Here we go again, six on saturday under the cosh of the weather; imminent rather than recent. Checking heaters and moving things about is the order of the day.
Camellia ‘Annette Carol’. This has long been one of my absolute favourites.. I cut the bush in my garden down last year so it only has a few buds and flowers this year as a result. It was actually raised by the same Australian breeder, Edgar Sebire, as Camellia ‘Adorable’, which I featured last week. They’re all going to get fried in the next couple of days.
Double Primroses. My order from Barnhaven has arrived. Nice fresh young plants that should grow away well. I unpacked them and stood them out in the rain. They may as well get used to it.
Chionodoxa luciliae. Chionodoxa has now been sunk into the genus Scilla, so these are now Scilla luciliae. They have been spreading slowly by seed for some years and last year I split a clump and spread them about to help things along. Blue flowers can get a bit lost but these stand out well, perhaps because of the white eye.
Pachyphragma microphylla. The pressure of finding six new things each week, especially now, when not a lot is happening, means that things get included before they’re at their best. Pachyphragma is the sort of plant that could easily be damned with faint praise as merely useful. It does it’s thing early, in March and April and is an effective ground cover in shade, with pure white flowers freely produced. It seeds about but harbours no ambitions to rule the world. Not yet, anyway.
Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’. If you google this you get a suspiciously wide range of colours in the results. This one has been in a glasshouse, perhaps that’s why it’s so pale. I did intend to plant it out but never got around to it. Years ago, a plant of the species, with blues/mauve/pinky flowers, just appeared in the garden. It is the most ephemeral of plants, appearing in March and vanishing by early summer. It makes it vulnerable to being disturbed or having other things grow on top of it, in this case a self sown primrose.
Lush greenery is a lot better than bare ground at any time of year. When a couple of things will coexist happily it can be very attractive, even without flowers. Here I have Dicentra formosa pushing its ferny glaucous leaves up through a dense mat of Cardamine trifolia. The Dicentra will produce its pendant white flowers later but the Cardamine is a shy flowerer in these conditions. In better light it is very like the Pachyphragma in miniature.
Which adds up to six. Do check out the other sixer’s contributions linked to The Propagators weekly posting.