Six on Saturday (26 February 2022)

When I was writing last weekend’s rhyming Six on Saturday I was blissfully unaware there was yet another storm on the way. Soggier than Eunice, Franklin seemed just as wild at times. Thankfully, we got off lightly here. Apart from a large branch that was snapped off the Coronilla out the front, no further damage was done.

One week later (it’s early Friday evening as I write this) and the sky is blue, the sun is shining and all is still and calm, well, apart from the neighbour bashing away at one of the fallen fence panels. The aphids have staged another comeback on the Sambucus nigra ‘Golden Tower’ (they’ve been squished… again), birds seem singier and a newt was spotted in the pond the other evening. It all feels rather springlike. True, I said something similar a few weeks back before things turned nasty. But come Tuesday meteorological spring will have sprung and this gardener will have to get his act together and start thinking about chopping back this and that and sowing a few packets of seed. In the meantime I’m just enjoying the new flowers that are appearing each day.

1. And we start with Iris reticulata ‘J.S. Dijt,’ a recent acquisition from the Country Market shop in town where a selection of locally grown plants and home baked cakes (as well as crafts and other handmade goodies) are temptingly displayed in the windows. The weak-willed cake-loving gardener doesn’t stand a chance when entering this shop.

2. A Primula vulgaris on the shady side of the garden appears to have exploded into flower. Ker-bloom.

3. Back to the mini Iris, this is another one from the Wilko mixed pack which, alas, doesn’t provide any clues regarding the varieties it contained.

4. Now this is a bit of a mystery. Not quite a regular Primrose but not quite an Oxlip either.

5. Next up, a Hyacinth. I have a feeling this may be ‘Woodstock.’

6. And finally… Remember the succulent that featured back in January (mistakenly thought to be a Sempervivum until a few knowledgeable SoSers identified as an Echeveria)? Well, here it is now… and there’s another spike of flowers forming.

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.

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29 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (26 February 2022)

  1. You will be relieved that unlike sempervivums the echeveria will continue to grow, and propagation too is easy. Beware the buy of propagation. What pretty Iris, I like the paler blue one from the great little store that is too far away from me.

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  2. Primula vulgaris are lovely and yours looks unnibbled too! I need to buy some this year to replace the gaudy primula that are now on their way out. And I am glad Chloris named your very beautiful blue iris. That’s quite something.

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  3. Incredible photographs this week. The markings on the iris petals are very exotic looking close up. The primula is indeed exploding with blooms. I am impressed by your success with the echeveria and look forward to future photos of this flower stalk as the buds begin to open.

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  4. Isn’t it great that Chloris named the iris?!! A perfect example of why SoS is so interesting. I love the reticulata irises but have grown NONE here. Lovely pictures – and ‘singier’ birds definitely make one smile on a dark Monday morning!

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