It is such a beautiful day. Cloudless blue sky, birds singing, lawns being mown. Finding 6 for today was no hardship, there is so much going on in the garden. If you want to join in with 6-on-Saturday hop over to here to find out how.
- 1. This is the white version of ‘Bleeding Heart’, although this picture does it no favours at all. It used to be called Dicentra Spectabilis but it’s now called Lamprocapnos Spectabilis. Sigh. Perhaps it’s sulking at the shift in identity. And ‘alba’, of course. It’s in partial shade and a moist but well-drained (ha!) bit of the border. I shall still call it Dicentra. So there.
2. I have a very young fruiting quince tree – Cydonia oblonga – which is kept in a large pot by the front door, in full sun. This is its second year. Last year we had lots of small fruit, this year I am hoping for bigger quinces so will be thinning off any fruit that set. It has the most delicate blossom – blush pink in the bud opening to white. I’m not sure how happy it is yet – it’s a bit straggly, but we shall see. It made some fine quince paste last year which I forced onto the family as Christmas presents. The variety is ‘Meech’s Prolific’.
3. This Polemonium is ‘Lambrook Mauve’. I picked it up at a visit to Lambrook Manor gardens earlier in the month (of which more in a separate blog). I don’t like the more common Polemonium – dark green leaf and darker blue flowers, they look kind of nondescript to me, but I love this combination of the fresh green leaf and that lovely pale purple flower with its white eye. I hope it will be happy and spread and spread.
4. These teeny, tiny, dark brown/purplish flowers are on Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen‘. I’ve never seen flowers on a Pittosporum before, but then I have led a sheltered life – which is more than can be said for the Pittosporum. I think it hates our garden which is cold and windy most of the time. We keep it in a big pot and do our best to locate it as much out of the prevailing winds as possible, but still it looks wan and feeble.
5. I can’t wait for this oriental poppy to flower. It’s Papaver “Princess Victoria Louise’. It’s a big clump now and is full of these huge, hairy buds. Soon they will split and the pink, silky petals will unfurl like butterfly wings emerging from a chrysalis. They don’t last long but are so beautiful I can’t imagine a garden without them tucked in somewhere.
6. And finally, here are some early veg plants that I am trying to harden off ready for planting in the garden. There are leeks, courgettes, beetroot, peas, runner beans and a few cosmos in there for dotting about in gaps. This week has been their first foray out of the greenhouse, poor tender little things. As soon as they are properly planted out, I shall feed them furiously and hope that they will eventually do the same for me.
That’s it for today!
The Optimistic Gardener.