There’s been a lull in gardening activities this week, we’ve reached a sort of in-between stage. The seedlings are in the greenhouse, not yet ready to venture outside, and the final few half-size trays hold seedlings that are still too small to pot on. It’s too early to plant out the tender plants, the garden is mostly weed-free (that won’t last long), and it’s mostly just watering and feeding to attend to for the moment.
Right now it’s late Friday afternoon and I’m sitting in our summerhouse relaxing, looking out at the garden and pondering over changes and additions for next spring. It’s sunny, there’s a light breeze, still a little bit cool, but pleasant, and there’s not a sound, except for some happy birds singing nearby. It’s peaceful.
For a little while this week there’s been time to sit and enjoy the colours and perfumes of the springtime garden. Those are special moments.
But now it’s time for Six on Saturday! I have just two subjects this week, though plenty of photographs.
Malus Everest, Apple Blossom
It amazes me that blossom so delicate and beautiful can grow from such a knarled old branch and trunk! But here it is, laden with white flowers and tiny red and pink buds that look like little polka dots scattered throughout the tree.
A comely sight indeed it is to see, a world of blossoms on an apple tree.
Tulips in situ
If I’ve learned anything this year about growing peony-flowered tulips in a pot it’s this – don’t pack them too tightly into the pot. Many of the bulbs produce multi-headed blooms and they need room to grow – if they’re deprived of that, it’s hard to fully appreciate their individual beauty.
This is only my opinion, and others might disagree, but next year I will be looking for an airier, more natural look – and I’m hoping that I manage to remember my own advice when it’s November and time to plant the bulbs!
Tulip Copper Image
This is a particularly lovely double tulip, which has very large copper-coloured blooms adorned with a profusion of petals.
Some of the petals have touches of magenta, making them look a deep dusky pink in strong sunlight, but the overall flower colour is a very unusual (but beautiful) coppery tone. I’d be happy to have more of them planted in the borders and expect I’ll be adding a few more bulbs to next year’s tulip order.
Tulip ‘Charming Lady’
I’m absolutely smitten with this tulip. The soft and delicate sunset colours vary through yellow to gentle orange, soft apricot and pale pink, with a few magenta touches.
It’s multi-headed and the flowers vary in size from large to petite, and the stems vary in height, giving it a more airy appearance than the other double late-flowering varieties that I’ve grown this year. Sigh…it’s simply gorgeous!
Tulip ‘Dream Touch’
Another well-named variety, the petals of Dream Touch are soft to the touch and almost velvety. I just love the richness of its red-purple colour and each petal that’s distinctively trimmed in white.
It’s less cupped than the others mentioned here and has a slightly more open bloom – almost water-lily in shape – which reveals the individual layers of white-edged petals. The flowers are approx 11-12cm diameter, making it an impressive sight in any garden. It has earned its keep and will be a welcome return to the borders next year.
It’s dark, it’s dramatic, it’s different, and I’d love to say that I adore it, but I’m not so sure that I do.
Tulip ‘Nachtwacht’ – or ‘Night Watch’ is named with a nod to the Rembrandt painting ‘The Night Watch’, famous for its dramatic use of shadow and light. Tulipa Night Watch displays petals of dark and light but in a way that’s just not subtle enough for me. When I look at it I feel it’s like rumpled tissue paper – I think it is just a little bit too untidy for my taste. In its own way, it is beautiful, but I wouldn’t choose it again.
However, I’ll lift and store the bulbs over summer and autumn, and if it doesn’t feel I’ve insulted it, I’m sure it will make an equally dramatic appearance in next year’s garden.
That’s my contribution for this Saturday, be sure to check out all the other Six on Saturday posts from around the world, where you’ll find plenty of inspiration and garden beauty. Enjoy your gardening weekend, and stay safe and healthy. 🌈
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All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.