Tulipa kolpakowskiana opened

The first Tulipa kolpakowskiana flower opened today. The leaves are very narrow on this tulip and the flower is smaller than the Tulipa schrenkii and flatter when open.

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Primula vialii returns

My Primula vialii has survived for another year. I'm especially pleased as I've been told that they typically do not survive very long.

Its in the wettest part of the garden in heavy clay soil. Still with the long dry spell last year even that part of the garden dried out.

Last years flower stems are visible. I leave them to keep track of where it is as the plant completely dies down over the winter leaving no other trace.

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Six on Saturday - 6 Apr

Snow this Wednesday morning, it melted by the afternoon, but had flattened a few plants which have mostly recovered now. The temperature dipped below zero on Monday morning but it was still above zero when it was snowing.

This weeks Six on Saturday as hosted at The Propagator blog.

1 Chionodoxa

I thought that I had lost most of this, but as well as this there are also a few flowers in among the Puschkinia. I was given a few more bulbs which I have planted in other places around the garden.

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2 Tulipa schrenkii

There are three of these which I am looking forward to seeing all out together.

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3 More Tulips

These came from a single bulb in 2013. It was the palest of the batch that I bought and the name has been lost in the mists of time. I removed a few bulbs and planted them …

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End of March round up

You can compare with last years round up if you wish. It is interesting to note that the Pieris already had its red shoots in March in 2017, but not this year or last. In most other respects this year is similar to 2017.

March was a reasonably warm month with only one day when the temperature dropped below freezing. The highest temperature of the year so far of 16C occurred on the 21st. I know that some places further south had higher temperatures than that in February, but not here - the temperature never reached 15C in Feb.

Flowering

There were still some crocuses flowering, although they were all finished by the end of the month.

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The primroses were flowering. Here is the one that suffered a vine weevil attack. It was great to see it recover from nothing to begin flowering again.

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The original clump of Brunnera macrophylla 'Hadspen …

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Last saturday in March

Its been a dry week with a fair amount of sun but not especially warm. The early part the day was sunny and I moved a few plants around before it rained.

Here are six pictures from this morning for Six on Saturday.

1 Daffodils

I bought two new daffodils this year, N. 'February gold' and N. 'Jetfire'. Now I expected the 'February gold' to appear first, perhaps even in February, but this appears to be 'Jetfire' as the centers are orange (they are more orange in real life than in this photo).

The other daffodils are way behind and the buds are only just above ground, or not yet visible. It is going to be a week or two before I see what the others are like.

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2 Tulips

The plan for this years tulips was to get some that would return every year and bulk up over the …

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First HPS seeds germinated

I've started sowing the seeds from the HPS exchange scheme.

The Primula japonica were supposed to be sown as soon as possible. Well I didn't do that so I sowed them outside a week or so ago. I put some in two marked areas and then just spread them around. There is still seed left, so I may put some in a tray later.

I sowed some of the others indoors on the windowsill. Three of them have germinated so far. The first one was Salvia microphylla ex 'Cerro Potosí'. This is a reasonably sized seedling

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Next was Veronica longifolia ex 'Marietta', closely followed by Verbascum phoeniceum ex 'Violetta'. These are very tiny seedlings - particularly the Veronica which had a very dust like seed.

The Veronica is on the left, the Verbascum on the right.

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So doing a lot better than last year so far.

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Six on Saturday 16 March

Early this morning there was a small amount of snow in the ground but it was raining and the gravel area was flooded and even part of the left border was under water. A cyclamen was looking a bit like a water lily.

Later the sun came out and the water drained away, so I managed to take 8 pictures. Two of them were blurred leaving six which was a piece of luck since that is exactly the right number to play Six on Saturday...

1 Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica

This is my first Puschkinia flower, I've not grown them before or even even seen one for real as far as I remember.

I planted 20 of these, but this is the only one I've found so far. The leaves look very much like Muscari leaves so I may have been overlooking them.

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2 Euphorbia

This used to be at …

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