read more or
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.
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.
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
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
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.
First flower of this
Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction' that I bought
in November when it didn't have any leaves above ground.
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
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.
read more or
You can compare with last year.
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
It was definitely the month for tulips
there are many posts earlier in the month
on the individual tulips so I won't repeat
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 …
I made a mini rockery for this Lewisia cotyledon Elise in the
driest part of the garden as I was concerned that the wet conditions
would not suit it.
It had a single flower stalk flowering all over the winter! Now it is
a mass of flowers and there are more on the way.
It is the most striking and gorgeous plant at the moment.
I have two of the silvery leaved kind and
a patch 'Hadsden cream' that was already there.
I've been interested in growing these from seed
since I learned that the new plants are often
quite similar to the parents, so I thought there
might be some interesting variations.
For some reason there are a number of seedlings
this year in the gravel and here is
one that still has its seedling leaves.
It is slightly interesting in that it has a small
portion of the leaf with the silvery finish to it.