Crikey, it’s May already. April seemed to race by and, after weeks of dry and mainly sunny weather, suddenly remembered it was meant to be a tad showery. While the showers were welcomed the surprisingly blustery winds towards the end of the week were not. Alas, the combination of both wind and rain finished off many of the Montana Clematis flowers and almost resulted in a plant casualty, which leads me straight to my first Six on Saturday.
1. I had all my plant supports ready to go but as usual hadn’t got around to deploying them; it seemed too early and the ground was like concrete in places (an attempt to plant some Delphiniums one evening proved tough going). In the past few weeks the Hesperis, grown from seed last year, have shot upwards and have just begun flowering. They’re taller than I was expecting, especially the prize specimen that was flattened Thursday morning. Luckily it hadn’t snapped at the base and, with the aid of a plant support, has almost regained its composure. They were grown primarily for their fragrant flowers that are supposed to be at their scentiest in the evening. However, I’ve buried my nose in their beautiful purpley-pink petals the past few evenings, inhaling deeply, and I’ve struggled to detect much of anything. Perhaps they’re set to a different time zone.
2. The dwarf Korean Lilac , Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ never disappoints when it comes to fragrance. The tiny flowers release a perfume that almost fills the garden. I give it a prune after the blooms fade to keep it compact.
3. At the moment there are swelling flower buds almost everywhere you look. Those of the Harlow Carr rose tree planted in November are on the brink of opening. It’s growing next to the Korean Lilac, waiting to take over fragrancing duties when the diminutive shrub finishes flowering.
4. Hidden behind the garden bench, I hadn’t realised these ‘Purple Sensation’ alliums were about to bloom. I think they might be the bulbs I planted back in 2018 as they seem more advanced than those planted last autumn.
5. Next up, creeping Phlox. The top one occasionally seeds itself around. The other, ‘Candy Stripe’, grows in the front garden. Most years the latter looks a bit sorry for itself but it seems to be thriving this spring.
6. And finally… As predicted the white Saxifraga/Saxifrage purchased last spring didn’t survive the winter. A replacement was planted back in March, along with a new red one that featured a few weeks ago, and is brightening up the stepping stone path to the patio.
They were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.