Six on Saturday (23 April 2022)

April is flying by at an alarming speed, although not quite as alarming as the speed at which the aphids are reproducing on the one remaining Sambucus. However, for the first time in a few years I’ve spotted ladybirds munching on them which is encouraging (although I’m still doing a spot of squishing). The garden is looking rather lush at the moment. Most of that lushness is down to the foliage of spring bulbs that I’ll soon find myself impatiently willing to die back in order to get on with planting other things. For now though I should just enjoy them, including my first Six on Saturday…

1. ‘Purple Doll’ is the sole survivor from a small batch that were planted in the ground last year. Some of the potted Tulips haven’t faired too well of late and I have a feeling a lack of watering is to blame. Bad gardener.

2. Growing nearby, and producing a beautiful flutey fragrance, is Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance.’ I think I say this every year, perhaps even a few times a year, but I can’t help feeling every small garden should have one of these. It certainly earns its keep, flowering off and on from March/April and into the Winter. It’ll get a light trim later in the year to keep it nice and compact.

3. Up next, a forget-me-not-like Navelwort: Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram.’ Growing in the shady border, this is its second spring. I was afraid I’d done it in last summer after a trampling incident but thankfully it seems to be tougher than it looks.

4. Like the Daphne, Viburnum carlesii ‘Compactum’ is another great small garden shrub. The perfumed pompoms of floral loveliness only last a few weeks but what a few weeks. Besides, the developing pinky-red flower buds add a few months of pre-bloom interest.

5. Purchased in 2018, this mini standard Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens grows in a pot in the front garden. Unlike the potted tulips it seems to thrive on neglect of the watering kind, which is a relief. The bees love it.

6. And finally… After 3 years and one fatality I have a flowering white Bleeding Heart. It was worth the wait. Hopefully Dicentra alba II (a bare root purchase from Wilko) will get bigger and better with each passing year.

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 (23 April 2022)

    1. It’s done better than previous years (once all the buds shrivelled up for some reason). I prefer the deeper blue of your variety though – we inherited a similar one to yours in the same spot when we moved here but our neighbour was concerned it was too large and was going to damage the foundations so we reluctantly chopped it down and dug it up. I do miss it though.

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  1. Yes, the ceanothus is a beautiful shrub and not grown very much. It was popular for a while here but I think succumbed everywhere in harsh winters. I still see one occasionally and am delighted when that happens.

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  2. Six beauties this week Graeme. Your garden must smell delightful. I really should make room for a Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance.’ Sun or shade? And that Ceanothus is so beautiful, where did you buy a standard from?

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    1. I’ve got the white variety in a sunny spot (it grew quickly and flowers most of the time) and a pink variety in a shadier spot (it’s growing much more slowly and doesn’t flower quite as prolifically). I guess that’s more to do with the spot than the flower colour. The standard Ceanothus was an online purchase in 2018 (ScotPlants), although I think I’ve seen them on other sites. I do worry it’ll snap sometimes, especially on blustery days like today.

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  3. True spring beauties, and would love to know how tall this Daphne is in your garden. At the HPS a friend brought that same Omphalodes, and will be planting it in a shady corner in the next few minutes.

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  4. A lovely selection. The ceanothus is gorgeous. I have read that they are short-lived due to excessive moisture. Apparently they live longer with no supplemental water, at least here in Southern Oregon.

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  5. Sounds like your two Daphnes have grown faster and bigger than mine, which have been planted much longer than yours and are not much more than half the size. Mine are showing signs of perhaps being past their best, bringing up the agonising decision of whether and when to replace them. Such a good plant, as you say, every garden should have one, or more.

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  6. Gorgeous plants! My world is still in early spring, despite the 80 degree temperatures today. I do not know how plants know what to do with the unbalanced spring weather we get here. 80 degrees one day, 32 the next. I am envious of the gorgeous flowers and foliage I see in SOS posts! Bleeding heart is a favorite of mine, but I do not have a place where it would thrive.

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      1. Yes, Wisconsin is variable. Chance of snow on Thursday. It is amazing how quickly I acclimate to 80, and then find temps in the forties to be near unbearable, whereas in March I found it quite pleasant to have temps in the forties. Sigh. I am ready for a nice stretch of 60s and 70s, but our spring is notoriously short once it gets going.

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