Six on Saturday 2020 25-04

Here in this little corner of the world, we’ve had another week of glorious sunshine and the hose has been in use all week. Until Thursday the sunshine was accompanied by very strong winds that battered the plants and made photography somewhat difficult – but in spite of that, no one here would dare trade the winds for rain!

This is our 6th week of social-distancing and so far we’re holding up well. The garden and the good weather have been our lifeline. We miss our family, but we’re all hanging in there with FaceTime and Zoom. We get together for a family quiz night at the weekend and it’s always full of laughter. It’s also clearly apparent who are the oldies in the family, not from the wrinkles on our faces but the lack of knowledge of recent Disney films.

Here are my six for this weekend.


All my Peony-flowering tulips, which have been grown in pots, are starting to flower. In this garden, they always grow better in pots than in the soil. I love the display that they create, and it’s a huge bonus that they can be moved to any part of the garden so that they can be viewed in various locations, sometimes with different companions.

I feel they’re not as natural-looking as when they’re in the ground, so although I’ll continue to plant the bulbs into pots around November, I think I’ll have another go at putting some in the ground for next spring’s display.

Photographed against the wall of the little summerhouse.
Same tulips, different location

The nights have been cold, but with no indication of frost on the horizon, I pulled my old indoor terracotta pot out of the cupboard and put it between the two geums in the pebble border. This is the third year that I’ve created this same little cameo group, but I don’t tire of it. It will look different as the months go on when planting grows up behind it. For the moment, I like it just as it is.

Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’
The flowers look good against the light terracotta pot

Amelanchier ‘Ballerina’ is in bloom and it’s been a glorious sight. The blossom wasn’t long in being carried away with the wind, but for a little while, it was a joy to look at. Usually, Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ provides a fairly solid background for any photographs that I take of it, but this year the Amelanchier is a little bit early, and the Acer is a little bit late. How inconsiderate of them both.

Amelanchier ‘Ballerina’
There’s two wayward branches that will be pruned off once it finishes flowering
Delicate little flowers
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’

This is my one and only Acer, something I should put right. Every garden needs more than one Acer…right?

The leaves are not fully opened yet, and more will come as the weeks progress. On a dull day its colour can look quite brooding, but when the sun hits those leaves, they glow blood red. You can’t help but love it.

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
This tree glows in the sunlight
Narcissus Thalia

Finally, they’re in bloom! I have just one pot of Narcissus ‘Thalia’ – this year is all about finding out what I really like, what I kind-of like and what I don’t like. Thalia, I like you…lots…so onto the autumn shopping list you go.

Narcissus ‘Thalia’
Thalia – delicate and fragrant
Prunus Kanzan

This is a fairly young tree that we planted about four years ago. It’s a bit gangly and difficult for me to photograph because I’m small and it’s tall. The winds this week have also been a bit cruel to its petals. But I managed to get a few shots.

Prunus ‘Kanzan’
Clusters of cherry blossom

Wherever you are, I hope the sun shines down on your garden this week. Stay safe, stay happy. Remember to clap for the NHS next Thursday, at 8pm!

If you want to join in with Six on Saturday around the world, here are the details:


Six on Saturday is like a weekly journal. Take six photographs and post them to Twitter and/or your blog. You can get all the details from The Propagator who kindly set it all up. If you want to join in and see what everyone else is doing in the garden, just follow the link!

All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.

21 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 2020 25-04

  1. I planted some narcissus Thalia for the first time this year. I hope they’ll be as beautiful as yours. Oh, and the tulips are just fabulous….gorgeous, almost strident colours, but they work so well together.

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    1. I’m sure they’ll be lovely Jane. I was quite surprised how well they’ve grown, and in spite of the strong winds we’ve had recently, they’ve coped well and there’s been no damage at all.


    1. I think as you watch the one you have, change as the seasons’ progress, you will be quite smitten with it. Although I have a red, I’d like one that turns green and then perhaps orange and/or yellow. Are we ever happy with our choices? 😁

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  2. Kanzan is an amazing tree isn’t it? I’ve out a picture on my SoS today too but a long shot rather than a close up. I love the photos you’ve taken of your tulips. They look beautifully layered.

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    1. Thanks Katharine. I’ve seen your tree and it’s fabulous – it looks quite a mature tree and I love the way you have it placed in your border.


    1. Thank you, there’s a few more still to bloom and I think there’s at least one pastel amongst them. It will make a little change from the deep colours.


  3. I’m another fan of your gorgeous photos. Those peony-flowered tulips are lovely, I haven’t tried them, but I think I shall this autumn. Do you have the names to hand of those you bought? And lovely blossom. I have no flowering trees so it is so nice to see them on the blogs. Thalia was new to me this year as well and I love it, such a clean, pure colour, some are in a bed, the others in a pot, but I am going to replant them along the Cornish hedge once they have finished flowering.

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    1. The orange (aptly named) is Orange Princess, and the dark red is Tulip Nachtwacht, which is particularly beautiful and has a lot of opening still to do. Both from Farmer Gracy.

      The purple in the background is T. Showboat – it’s not as deep as I expected it to be, and was from a local garden centre.

      There’s a few others, also from Farmer Gracy, which haven’t yet bloomed – T. Copper image, Dream Touch and Charming Lady (its lovely sunset colours might appeal to you). They are all Peony-flowered.

      I’ll lift Thalia when they die down and store them until autumn. I did that last year with some bulbs and it worked fairly well. That way I won’t accidentally dig them up. 😁

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