Six on Saturday (2 April 2022)

Brrrrr. Last Saturday the sun shone warm and bright as I chopped back this and that and shuffled around that and this in an attempt to restore some order to the one and only border in the front garden. However, I think I’m going to have to don a few extra layers today and perhaps have a mug or two of black coffee before venturing out to plant a new bargain bare rooted rose. Anyway, time for Six on Saturday.

1. Lets start with a tropical Narcissus. Blowsy, yet oddly demur too as the yellow petals mellow with age, I think I plant a pack of ‘Tahiti’ every autumn as I’m not convinced many return for a second spring (possibly a result of careless bulb-splicing digging by the head gardener). I planted 10 more back in November so I might go round and count them all later and see what the overall tally is, once I’ve put on a thick jumper, a fleece, possibly a wooly hat and maybe some gloves.

2. A mere leap-over-the-mini-pond away (if you’re feeling adventurous) you’ll find the Viburnum carlesii ‘Compactum,’ its flower buds poised.

3. We have to take another risky leap back over the mini pond to get to my third SoS (I really didn’t think the order of these Sixes through). Chionodoxa are normally devoured by the slimy plant assassins of the night, but not this spring. The gourmet gastropods appear to be savouring Primula petals instead.

4. Up next, some lightly fragrant Tulip ‘Prince Mixed.’ I only planted up one pot of these this time around which was rather foolhardy. An early flowering variety, I may plonk these in the ground when they’ve finished as the odd few I tried in the ground a few years ago are still coming up.

And look! A bit of colour mutation of the stripey kind.

5. Tulip sylvestris is doing its bendy-stemmed yellowy fragrant flowery thing for a second year running. According to Sarah Raven this wild native tulip will be in the garden for decades once planted. So far so good. I may plant some more in another border come the autumn.

6. And finally… Narcissus ‘Xit’ and before you ask, I don’t know how you pronounce it. I guess it’s either ‘zit’ (which is unfortunate) or ‘exit.’ This is its second spring and I’d forgotten how pretty it was, although, rather like a Hellebore, you have to lift the flowers up or lie on your back to fully appreciate them.

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


33 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (2 April 2022)

  1. That bargain tree is a bargain only if you get it planted! Wrap up well cold one here too.
    As you go counting Tahiti, I’m counting Tulips. Sadly, I’m at approximately 7 out of 50. I think I’ll stop for coffee.

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  2. This first daffodil looks a lot like the ‘Tahiti’ I have here. I noticed that there were also less s&s this spring but unfortunately I don’t have the chionodoxas. They must have been eaten by mice since last year because I haven’t seen them yet. Stunning set of colorful tulips. I like the pastel tones and the striped one is very nice

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  3. Definitely zit! Lovely tulip mix, I do love tulips. Like Noelle I am going to get some T, sylvestris for the garden, if I remember, which is touch and go. I will probably see yours again next year and say “I am going to ……” Have a good week. 🙂

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  4. ‘Tahiti’ brought back the memory that we planted it years ago and it is doing very well though we had forgotten its name! Tulips sylvestris does indeed last for years and years but I have found it hasn’t increased well for me in that time. On the other hand, Tulipa bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ romps along invading bed after bed but is forgiven as it is so pretty.

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  5. The slugs had no such reservations about my scillas, and they had primrose flowers as well for good measure. I’m cautiously allowing myself to hope that Tulipa sylvestris might stick around for a few years here, which would be a first. I very much want them to, I love them.

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  6. I am very interested in your Viburnum carlesii, we inherited a plant in our garden which looks very much like this, it has lots of flower heads which are getting ready to open. I have tried to find what plant it was to no avail, until today. I shall take a photo for next week.

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  7. Good to see that Tulip sylvestris has returned. I hope mine do and looking at your photo I can see where to plant some of the Muscari I have in pots this year. If I can find a space between the tulip bulbs that is!

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  8. The Tulip sylvestris look wonderful, and I like the idea of tulips being in the garden for years (hope it’s the same for Turkestanica, which is also a species tulip). I have the same Viburnum, I love the transform from dark pink buds to white pom-pom flowers. Mine’s at the pom-pom stage already (with a covering of snow).

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  9. The stripey tulip is very exciting. I love the native yellow tulip, which I’ve not seen before. Let’s hope for the “exit,” though I think “Xit” is lovely enough to retain its appeal, even with a less favorable pronunciation.

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  10. Fab mixed tulips – those mauvey ones are lovely, and I’m tempted to try the sylvestris type myself. I always plant our old bulbs into the garden – they NEVER come up. Freezing down here too – I never knew Devon got this cold – two snow flurries this week. Brr!

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  11. What pretty spring bulbs you have. At the moment, the tulips 🌷 are just orange and yellow, I’m hoping for more variety from those that haven’t flowered yet. The viburnum looks promising. Do show us the flowers once they open.

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