Six on Saturday – 23rd March 2019

Anemone coronaria ‘Bordeaux’

A lovely sunny day in the garden, finally, with no particular plans just being.  I am enjoying this meme as it makes me really look at what is looking best in the garden. I have a mooch around the garden taking photos of anything interesting.  However, it took a few walks around the garden before I spotted the Anemone coronaria ‘Bordeaux’; which was a real thrill as I have tried to establish this before and failed.

Pulstilla vulgaris ‘Papageno’

Not far away I found Pulstilla vulgaris ‘Papageno’ which was new a couple of years ago and seems to be establishing itself.

I have been bemoaning the fact that the primroses haven’t been reappearing this year and they never seem to bulk up but I did find this double primrose.

There are quite a few tulips almost ready to flower in the garden.  I really like the serrated edge of the petals of this one.

I thought I would include the Forsythia as I think it is really underrated and people can be quite snobbish about it but what’s not to like about those lovely yellow flowers.

Melianthus major

Finally, I discovered that the Melianthus major is flowering.  It doesn’t flower every year and I think the flowering is brought on by the warmer temperatures.  There are two flower spikes so far.  They are fascinating to watch as the spike slowly grows and unfurls over a number of weeks.

So those are my favourite things this week – for more Six on Saturday pop over the the Propagator’s Blog.

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathy says:

    It’s always a joy to find things beginning to establish, isn’t it? That anemone is a particularly beautiful colour – these anemones are something I haven’t been able to establish yet!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Someone at the HPS group I go to has them coming back year after year in a small raised bed at her allotment which she ignores so it seems they need good drainage and much disturbance

    2. Cathy says:

      That’s interesting to know – thanks for that, Helen

  2. Well done on your melianthus flower! I am not usually a fan of parrot type tulips, but in bud they are gorgeous.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I suspect I am with you on the parrot type tulips. I can’t remember which variety I bought but they can be quite garish

  3. Melianthus flowers on growth made the previous year. For me, the top growth is killed off in most winters but not this year. This will its second flowering in 18 years!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      It’s either the second or third flowering for me. Mine don’t get too cut back by the winter, must be quite sheltered

  4. Ann Mackay says:

    Oh yes, love the edges on that tulip’s petals – makes it look a bit like it could bite…

  5. Heyjude says:

    The double primrose is very pretty, I like the pale varieties. And your parrot tulip is fabulous in bud. I grew some for the first time last year and didn’t like them. The heads were too heavy for my windy garden and the flower too garish. I have gone back to simpler shapes this year. As for the Melianthus… I look forward to seeing that flower unfold.

  6. Beautiful anemone. I planted some in the autumn and have foliage but no flowers as plant has been swamped by celandine and bluebells.

  7. Lovely photo’s of the Pasqueflower and Double Primrose:. That anemone might have to go on my list:

  8. A lovely six, Helen. I particularly liked the double primrose.It’s a far cry from the basic variety I used to grow back in the UK

  9. Oh that’s a beautiful primrose Helen. Interesting to read your reply to Cathy as I also grow anemones in a raised bed at the allotment and they do return 🙂

  10. I love melianthus but have never seen it flower. Amazing.
    I fear I am a snob as I do not like forsythia too sulphur a yellow.

  11. tonytomeo says:

    I happen to totally dig forsythia! . . . and I am snobish! I can do both at the same time! It is rare here, so I really enjoy the two we had at work. I cut and divided the larger of the two into five more plants. The original is still where it was, but the other five were moved to a different landscape. I got a few small bits as well. Anyway, I would like to plant more of it as they grow big enough to be divided.
    Anyway, I happen to like anemones too, but do not grow them, because it does not get cool enough here for them to bloom again.

  12. There are some glorious forsythia around here, and they’re always a delight. People get snobbish about the oddest things!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I don’t understand why people do not like forsythia but they like daffodils. I think it might be because you often seen forsythia and cherry blossom along side each other

    2. I suppose that is a bit of an odd colour combination. Personally, at the end of winter I don’t mind if the colours do clash, as long as they are there!

  13. cavershamjj says:

    Founder member of the forsythia haters club here! I dug my 4 up the other week. Left acres of space for loads of new plants. I am also waiting on tenterhooks for tulips to open up. I have a few but 95% yet to come…

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Oh dear maybe I need to start a forsythia revival

  14. We got another ten inches of snow dumped on us on Friday into Saturday, and then Sunday was 60 degrees – welcome to March in the Mountains!! No gardening here yet, except for seed starting indoors….sigh. Soon!!

  15. Thank you for these lovely photos! I love the yellow Forsythias.

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