Six on Saturday - 30th May

There has been hardly any rain for two months now, and no rain forecast for next week either. I have heavy clay soil so it is usually very damp, but there are now some cracks which I've not seen here before.

Here are six things from the garden today.

One

I Have a few foxgloves that seed around, this is a particularly fine example.

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Two

I have three Lupins in this patch. The large purple one at the back is a random Russell hybrid from Aldi. The red one is L. 'My castle' (brick red) and the blue one is L. 'Persian slipper'.

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Three

Very excited to see three new orchids appear this year. They are all reasonably close together in the left back corner area, so no where near either of the other two orchids that I have.

I didn't notice anything here last year, but as they take …

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Geum 'Cosmopolitan'

This has now grown to a good size and is covered in flowers. In contrast to the other Geums that I have this is low growing and so doesn't flop over everything else.

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Six on Saturday 9th May

Turns out that this is the first Six on Saturday I've done in about 10 months.

There has been very little rain for weeks and although there is plenty of moisture under the surface especially at the front of the garden, I've had to water plants that I've moved or planted and the Hellebore which is in the driest part of the garden near the Cordyline.

One

My Tiarella's are in general not doing that well, surviving but not thriving, you could say. This Tiarella 'Emerald Elle' is an exception though.

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Two

I can't get over how lovely this Lewisia cotyledon Elise is. It had a flower from late autumn all over winter and is now covered in flowers.

I made a mini-rockery for it with a couple of stones to protect it from the wet winters. Perhaps it wasn't necessary but anyway it is doing well.

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Three

Some …

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Tulip saxatilis

I planted 25 of these Tulip saxatilis, but I've been wondering where they all are and if they are going to appear. A few days ago I saw this one under the Sanguisorba leaves nearly ready to flower and now it is out.

There are three unidentified Tulips at the back of the garden that may also be these, but they are much, much smaller at the moment. There are also various single leaves without a flower which may be them too.

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Melittis first flower

First flower of this Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction' that I bought in November when it didn't have any leaves above ground.

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Bluebell

Lovely to see a bluebell out. I only have a few, as I've dug up all the ones that didn't display most of the characteristics of Hyacinthoides non-scripta.

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Epimedium 'Pretty in Pink'

This is the Epimedium that I bought in summer last year, it was flowering at the time I think. The flowers are much larger than on the Epimedium × warleyense which flowered earlier.

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End of April round up

You can compare with last year.

Weather

The average temperature was 8.8C with a minimum of -2.9C and maximum of 19.6C, so the minimum was again lower than all of the winter months. There were 3 frost days when the air temperature dropped below zero.

It rained on 4 days, but with a total of just 5mm of rain, so a very dry month indeed. The only real rain was on the last two days of the month, it is possible that the other two recorded days were just dew/frost melting.

Flowering

It was definitely the month for tulips there are many posts earlier in the month on the individual tulips so I won't repeat them here.

I planted Tulipa 'Ballerina' which appeared to be quite yellow on the packet but I see in internet photos is more orange. I think these are them, they could …

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