Six on Saturday 14th of April 2018

Well well well it’s ended up a dryish week, a few days rain at the start but nice and dry from then onwards. This dry spell will certainly make the Plants and weeds grow a bit more. It’s been a mixed week for me here in Hampshire, my middle girl managed to break her leg badly on Tuesday, so a few extra days off than planned happened. During the quiet times, it was good to get into the garden potting stuff up, expanding beds and generally planing a few things out. The garage is slowly beginning its 3 yearly tidy up. It’s only a tiny garden here in chandlers ford but it is one I love a lot.

So anyway on to the six this week and yes they all do come from my little patch, so I hope you enjoy them!

These have to be on the most stunning tulips I have ever grown, they look so beautiful as they start forming their buds and when they open just wow! Tulip ‘Exotic Emperor’ is their name

A few of you may remember from a few weeks ago, this spotted laurel was on my list for removal and it’s now gone! Got some more roses and hardy geraniums to replace in its spot.

Potted up a small fruit tree I am going to train into a odd shape, idea what yet but that comes in time. The dwarf Buddleja is another that’s on my list to repot and is now done!

Sometimes a fellow blogger posts some beautiful plants on their six and it reminds you how much you love those plants and how much you miss having them in the garden, that happened a few weeks ago with Jim Stephens and the primulas he ordered from Barnhaven primroses and I started having a look! Always wanted a hose in hose primula, that’s when there’s a flower inside a flower like above, I have also got a soft spot for gold laced forms so couldn’t resist this one

Another primula from my little order, this one is called Camaieu and was introduced by Barnhaven back in 2003. I just loved the double forms as well and I think pink is a very easy colour to add to the garden. I can’t wait to see these grow and flower so much more over the next few years

I have a soft spot for bulbs, I find their use in borders and containers can increase interest and add something different for the short term into those areas. This fritillary called fox grape fritillary or its botanical name Fritillaria uva vulpis, is one of my favourites from this genus, although I have a feeling a few more maybe heading my way this autumn

Well that’s my six done from my garden this week, so many plants now are starting to wake up and start delighting us with their beauty. I hope you have a great weekend and check out the other six on Saturday over at the hosts site

Until next week, have fun in the garden or indeed just admiring plants

Shank You Very Much

22 Comments Add yours

  1. John Kingdon says:

    Crafty: sneaking in more plants of the week! Your opening gambit is a real wow-factored tulip which has gone on my want list for later in the year. Damn! You slipped in some primulas as well. I need another course of inoculations, I think!

    1. thomashort says:

      Lol how did you guess? Couldn’t resist them I wanted some of them for a few years now and felt it was time to start a small collection,

  2. joturner57 says:

    Was thinking of P. auriculas just yesterday.. and looking at Barnhaven’s site. Fascinating history of that nursery’s evolution, with different owners over the years.. Lucky you, having a hose-in-hose… think I must get one. Have a weakness for Frits as well… F. uva vulpis is a pretty one for sure. Have tried a few from seed, including F. pallidiflora and F. raddeana… As usual, enjoy your posts…

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s an amazing history isn’t, first time I have brought any plant from France too. They are really funny little plants aren’t, the gold laces are ones I have a soft spot for they are great with roses. I haven’t tried them from seed that’s my next thing to try thank you very much 😀

  3. fredgardener says:

    Will you have more than one flower per bulb with the Fritillaria uva vulpis? Are they less flowering than F. Meleagris? In any case, it’s a really nice one !
    I also enjoyed seeing the tulip “Exotic Emperor” open. 👍

    1. thomashort says:

      No it does seem to be one flower per bulb sadly, got a new bulb let forming which is positive

  4. Lora Hughes says:

    Don’t know which of your Six I like best, although I’ll put the buddleia on the bottom of the list. Not that I don’t like them, but it’s easily #6 because it’s got such stiff competition. That tulip is just . . . wow. No wonder you love your garden w/all its delights. Hope your daughter is out of pain & doing better, although she’s got a bit of time before she’s off & running again, poor thing. Poor parents as well!

    1. thomashort says:

      Ahh thank you, yes hoping she will be running around soon, missing my little helper in the garden already. It’s just amazing isn’t certainly shall get that one again. Thank you the garden is getting there, I keep changing it

  5. Wow some gorgeous plants this week – love your elegant Exotic Emperor tulip and having enjoyed some modest success with Fritillaria meleagris you’ve got me thinking it might be time to move on to uva vulpis. Hope middle daughter’s leg doesn’t take too long to mend!

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😊 we are hoping she will be back in 6 weeks, missing my little helper, it’s well worth ago, I am hoping to try a few more different fritillaries next year as well, Avon bulbs have a lovely amount to try

  6. Exotic Emporer is amazing!!

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s something else isn’t really glad I got it this autumn

  7. Sophie says:

    What a great 6. Loving that tulip! So elegant.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Sophie 😀

  8. cavershamjj says:

    That tulip is fab! Love a tulip.

    1. thomashort says:

      Cheers Jon, it’s certainly become one of my faves

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Is that a fig tree? Did it grow from seed? Some of mine came from seed, even though I was always taught to not let them grow from seed.

  10. finnfrenz says:

    Wow that tulip at the top is gorgeous, will look out for that one.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s a stunner isn’t

  11. Jim Stephens says:

    Gotta reply to a post where I get mentioned by name. You reminded me I need to see if Caroline Stone, who has the National Collection of Double primroses, has her garden open sometime. Not far from here I think.

    1. thomashort says:

      Looks a stunning garden Jim! Thank you for reminding me about them before the season was over

  12. I have never seen a tulip that looks like that! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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