The last week has seen an extraordinary spurt of growth in the garden and on the allotment. We’ve had some rain, would have welcomed a bit more, but you get what you get.
I’ve been trying to match the frantic pace of growth with frenetic activity of my own, chopping stuff down, planting, sowing, potting up, potting on, moving things in and out. All of a sudden I need twice as much space as I did a week ago. There is none. When it comes to Friday and thinking about what to put in this weeks six, it’s always the plants that win out. The other stuff seems less important, perhaps more revealing, and not in a good way.
But which six plants. Well this six. It could have been a different six and most of them will be over by next week. You won’t get to see Polygonatum verticillatum or Maianthemum oleracea. Too bad.
Corydalis flexuosa cv. I’ve had this a long time, so it’s probably one of the earlier named clones, but I don’t know which. Originally brought back in 1865 by Pere Armand David but all the plants in cultivation now are from a 1989 re-introduction. One for cool, moist woodland conditions but liable to go summer dormant if too hot or dry. This one has used an Honesty plant as a prop and is over two feet tall.
Schefflera taiwaniana. This is a month to six weeks behind where it was this time last year. It really did not like the cold winter. I think it may have been just been starting into growth when the cold hit, killing or damaging the growing tips. It may well turn out for the good as it looks to be breaking lower down and I think will make a lot of new branches this year.
Papaver bracteata. This came out on Monday and is pretty much all over now. There is one bud still to open. It hasn’t had a good year and as usual I didn’t get round to supporting it so it flopped onto the path. I took the precaution of taking its picture on Monday, knowing it wouldn’t last out. My attempt to propagate it from root cuttings in the winter failed totally.
Dryopteris erythrosora. A couple of weeks back this was a rather ordinary mound of green fronds looking a bit beaten up having come through the winter. Being very careful not to damage the emerging new fronds, I cut all the old leaves off and now have the bronze new growth in all its glory.
I was going to do another fern, but it has to be foxgloves, even though I have a hunch there will be a lot about this week. Just common wild ones, and all the better for it perhaps.
Primula japonica. Since nurseries raise Primula species from seed, and seed is often variable, it is always worth seeing things in flower before you buy them. I picked this one as being a bit different and will likely collect seed from it just to see what I get.
That’s my six for this week, I’m now off to finish putting up supports for sweet peas on the allotment, having been rained off yesterday. Be sure to follow all the links to other sixes from The Propagator’s comments section.