Six on Saturday 04/04/20

The weather has been kind this week, dry, fairly bright but rather cool. This means that I have been able to spend a lot of time in my garden which stops me thinking too much about the current state of the world. Without the pressure of “I’ve got to get this done as I won’t get back out here for several days” I’m able to slow down and take my time. Last late summer/early autumn I wandered around the estate (😂) and made notes about what to move, replace, repeat etc. With the new circumstances it can’t all get done this year but I’ve moved quite a few of the plants this week and divided and replanted others. I’ve also sown quite a lot of HHA seeds. I wasn’t going to sow so many seeds this year – time and space – but in these new circumstances I have the time. Sadly, the space hasn’t increased but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. Here are six things that caught my eye this week.

1. I included these tulips a couple of weeks ago. They’ve been in the border for several years but I couldn’t remember their name at the time. It’s T. fosteriana ‘Zombie’, I think.


They’re beginning to go over now but look so different this week.I can’t remember that they’ve done this before.


2. The pots of tulips are all approaching flowering. Mostly I treat them as annuals but sometimes I’ll plant them out in the borders after flowering. The following year I’m usually disappointed but these ‘Angelique’ have lasted a few years.


3. One of my favourite Narcissi is ‘Thalia’ but they don’t last many years in my garden. Is this usual?


4. Allium christophii and A. ‘Purple Sensation’ flower heads are just starting to emerge from their rosettes of leaves. I’ve grown them for quite a while and always envisaged them bulking up through self seeding. I leave the seed heads in situ (especially christophii) as they look good in the borders until well into the autumn. They’ve duly bulked up with self seeded plants over the years but the last couple of years they’ve gone into overdrive. There’s hundreds of seedlings in my main border. I ignored them last year but it’s got to be quite a problem this year so I’m digging them out as I work through the border. Thank goodness Crocus leaves have the stripe!

5. I grew some Acer palmatums from seed many years ago but now only have one left. It’s in a pot in a funny corner by the glasshouse. The emerging leaves look so good.


6. This is a narrow north facing border at the back of the house and a couple of years ago I removed a sickly Griselinia littoralis ‘Variegata’. There used to be an Epimedium at the foot of the shrub but it had long disappeared and I didn’t see any trace of the roots. Last spring it miraculously reappeared with a couple of flowering stems followed by leaves. It’s grown a lot in the last year. The flowers are so complicated for such a little plant.



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13 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 04/04/20”

  1. Interesting to see in the close up of the Epimedium that a flower I’ve always thought of as a shade of Orange is actually red streaks on a yellow background. Like striped Camellias, presumably due to transposons. Must check tomorrow whether they have touch sensitive stamens like Berberis and Mahonia, fellow travellers in Berberidaceae.

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  2. I’m growing Thalias for the first time this year, it will be interesting to see if they come back. How long do they last in your garden? I took photos of my epimedium today. It is much more orange, but they are very difficult flowers to get close to.

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    1. This is the fourth year, I think. It was quite a large clump. I’ve grown them before and they returned in decreasing numbers then. I can’t remember which variety of Epimedium this one is. I’ve a pink one as well but it flowers on a shorter stem – tricky to get that low!


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