So the greenhouse windows opened automatically this week for the first time this year (that I’ve noticed) and Steve cut the grass for the first time in roughly four months! In fact, my title was almost ‘The first cut is the deepest’, but of course, the first cut was actually pretty high, because the grass was exceptionally long and wet. Anyway, there’s a spring in my step, both because the daffodils and primroses are flowering and also because there’s an awful lot of moss in the lawn after the wet winter, which makes it excessively spongy.
Let’s cut to today’s Six then:
1 Hellebore Harvington ‘Double Cream Speckled’
There are a lot of hellebores in flower to choose from now, but Harvington ‘Double Cream Speckled’ is a frilly classic and I hope that it is busy being crossed with the dark maroon and pink single plain ones to either side.
2 Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’
I love early dwarf irises and I. reticulata ‘Clairette’ is a lively, blue beauty and works nicely in this trough with the ‘Arctic Bells’ hoop petticoat narcissus.
3 Purple crocuses with bees: honey and bumble …
My favourite spring sight: Open crocus goblets filled with busy bees. These were planted in the meadow patch in the autumn and I am hoping that they will like it there and spread madly.
4 Cornus mas
This might not look very special, but I am very happy that the pip I sowed some 5/6 years ago has finally grown big enough to flower. I obviously won’t be making our favourite jam from it’s fruits this summer, but it is start.
5 Salix gracilis var. melanostachys
This will be a dramatic plant once it gets a little bigger. Last year it was a twig with only two catkins, this year there are some tens of black talons. I can’t complain however, since I only got it in the ground in the autumn. It’s got nice red bark too!
6 Azalea ‘Orange’
My frantic end-of-sale bulb orders to J. Parker in November were rewarded with a couple of tiny, free azalea plants. They were just labelled ‘Orange’. Well, they are delivering the orange now, even though they are at most 10cm high.
That’s the end of my Six. Make sure to pop over Mr Propagator’s blog to catch up with all sorts of gardening stuff and horticultural showstoppers from around the globe. Remember: ‘Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday.’ Why not join in?