your first picture shows? Sadly my brunnera has sulked in recent years, no idea why 🙄

    • Pauline says:

      I think the tulip variety in the first photo is Tulip Little Beauty, when it eventually opens it will have a blue centre. I have so much spring colour in the garden at the moment, blossom, bulbs and perennials are providing so many welcome flowers.

  8. snowbird says:

    They are all lovely, especially the tulips and

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