Six on Saturday – 5/2/2022

It’s not getting any easier to find six things to include. Things are sort of happening, two or three camellias with one flower apiece, crocus blooms that don’t open because it’s dull and cold, daffodil buds, weeds, slugs. Anyway, here goes.

One.
Camellia ‘Quintessence’. This was planted out a year ago having been in a pot too long. It improved a bit over the year but has some way to go to be stunning. Small single flowers, white with a pink flush, scented. Another New Zealand raised lutchuensis hybrid.

Two.
I was running some prunings, mixed with assorted kitchen scraps, weeds and dead leaves through my shredder in the week and there was a bit of a banging noise. Usually it’s a stone I’ve accidentally picked up, this time, for a change, it was a very tarnished 1952 20 francs coin. Where it came from I have not the slightest idea. Makes a change from plants though. I guess they don’t do the Liberté, égalité, fraternité thing with Euros.

Three.
Chrysoplenium macrophyllum. This is another of those plants that fills in while the main performers are taking their winter break. It will quite soon disappear beneath Astilbes and Impatiens omeiana, giving it the shade which it needs for the summer.

Four.
Hellebore seedling. A few years back I bought a couple of double hellebores, a white one and a purple one. The white one is barely hanging on while the purple is doing really well. I collected seed from it a couple or three seasons back and planted a dozen or more out in the autumn. They’re looking very promising, mostly double if with fewer petals than their parent.

Five.
Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’. I moved this before Christmas because it seemed unhappy in full sun. It’s a lot more unhappy now. Perhaps something else was ailing it. I shall cut it hard back and see what happens.

Six.
Primula vulgaris sibthorpii. My two plants of this disappeared under Dicentra for most of last year but seem none the worse for it. This is its first bloom of the season, hopefully it won’t be the last.

Right, things to do, places to be. The Prop has just done a placeholder post, for now I’ll link to that.

31 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 5/2/2022

    1. I remember being stopped in my tracks by Primula boothii or bracteata or some such, ice blue and exquisite, but virtually ungrowable. P. sibthorpii has a little of that quality.

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  1. That’s fun to see a 20F coin. I was curious and went to see its value so far. If it were in good condition, the price would be… €1 ! Apart from that, I really like this double hellebore and of course the camellia

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    1. I’m glad you didn’t tell me the coin would have been worth a lot of money if I hadn’t trashed it. I’m quite pleased with the hellebores, I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the hellebores in flower, they look very promising.

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  2. I had to stop and look up Chrysoplenium macrophyllum. hmmmm . . . What does it . . . do? It looks sort of like Bergenia crassifolia, with bloom out of season. It is available by mail order, so must be appreciated by those who are familiar with it. Is it popular because it is resilient to harsh climate?

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    1. It’s what is often described over her as a connoisseur’s plant, at least by the people who grow it and like to see themselves as connoisseurs. A bit weedy, of limited ornamental value. We have two native species, not grown in gardens, with lime green flowers, and I have grown C. davidianum, which is very similar to the natives but bigger. They all grow in wet ground and hate drying out. I grow it because there isn’t a bigf choice of plants that do something in boggy ground in winter. The leaves are quite like Bergenia and it’s in Saxifragaceae, as is Bergenia. It produces runners and can spread quite quickly if conditions suit it. I don’t think it’s very cold hardy but it’s survived here for several years without protection.

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  3. Lovely camellia, do many have a perfume? I have very few scented plants in my garden. The peonies do smell nice though, I notice it when I try to tie them up to stop them collapsing.

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  4. The coin is definitely a fun find. My grandpa once found a George III penny while digging his garden in Hampshire, but I have never found anything more interesting than a crushed coke can, presumably buried by the house builders.

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