My goal this weekend is to get a gate up at the side of the house. How difficult could that possibly be? I’ll tell you next week, if I’ve finished it by then. I have avoidance strategies lined up, like visiting the garden centre and going to Lanhydrock. I have peas to plant, seedlings to prick off and find space for.
In the meantime, I have flowers to share, of six sorts, that being the premise on which six on Saturday rests.
I bought 10 Multiflora Hyacinth Blue Pearl from Mr Nyssen and planted them in the garden. I seem to have about seven up and flowering, with evidence that the slimy ones set about them as they reached the soil surface. I presume the other three have been eaten as fast as they emerged but since I don’t remember where I put them, I can’t check. I didn’t expect this intense blue colour, which is not in any way a complaint.
I don’t know how many forms of Anemone nemorosa I have, possibly four “proper” forms and several seedlings. This is the deepest blue and I’m fairly sure it’s ‘Mart’s Blue’. It isn’t as free flowering as the other blue I have, which I think is ‘Robinsoniana’, and the flowers are smaller, but it’s still lovely.
Also from Mr Nyssen I purchased 30 Tulipa sylvestris, it being billed as a shade loving tulip. I don’t have all 30 but most are flowering, a bright cheerful yellow that really stands out. The question now is whether they will establish and prove reliably perennial.
Primroses like my garden and both grow and proliferate happily. I seem to have a near 50:50 split between primrose yellow and the rest, the rest being mostly quite subdued pinks, purples and blues that all blend together quite happily. I don’t dislike the really vivid colours that fill the garden centres but they don’t look right amongst the natural looking types.
I have Erythroniums in flower and more in bud to follow. They seem to do well for me if I can avoid disturbing them when they’re dormant. Bought from a local nursery called Illand Nursery, as ‘Illand Pink’, I think they’re a selected form of E. revolutum.
Caltha polypetala is the name I acquired this as; it seems now to be a subspecies of the marsh marigold, Caltha palustris. Basically a giant form of marsh marigold, happy in wet soil or shallow water and not really a plant of any great refinement. I like buttercup flowers well enough but they usually spell trouble, as in creeping buttercup or celandines; this is comparatively benign and easily pulled out if it gets ideas.
Another cloudless sky, beautiful from the inside but still chilly from a cold but not freezing night. The clocks go forward tonight and we lose an hour of sleep, an adjustment my circadian clock has pretty much made already. Right now it feels later than it is, feels like I should be out there doing something useful.
The Prop has posted, that was the link.