Six on Saturday | Easter Blues (almost)

It was interesting to read the reasons that people choose the plants for their gardens, thank you to everyone who commented last week. I’m trying to be more selective in what I grow now and concentrate on what suits my soil and exposed location, resistant to the S&S as well as creating a habitat for nature. That doesn’t stop me having plant envy when I read other gardeners’ blogs!

A much quieter week meant I could get outside and do some gentle weeding (gentle because my joints are still painful and limits me to what I can do) and enjoy seeing the tulips begin their colourful journey and checking on all the perennials shooting up from underground. It’s always a nervous time seeing whether new shoots appear.

Tulipa ‘Palmyra’ is the first of my new tulips this year to open. A deep rich blended wine colour this double early variety looks like a peony flower. It grows to 30cm.
Another newbie is this Ipheion ‘Jessie’ the most beautiful blue colour. Only three flowers so far, but I am hoping that this will bulk up as it gets older. The bulbs were tiny!

The Brunnera macrophylla  grows underneath the contorted hazel tree along with some Heucheras and Geums. The Heucheras are looking a little tired now so I might replace them with some Bergenia this year.

Another plant with blue flowers is my Brunnera ‘Sea Heart’ so far unnibbled. The intense blue flowers are similar to forget-me-nots, but I grow it mainly for the beautiful frosted silver heart-shaped leaves

On the other side of the tree is this Epimedium now sending out its delicate flowers and new leaves. I learned my lesson a couple of years ago to cut the old leaves to the ground in February, otherwise it is impossible to see the flowers. (Almost impossible to photograph them at the best of times!)

Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) gets its common name from its puffy, heart-shaped pink flowers that dangle from long, arching stems. It is a woodland plant and favours a shady location. This grows under my winter honeysuckle in the Woodland Border.
Another fabulous blue flower is Anemone coronaria de Caen ‘Mr Fokker’ with its liquorice coloured stamens. This is one of several that pop up around the garden from old corms/ seed. I must buy more for next spring as they truly are wonderful plants.

Jim of Garden Ruminations is now our host and as a former nurseryman has a lot more than the SOS happening over on his blog so well worth following. As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to his site where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world. See here for the participant’s guide.

Six on Saturday

28 Comments Add yours

  1. The tulip is divine. I want it!

  2. Catherine says:

    Your post this week is displaying such rich colour, you must be very pleased with the display and range of flowers in your garden at the moment.

    I hope my Tulipa ‘Palmyra’ looks as good as yours when it blooms. This is a first for me too.

    Ipheion is one I haven’t grown, but I love all little star-shaped flowers. I think I might try them in a pot next year.

  3. Such spring beauty!

  4. Cathy says:

    Glorious spring colour Jude, and how exciting to see the tulips beginning to get going. ‘Palmyra’ is beautiful, but I am sorry to read you usually avoid double ones because of the wind

  5. Helen Jones says:

    Both those blue flowers are stunning, definitely more to add to my ever-growing wishlist!

  6. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Such beautiful colours, you got to love spring

  7. Lovely selection. That dark red double tulip is very attractive. The blue of that anemone is stunning.

  8. Anemones always make a pretty display. Your blue one is lovely.

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