Not sure how it happened, but this is my 50th Six on Saturday post. 300 “things”, most of them plants. This weeks six is not the one where I shoot off in a different direction, not when we have some decent weather and flowers and shoots bursting out all over. I love a bit of warm sunny weather but it does speed things up including how quickly flowers fade. A plant in full splendour one week is all over the next.
Epimedium grandiflora ‘Lilafee’ has just about managed to open one flower, but it was the foliage that was shouting “me! me! put me in”. I don’t remember it being this dark before, but there’s a lot I don’t remember.
Magnolia ‘Ann’. I once had five magnolias and now I’m down to two, with a very real possibility that one more will go before long. This one will be the last one standing. It is one of a series raised at the U.S. National Arboretum from crossing M. stellata ‘Rosea’ with M. liliiflora ‘Nigra’. The eight hybrids released are known as the “Eight Little Girls” and were named after secretaries, wives and daughters of Arboretum staff. I’ve never been forgiven for planting ‘Ann’ as there is a ‘Susan’, which is the OH’s moniker. I chose it because it was described as more upright growing, which turned out to be wrong.
Camellia of the week is ‘Charles Colbert’. This is a williamsii hybrid raised by E.G. Waterhouse in Australia as a chance seedling of C. saluenensis. C. saluenensis has smallish single pink trumpet shaped flowers and so in my experience do almost all of its all too numerous seedlings. Chance was well disposed to Professor Waterhouse to gift him this beauty. The flowers shatter before going brown so the display on the ground can surpass that on the bush. And yes, that is Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Betberg’ in the middle of the pink carpet.
Lysichiton camtschatcensis. We used to have a pond and this used to be a marginal. We filled in the pond and it is now a bog plant. Seems happy, it has a carpet of seedlings around it. I thought we’d lost the yellow one but it is flowering again for the first time in years. I prefer the white, the yellow is more thuggish and somewhat malodorous. Look closely and you’ll see Chrysoplenium macrophyllum and Impatiens omeiana jostling for the same space.
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’. I find this a robust, easy and reliable plant in sun or shade. I think some of the buds got frosted as there are some deformed flowers this year, but it still looks good.
Chrysoplenium davidianum. This has spread in about three years to be as many feet across. It looks miserable in dry spells, but seems to recover with no ill effects. It’s only a couple of inches high and good ground cover in moist shade.
So another Saturday, another six. Since it is number fifty I will indulge in a reprise for last weeks tulips and wood anemones. The tulips are ‘Ballerina’, ‘Synaeda King’ and clusiana ‘Cynthia’, plus a mongrel lot. I see that meme host The Propagator has indulged his tulipomania this week so I need to take notes for the autumn’s orders. There’ll be links to many other sixes, some with not a tulip in sight possibly.