Six on Saturday | April Showers

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Well it is my two year anniversary as part of the Prop’s merry band. How different things are today than there were then. Plans and plants put on hold for now, but nature continues to do her thing. Ironically my first post was about a rainbow and a garden I cannot visit at this time. So many tulips are flowering in my garden now and I am enjoying each and every one of them. At the end of the season I may do a run down on the bulbs I bought and how they performed so watch out for that.  Meanwhile here six things in the garden today.

(1)  I’ll start with tulips, but only the one as I am doing other posts specifically on tulips this month. This is T. Queen of Night  one that is very popular and one I have grown before in a container, but not since moving here. I hadn’t realised just how tall she is! I do like the deep velvety maroon flowers with a silky sheen which makes her look almost black and she looks divine with contrasting coppery shades. Here she towers above T. Green Star, T. Red Shine and N. Thalia. The nice thing about planting tulips in pots is that you can move them around. These are on the Zen patio.

(2) Last year I mentioned the renovation of my Cornish hedge which is in my ‘Wild Garden’. I removed as many weeds as possible and my son helped to build up the wall where it had come loose. Some cuttings of plants I already have were planted and so I thought it was time to let you see how it has progressed. One of the things I have done is to cut down the huge wild clematis that was really totally out of control. There are new shoots appearing so I shall try and train those on the fence as much as possible.

April 2019
April 2020

Some weeds have re-appeared and I have noticed the Bindweed popping up again. But I am happy to see the Anthemis has taken hold as have several Osteospermum cuttings and I do have several more that can go in here. Also the old wallflower plants that were used as toppers for last year’s bulbs are flowering and the bees love them. And at the base of the hedge are self-seeded forget me nots and the three corned leeks, which look like white bluebells! The lanes are full of them so it is virtually impossible to get rid of them, especially in gravel!

(3) More Anthemis cupaniana (white Sicilian chamomile ) is found in the Gravel Garden (sunny wall) and looking lovely at the moment. I must take some more cuttings as this is so easy to propagate and the flowers last for ages.

(4) Turning attention to the Woodland Border where lots of plants are coming up and some are flowering now too including this pretty Bleeding Heart ( Dicentra / Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

(5) Another plant that lives in this walled border is this Pulmonaria / Lungwort. Name unknown as it was inherited, but it has very spotty leaves and very pale blue flowers. It also usually gets very mildewed so I have to cut it back severely each year.

(6) And the stars of this wall at this time of year are the ferns. In particular the Hart’s Tongue fern / Asplenium scolopendrium which always looks lovely when backlit by the sunlight as the new leaves unfurl.

So another three weeks in our temporary retreat from society before we know how or when things will change, I sincerely hope that everyone is keeping safe and well. It’s a heart-sickening situation and we are the lucky ones to have our gardens to tend and share.

As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls 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.

Take care out there!

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  1. Cathy says:

    Your Cornish hedge is looking good, Jude, and the tableau of your sixes is bright and cheery – I have been enjoying new fern foliage too.

  2. Love your Cornish wall. I was going to ask if your pulmonaria is ‘Sissinghurst’ as it looks white in the picture but then saw you say it’s pale blue.

  3. Ann Mackay says:

    I’m missing garden-visiting but it’s great to be able to visit via blogs and I enjoyed yours. We are lucky to have our gardens to retreat to. Stay safe!

    1. Heyjude says:

      We are lucky indeed and I am sure those other gardens are getting on just as well without us, maybe even better as the gardeners and groundsmen can work all day without interruption from visitors.

      1. Ann Mackay says:

        Maybe they’ll be extra good when we do get the chance to visit!

  4. BeckyB says:

    oh you have a Bleeding Heart. I lost mine last year, presume to the frosts but don’t really know. I miss it so much

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have been around the garden and noticed some losses, but due to the excessive wet not frost. We hardly have frost here. You might find yours reappears if the roots are intact. This one is the best it has been in years!

      1. BeckyB says:

        Second year now it’s not appeared 😦 I’ll just have to come and visit you after this is all over and take a cutting! Hmmm would a cutting work?!

        1. Heyjude says:

          I have never taken a cutting from this plant, but I am willing to give it a go.

        2. BeckyB says:

          I’ll promise I will visit, maybe even with my mum, if you try!

  5. Tina Schell says:

    Oh my goodness Jude – I am SO glad you included the before and after of your beautiful wall. How else could we appreciate the wonders of your ever-green thumbs?! One could almost imagine being happy locked down with a garden such as yours to sit within!

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are so kind Tina, that wall has a lot of weeds in it I’m afraid and they sneak into all the cracks and crevices so virtually impossible to get out!

      1. Tina Schell says:

        Just added to the character my friend!

  6. I love the rock wall, and those purple tulips with the white and red understorey, and the light through the ferns. A lovely, lovely garden

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, thank you Meg. The tulips do bring me pleasure. And it is so nice to see everything waking up in the sunshine. Well almost everything.

  7. cavershamjj says:

    two years eh? happy sixiversary! I have queen of the night, I am a little underwhelmed by how small the flowers are. I want them to be big plush things. might not get them again. bah humbug.

  8. Hi Jude. Happy belated SOS birthday. To say I am jealous of your Cornish Hedge is an understatement.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I just wish I could persuade all the weeds to go elsewhere!

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