What a difference a week makes, a week of lovely warm sunshine. So much is now pushing up and starting to flower, but flowers that have been with me for a while are suddenly going over with all the unexpected warmth. Not to worry, there is so much to choose from for my six for this week.
No 1 Narcissus
Narcissus St. Patrick’s Day was only a few days late opening, it just missed last weeks offering.
A much gentler colouring than Tete a Tete, with even paler petals round the trumpet, I rather like this one.
The white Narcissus are now starting to flower, this is N. Thalia, one of my favourites which I am increasing each year as I like it so much!
No 2 Fritillaria meleagris
Snakeshead fritillaries are now making a good showing in the woodland, some are showing double flower heads coming from one stalk, which is rather lovely.
Rusty pheasant is doing his duty and protecting the fritillaries, not much damage at all this year, thank goodness. Haven’t heard the real Mr. P. this year so far, hope he stays away altogether!
No 3 Scilla sibirica
Scilla sibirica are making a nice splash of colour on the alpine scree, such a lovely bright blue. They are spreading by seed and popping up a good distance from the parents, which I don’t mind at all.
No 4 Primula vulgaris
Primroses are filling the front driveway border, providing plenty of food for all the bees that are out in the sunshine. They have spread right along the border and can provide me with plenty of seedlings for elsewhere in the garden.
No 5 Saxifrage.
A little saxifrage which patiently waited in its pot for ages before I planted it on the rockery. Poor thing, it had to wait far too long, but has really taken to life between the rocks and is now spreading quite a bit, so must be happy at last!
No 6 Camellia
Camellia Jury’s Yellow is looking lovely in the woodland at the moment. Being in the woodland it is quite protected from the frost, so doesn’t suffer from brown flowers that thaw out too quickly in the sunshine, this is one of its best years, lots of lovely flowers.
These are my offerings for this week, lots more will have to wait for a mixed bag midweek! I will be making the most of our lovely sunshine this weekend, it will start getting a lot cooler as the wind swings round to the north next week, but we will also have an extra hour for gardening! Mothers Day is tomorrow in the UK and I have my son and dil arriving this morning for the weekend when I’ll be treated to a lovely lunch, I don’t think much gardening will get done!
Many thanks as usual to Jon The Propagator for hosting, do pop over to him and see what is flowering around the world at the moment.
Pretty Saxifrage and I do like your Pheasant in the Fritillaria.
The saxifrage is obviously pleased to be released from its pot Rosie, I should have done it long ago! Rusty pheasant was a present from my daughter quite a long time ago when the fritillaries were being eaten by the real Mr.P, it seems to have worked, he is now on guard duty each spring.
Your rusty pheasant looks so realistic amongst the fritillaries and I am glad the real one has kept away! How dry and shady is it where that camellia is?
The Camellia Jury’s Yellow is in sunshine at the moment Cathy, while the leaves are off the trees, but when they come it is in shade until autumn. How dry you ask, I don’t think anywhere is really dry and the camellia is on the bank of the ditch so I imagine that its roots will be nice and moist.
What a delightful selection. I just love that white camellia. For the first time my fritillaries have had their heads pulled off.xxx
Thanks Dina, glad you enjoyed them! All the camellias have been wonderful this year, I think we got a lot of rain last summer when all their flower buds were forming and I am now enjoying the results. So sorry to hear that your fritillaries have been attacked, do you have pheasants wandering round your garden?x