The mini-greenhouse has been fixed and operation ‘harden off seedlings’ has commenced. Some of the seedlings are doing well (the Marigolds, Clary Sage and Strawflowers). Others are doing less well (the Cosmos is remaining stubbornly spindly and the few Zinnias that have germinated appear to have stalled). There’s so much going in on the garden at the moment that it’s getting harder to select just six things for Six on Saturday. Tough decisions have had to be made but hopefully some of those that were dropped at the last minute will still be flowering next week. Anyway, let’s get on with it.
1. We start with a Philadelphus of extremely short stature. ‘Manteau d’Hermine’ has been flowering for a week or so now. It’s a lovely fragrant mock-orangey little thing.
2. Up next is Centaurea cyanas which has a tendency to take over a bit and needs pulling up from time to time. However, the flowers are stunning and the bees love them.
3. Back in November I purchased a pack of shade tolerant Alliums called ‘Cameleon.’ I was a bit puzzled by the name initially but now I get it! A few days ago these were all white but they’re gradually turning pink. A little bit Wild Garlicesque but hopefully not so spready.
4. I first noticed this plant in the garden last year but didn’t have a clue what it was other than it looked rather Geranium-like. I spotted it in someone’s SoS post a few weeks ago but naturally forgot to write down the name so have had to do a bit of googling (other search engines are available). I think it’s Geranium phaeum and it’s lovely. I just don’t remember ever buying one.
5. The surprisingly tall Aquilegia ‘Black Barlow’ has returned for a third year. It looks less dark and moody with the sun behind it.
6. And finally… The first of the Roses has begun to bloom. I wasn’t hopeful that the deliciously fragrant Rosa ‘Friesia’ would survive when it arrived as a poorly grafted quarter standard back in 2020. Now it’s one of the healthiest roses in the garden. I’ve yet to have any success taking cuttings from it though. I must have another go.
They were my Six on Saturday, a meme originally started by The Propagator. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, head over to the blog of the current Six on Saturday host, Jim. This may be my last full length Six on Saturday until after the 20 June. Exams are looming again and revision anxiety levels are beginning to rise. One day I think ‘yes I’m remembering stuff.’ The next day I can’t remember a thing. I think I’ve finally memorised some of the water plant names though. Stratiotes aloides, Aponogeton distachyos and (the worst of the worst) Hyrdocharis morsus-ranae (sounds like a Harry Potter spell). I’m struggling to remember Myosotis sylvatica though (I had to look it up just now to type it) – a bit ironic considering what its common name is.