It’s a quick Six today, because there’s a ton of pricking out to be done … and it’s warm and sunny, so no time to be indoors typing. I am joining The Propagator for his prolific ‘Six on Saturday’ meme. Check out his blog to see this week’s highlights and then comments for posts from his enthusiastic Sixers.
Here are my six:
I bought a lucky-dip pack of half a dozen peonies during the first lockdown last year to plant between the roses in their new bed. So now I am in the process of finding out which varieties I actually received. This is the first to open and looks like it might be Peony ‘Coral Charm’.
A charmer indeed. I love the bunched, nail-painted talons in the centre!
Irises are a new obsession for me, but their show is over all too briefly, so I am enjoying the fact that my selection of Cedric Morris irises are flowering in sequence and spreading the excitement.
This one is Iris ‘Benton Deidre’ and it is my favourite so far.
3 Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’
The clump of three ‘Totally Tangerine’ geums that I put in last year have merged and are now a total showstopper.
I think I might try investing in a few others, now these are doing so well (previously they have had a tendency to disappear on me after one season)!
4 Clematis ‘Daniel Deronda’
This is the clematis that we chose to climb the damson tree stump left behind after last autumn’s destructive storms. Daniel has been putting on a lovely display and is starting to throw out new tendrils, which are threading their way upwards. I’ll be tying them to the stump soon, to help them climb to the top.
5 White Camassias
Over the last 4 years I’ve planted a fair number of camassias (of various sorts) in the meadow area of the garden. None of the blue varieties have made it through more than a year, but the whites (Camassia leichtlinii ‘Alba’) are beginning to spread themselves around. Yay!
6 Echium pininana
The winter was pretty cruel to my forest of echiums. They survived snow and lasted well, until the long run of heavy, back-to-back frosts in March. What was left of the little ‘forest’ were all damage at their tips. That hasn’t stopped them flowering though. They may look as though they have been turned into topiary standards, but no matter how they look the bees are all over them.
Fortunately, I also tucked a few specimens under trees in the driveway border. This appears to have protected them sufficiently that they are now extending their dramatic flower spikes.
Hope you are having a great weekend!