Six on Saturday is hosted by The Propagator. If you want to join in, check Jonathon’s blog for directions about posting and links to other participants’ Sixes. It makes a great distraction from COVID-19 Live Updates.
Here are my six:
1) Fritillaria acmopetala
I am growing these for the first time this year (bulbs from Peter Nyssen). Currently they are in tall pots, but I will try planting them out in our soil when they fade. We are on thick clay, so I will definitely need to add a lot of gravel to the planting hole for any chance of a repeat performance next spring. I love that flick at the edge of the petals (there’s something very 50s about it), plus the inside of the bell is gloriously shiny and striated.
2) Staphylea pinnata
This Staphylea pinnata (seems a shame to call it common Bladdernut) is planted in the continuous shade of our neighbour’s tall fence, but it doesn’t seem to mind. Happily, the shrub has now reach sufficient height that its top catches some sunshine and shows off its lovely pink-tinged white floral tresses to great effect. The flowers are also scenting the air with a beautiful perfume, so extra points for that!
3) Tulipa linifolia
I’d forgotten I had these cute species tulips as I had tucked their pot against the edge of a half barrel whose star occupant is a Euphorbia stygiana. With their bright red, satiny petals spread wide, they hit way above their diminutive weight in terms of eye catching display. I must remember to order more in the autumn.
4) Mirabilis longiflora
Grown from seed, the plants have made it through a second winter stored in the greenhouse. Hurray. According to the Tropical Britain website you can mulch them and leave them in the ground here in southern UK, but I’ve not trusted that and have lifted them like dahlias. I am desperately hoping for flowers this summer as I was disappointed last year.
The tubers have become pretty big, so fingers-crossed that I get to see deliciously scented flowers like these:
5) Mâche – A great crop for the ‘Hungry Gap’
We’ve been picking Mâche (Valerianella locusta, also known as lamb’s lettuce or corn salad) from the vegetable patch for the last month, but it is sadly coming to an end. It is both coming into flower and is also beginning to suffer from mildew in all this dry heat.
It is good at seeding around the plot though, so it will be back and I don’t mind at all. (I think I planted the original seed something like 5 years ago!)
6) Erysimum mutabile
Last spring I bought two small plants of Erysimum mutabile at the Salutation Gardens in Sandwich (very sadly closed from January 2020). The plants are bigger and better this year and are romping away. I love the transition the flowers go through as they age down the spike, from that egg yolk yellow, through apricot and bronze to an Honesty purple.
So there are my Six. Hope that you are finding refuge in your gardens during this Lockdown.