It feels like I might have a chance to: sow, prick out, pot on, plant, weed, crop (salads) and stand back to enjoy the chaos. Actually I wouldn’t miss this period of activity for anything! It’s such a relief to be doing, after months of planning and waiting. The main problem seems to be the rate I get through compost, grit and vermiculite. What a shame to have to make those tempting trips to the garden centre 🤣.
Anyhow, I’ve just scrubbed my hands, made a cup of tea and am ready to pause, so what better time to write about six garden stars this week for Jonathon’s Six on Saturday post. If you feel like having a go too, head there and check out the format.
Here are my six:
1) Bunny Tails
Bunny Tails is one of my favourite annual grasses, Lagurus ovatus. I am just sowing this year’s crop, but luckily, I have a clump in a patio pot that seems to sow itself each year and therefore flowers really early. It’s doing it now. Look! Makes you want to reach out and touch it, doesn’t it?
2) Loud or beauty or both?
I didn’t buy any tulip bulbs this year, because of the destructive tendencies of our garden mice, voles and squirrels etc etc. Too heart-breaking, but I have a few that have survived their ravages from past seasons and have returned in triumph. This one I didn’t buy. It’s appeared next to the rhubarb patch (Squirrels?). I’ve no idea where it came from, but I am enjoying it nevertheless!
3) The only constant is change
(Yes, I did a Management Leadership course once upon a time)
The pair of Erysimum mutabile that I bought from The Salutation Gardens, when they were still open to the public, are even bigger and better this year. They are charming and, like the rainbows they echo, you never seem to get to the end. There is always one more flower to open!
4) Bellevalia pycnantha
I’ve grown Bellevalia (also known as Muscari paradoxum) before and lost them over winter, but this time they have popped back up and are extending the grape hyacinth season for a little longer. I like them because they form neat clumps and the flower spikes are wonderfully geometrical.
5) Monkey Flowers
Grown from seed late last season this Mimulus is off to a flying start. I’m going to plant it out by the pond, but as there are a few enthusiastic plants there, I might have to clear some space first.
6) Camassia amongst forget-me-nots
My wild meadow patch is full of camassia leaves, but strangely they rarely seem to flower, so no Dixter tributes here. (Ideas? Too deep? Too dry?) Happily, the ones in the border do better and they are starting to flower. Beautiful!
That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading. Enjoy your gardens!