Six on Saturday – 9th March

Prunus kojo no mai

March seems to have roared in like a lion, which hopefully will mean it will end like a lamb but we will wait to see if that old adage is true.  Today we had another day full of blustery winds and squally showers, intermingled with sunshine, which at first seemed a good day for gardening but that blustery wind was very cold, cutting right through me.  The result was about an hour of gardening but at least the cobwebs were blown away.

Hepatica noblis

The garden is positively glowing now with dainty little spring flowers popping up here and there.  The Prunus kojo no mai is just coming into flower.  I love this shrub, its about 6ft tall, has slightly crooked stems and the most delicate pale pink flowers which remind me of tissue paper.  Another thrill was to find the Hepatica noblis flowering, especially as it is slowly but surely bulking up.

I think this is a form of Hyacinth but I need to have a rummage around to find the label, I don’t remember this plant flowering so well in the past so it is really a bit of a mystery.  It may well have been one of the pots of bulbs I used to have when I dabbled in growing alpines and I ended up planting out last year as I was fed up with all the pots.

Tulipa turkestanica

Tulipa turkestanica is another one of those bulbs that I used to grow in pots which seems to be doing better now that it is planted out in the border.


Melianthus major

The Melianthus major is looking stunning this year.  Last year it was hit by the ‘Beast from the East’ but this year the warmer weather and rain have led to a very abundant plant.  I am wondering if it will flower this year, there is no sign of any flowers at the moment but I am optimistic.  Even if it doesn’t flower the foliage is wonderful.

Sadly though some of the flowers have fallen victim to the wind.

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22 Comments on “Six on Saturday – 9th March

  1. The white hyacinth-like bulb is a beauty. I’m wondering if It is Scilla sibirica alba which I thought I had but it doesn’t look like yours. Or have I got Scilla luciliae alba maybe. Please let me know if you find the label.

    • If I find the label I will let you know

  2. Such beautiful, and dainty, flowers. I love them! I second Mossybrain’s comment, the only way to enjoy a camellia flower indoors is to float it.

    • I might try that, it seems such a waste them lying on the ground

  3. Melianthus major is one that I have never grown before. I think it was popular years ago among the Eichler Homes, but is quite rare now. It sort of reminds me of tree dahlia, which is another that I have not seen in a while.

    • You are right it was popular here a few years back but less so now, I suspect many lost it in the couple of hard winters we had

    • I don’t think hepatica need as much shade as you think. Mine is growing with light shade in quite a warm spot

  4. My new Prunus kojo no mai has just started flowering. It is lovely. Nice Six.

  5. Oh definitely not a gardening weekend here Helen thought I have been in the greenhouse. I wish my Prunus kojo no mai grew as tall as yours. What sort of soil and aspect is yours planted in? Your melianthus major is a fine specimen indeed. I’m on the look out for the ‘Purple Haze’ variety 🙂

    • Hi Anna – my prunus has been in the garden for years possibly 9. My soil is clay based but not thick clay. The
      shrub has some shelter from the larger prunus but apart from that it is fairly exposed towards the top of the garden. I suspect it benefited from some mild winters when first planted which helped it establish. I think Bob Brown has Purple Haze

  6. March is certainly being a lion here today, so I’m hoping for the lamb soon. Love the hepaticas – would like to grow them in my garden. Must find a suitable space!

  7. Lovely choices. Your melianthus has survived this winter much better than mine, which has been taken right down to ground level (although I can see new shoots). Hope that you get flowers!

  8. March is certainly living up to its reputation so far. You have some lovely unusual plants in your six – love the pale and interesting Tulipa Turkestana.

  9. The prunus is lovely, Helen – and the hepatica. I have recently bought some of the latter for pots in the Coop and hope I don’t get fed up of all the pots at some future date!

  10. My prunus knm is at exactly the same stage as yours, just opening. Its first spring in my garden so it’s still small. Looking forward to seeing it thrive

  11. 6 lovely photos Helen. March has been horrendous so far! I do hope it calms down soon or we’ll have no magnolias or camellias or any blossom left! I love the Tulipa turkestanica too – what a beauty!

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