The weather this week has gone from freezing hailstones on Monday to boiling hot sunshine by Friday. The sunshine is still very hot today and is forecast to continue for some time. I feel the garden is about a month behind what it usually is, maybe now it will catch up. In the meantime here are my six for this Saturday.
No 1. Viburnum plicatum Mariesii.
Beautiful shrub at this time of year with its horizontal branches and lacecap flowers.
The flowers stand up proud of the branches.
They look like the flowerheads of lacecap hydrangeas which will flower later in the year.
No 2. Viburnum opulus
Another lovely Viburnum with very different flowers.
No wonder it’s common name is the Snowball Bush
No 3. Clematis Guernsey Cream.
My clematis are starting to flower, this one is on the archway leading to the woodland. and eventually there will be flowers up to 8ft .
No 4. Clematis Lasurstern.
Climbing up the drainpipe and disguising it to some extent. This was here when we moved here 30 yrs ago and is still going strong. It looks as though one of the flowers was shattered by the hailstones.
No 5. Allium Purple Sensation.
I have planted lots of these near the house in between the new peonies that I planted last autumn, hoping they would flower at the same time. The peonies are still in tight bud.
The bees are thoroughly enjoying the alliums though and I’m sure they will be back as soon as the peonies open.
No 6. Allium schoenoprasum.
Or chives to you and me! From the large flowerheads of Purple Sensation to the small flowers of chives, apart from the size, they look exactly the same. These have seeded in the paving on the patio and sit in flood water all winter, I don’t know how they survive!
These are my 6 for this weeks Six on Saturday hosted by Jon The Propagator. Please pay him a visit to see what other gardeners have to offer this week.