Immediately following last week’s post I got stuck in and did quite a lot of planting out, of things I’d bought or grown last year but kept under cover for the winter. It seems too long ago to include them in this weeks six and besides, there are too many things flowering and clamouring for attention. Here’s six of them.
Pleione. I bought this last year at a HPS sale, though it barely qualifies as a hardy plant. ‘Tongariro’ comes into the name somewhere, the grex name possibly. Someone had a big pan of it in the Alpines show at Rosemoor last weekend, quite a sight. As orchids go, the Pleiones are supposed to be quite easy to grow but I’ve killed one or two in my time.
Tulips. I’m ashamed to say I can’t remember the name of the red and yellow variety. (‘Synaeda King’, I just looked) I had it last year and it did well so I bought more. Last years bulbs are in another pot and are pathetic. The pale one is T. clusiana ‘Cynthia’ I think, which were last years bulbs squeezed from two pots into one., which may be why they’ve got drawn and have flopped.
Muscari ‘Big Smile’. I bought this from the plant centre at Rosemoor, rather than from one of the small independent nurseries attending the show. I bought stuff from them too, I wasn’t totally traitorous. It looks to be a really good form.
Erythroniums. I’ve had mixed results with Erythroniums. ‘Pagoda’ is unstoppable; I planted bulbs of two forms of E. dens-canis last autumn, one lot were disappointing, the others did absolutely nothing. Perhaps our cats aren’t as effective as we think. The pink ones are a dens-canis form we bought as growing plants from local nursery Illand as ‘Illand Pink’. They’re doing well. I don’t remember where E. ‘Susannah’ came from. It has a price of £10 on the label so I’m profoundly glad it’s still alive, even maybe starting to increase. It’s probably still too small to tell Sue how much it cost.
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Elizabeth’. This is now around five meters tall and is smothered in scented flowers from top to bottom. Superb plant.
Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’. By far the most popular male clone of Skimmia and it’s easy to see why. The male inflorescences are much showier than the females, though obviously it’s the females that have berries. Even in bud they’re quite ornamental. ‘Rubella’ is not especially good as a pollinator, but our two females seem to get adequately serviced. There were several bees working them in the sun today.
Spring has been kind and generous this year, especially compared to last year. All the spring flowering plants, bulbs and shrubs in my garden mainly, seem to have benefitted from last year’s hot summer and performed very well. Several of the bulbs seem to be increasing well, which with the exception of bluebells, is very welcome. I might be getting the measure of integrating the early and late things so that I’m not constantly digging up bulbs when I’m planting things like Dahlias.
I keep getting ideas from other sixers, no doubt my wanted list will be added to again this week. The Propagator’s six is where all the threads meet, the weekly forming of the circle; all are welcome.