The weather’s been fabulous this week, what a joy to have light winds, sunshine and real warmth. Here in Scotland, we moved into Covid-19 Lockdown Stage One yesterday. Some friends were anxious to be able to get out for walks or go to see family members, but right now I feel happy to just stay around my own house and garden until any initial rush is over.
If I had to complain it would only be to say that the heat has slowed my gardening efforts. I have to remind myself that this is only the end of May, where I’d normally just be thinking about putting out tender plants, and I’m actually way ahead of my usual planting schedule.
There’s not a huge amount of colour in the garden at the moment, spring planting is fading and the summer replacements are only gently starting to bloom. The roses are beginning to open, so hopefully, the garden will be rich in colour within another week or two.
Meantime, here’s my Six for this gorgeous, sunny Saturday.
First Flowering Peony
I’m rather chuffed with this peony, it’s the first to bloom this year, and there was a great deal of doubt about whether it would bloom at all.
It was given to me by a friend many years ago, shortly after we moved in here. Last year the tuber was getting so large that it was rising out of the ground, and so, out of necessity, we lifted it during autumn and divided it. When I say divided, that’s a kindly description of what actually happened.
This tuber was massive, and I had read online that it probably wouldn’t flower again for many years after division. But it had to be done, so I pointed to the places where I thought it should be cut and my husband took a big saw and sawed it into several pieces. I potted up some of the pieces and passed them on this year after I made sure that they were growing well.
Two of the divisions are back in the garden, both with buds, and this is the first flower from one of those plants. The other buds are small, and I’m a bit doubtful if they will flower, but now that I know it’s capable of flowering, I’ll see if it can be persuaded to do a bit better next year.
This is a small clematis, only 4ft in height, and a recent purchase. It sits in a container at the front door, beside the pots of pelargoniums. I wasn’t sure about the dark purple & magenta colour of the flowers when it started to bloom shortly after delivery in April, but it’s growing on me.
It seems that it likes full sun, so it’s in an ideal spot, and it flowers from late Spring to late Summer. If it continues to flower as well as this, I might end up loving it. 😊
Four Astrantia ‘Buckland’ plants border one side of our raised patio so I can look straight down onto the tops of the almost-1m high flowers. Astrantia ‘Buckland’ blooms a little bit earlier than some of the other astrantias in the garden and its soft pink flowers are very attractive sitting on silvery-white bracts.
I have been looking at this plant for several years now, and each year I ask, ‘who are you?’ It stands about 30″ high, is in a semi-shaded spot and I wonder if it could be some type of anemone? Anyone willing to hazard a guess?
While this planter was under construction on our front drive, it was dubbed ‘the coffin’ because of its size and appearance. Last week it was finally planted up for summer. There’s not a huge amount of colour at the moment, but like the garden that will hopefully change over the next few weeks.
A hidden gem
I was on my knees weeding during the week when I looked up and noticed this astrantia that grows in a fairly secluded spot. It’s nodding heads are just getting ready to stretch up and open to reveal its tall, delicate flowers that are in stark contrast to its surrounding neighbours.
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 ideas. Enjoy your gardening weekend and stay safe and healthy. 🌈
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