Six on Saturday | Early March Edition

Well late February / early March – most of these photos were taken during the week whilst the sun shone. I got a lot done in the garden during  this last fortnight: more weeding, the lawn mowed (at last!), some plants transplanted, a LOT of cutting back of the Virginia Creeper which has a nasty habit of creeping through the eaves of the roof and into the attic. This really has to go or at least be tamed to cover just the lower part of the house, it involves far too much maintenance for me for a brief period when it looks good.  I also managed to cut out all the dead wood on the climbing rose on that wall  – there was a lot of that, but at least this year I have been able to see it. Whether it revives and grows is another question. That wall is looking rather bare now.

  1. A dwarf daffodil that I planted in the autumn of 2017 is this lovely Narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle – with flowers resembling tissue paper stars, they are a golden starburst in the garden. Unfortunately in my windy garden they do like to keep their heads facing downwards. I have planted them in two different locations: the sunny gravel garden and the shady woodland border. They have appeared at the same time.
  2. Also called the spring starflower, Ipheion uniflorum ‘Alberto Castillo’ boasts narrow strap-shaped light green leaves and solitary star-shaped flowers on upright stems.  It seems that I am attracted to star-shapes! Another from autumn 2017 these are planted in a bowl and I wasn’t sure they would reappear this year, but they have. But I think I will transplant them into a border at the end of their flowering this spring.
  3. Another bulb planted in a bowl in autumn 2017 is this pretty blue Muscari armeniacum, the classic deep blue grape hyacinth. I have the ‘Valerie Finnis’ variety too, but that hasn’t reappeared yet, although there have been leaves all through the winter.
  4. Leaving bulbs behind, here is a perennial herb. The Ficaria verna, commonly known as lesser celandine or pilewort is a low-growing plant in the buttercup family. It has fleshy dark green, heart-shaped leaves and distinctive flowers with bright yellow, glossy petals. Another star-shaped flower, this one is often found in woodland, grassy hedgerows and gardens. Many gardeners consider them as weeds and remove them from their gardens. I like the fact that they are usually the first flower in my garden and they are often known as the messenger of spring. After flowering they disappear underground again until the next spring!
    William Wordsworth was a fan, writing no less than three poems about the flower:

    To the small celandine
    Pansies, Lilies, Kingcups, Daisies,
    Let them live upon their praises;
    Long as there’s a sun that sets
    Primroses will have their glory;
    Long as there are Violets,
    They will have a place in story:
    There’s a flower that shall be mine,
    ‘Tis the little Celandine.

  5. Brunnera macrophylla ‘Sea Heart’. The heart-shaped, almost silver leaves are extremely handsome, and have deep green veining. The mound throws up sprays of soft blue, forget-me-not-like flowers in spring forming an attractive clump. This is planted in bark under my corkscrew hazel tree where I hope it will spread and thus prevent weeds from setting.
  6. And finally, my favourite flower in the garden this week are the very pretty Anemone coronaria  de Caen which I have used as pot toppers. The deep blue ones are exquisite and the rich red are also beautiful but impossible to photograph decently! The corms produce vibrant single stemmed poppy flowers from April-May if planted in September or October and they can even be planted in April for June and July flowering, or planted in June for September flowering. I think I have fallen in love!

    What’s your favourite flower this week?

    If you have time or the weather has turned nasty then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world

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  1. I can see why you love the anemones. The colour is stunning. I have starflowers in the border of my rose garden. They always look pretty.

  2. bushboy says:

    My favourite the pretty Anemone coronaria de Caen

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are beauties. Not sure how they will enjoy the storm coming our way tonight!

      1. bushboy says:

        Hope they survived ok

  3. Jane Lurie says:

    I love those daffodils. What a lovely collection of flower images, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Jane. It’s lovely to see so much colour in the garden already.

  4. Absolutely love your Star flowers Brunnera and Anemones but I’m afraid I cannot agree on the Celandine as it is a weed in our garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suspect if mine decides to migrate onto the lawn I might feel the same. At the moment it lives under the tree and bothers no-one.

  5. BeckyB says:

    Beautiful . . . can I borrow you for my wilderness in Winchester?!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Do you have a house sitter whilst you are away?

      1. BeckyB says:

        Unfortunately not, we do though have an amazing neighbour who pops in daily to spend time with Septimus 🙂 she also gives me lots of tomato plants every year!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Always nice to have good neighbours 🙂

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Space for a nice clematis on the wall?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Just removed one from a badly choked pot. I might buy another, but it will have to go in a pot as there is no soil there, and one that likes light shade. Any ideas?

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        Years ago I went to Christopher Lloyds garden, Great Dixter and fell in love with triternata-rubromarginata. I bought one for myself and one for my friend. Both thrived, but the second year my ex-husband who was heavy handed with the strimmer totally finished it off. I was gutted because I hadn’t seen it before and even since only seen a couple of scruffy overpriced ones. My friend’s is still going strong wrapped around an old tree, so this week I took a cutting, it would be great if its takes, but I’m not holding my breath. If you ever see it I think you’d love it. You may already know it, it’s highly fragrant?

        1. Heyjude says:

          have one for £12 – I might give that a try as it seems to not object to shade.

        2. Lucid Gypsy says:

          I’ve never got a through the post, have you? I’m glad to see it’s available though.

        3. Heyjude says:

          I buy a lot of plants through the post – some work out cheaper than the garden centre and others I buy from specialist nurseries like fuchsias and succulents.

        4. Heyjude says:

          Just looked it up on Thorncroft clematis site and they say it is not suitable for containers – bummer!

        5. Lucid Gypsy says:

          Oh poo. Yes mine was just in the ground against the garden wall.

  7. Tina Schell says:

    I agree Jude, the anemones are spectacular! I’m in awe 😊

  8. That Ipheion is pure delight, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It sure is Katherine. I must get more this autumn and some of the blue ones.

  9. Lovely selection, I am still waiting for my Ipheion, but great to see yours!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Mine has been flowering for weeks! Do you have the white one or the coloured ones?

  10. I love the vibrant colours of the Anemone! They would brighten the dullest day. Dafs are fine… but Anemones are stunning!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They really are, I don’t understand why it has taken me so long to grow them.

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