Six on Saturday 21st of April 2018

Ahh at last a little bit of sun and as we expected it went from being cold, damp and wet to being subtropical in a few days, temperatures hitting a high of 29c. This warm weather is certainly making the plants and the grass grow like anything. Indeed one lawn, well the only lawn I now mow, has gone straight from not needing to be cut, to a weekly cut now. At least in this sun and heat, the hoe can come out and any small weeds coming up can be easily removed. Anyway on to the six on Saturday, which once more come from the delights of my own garden

The new fronds of the ferns are now slowly emerging and there can be none more attractive than the Japanese painted fern, Athyrium niponicum ‘Red Beauty’ who said foliage is dull and boring, certainly no one who has seen this plant!

Yes you have been warned, there’s a few tulips in my six this week, this is another beauty called Infinity, I love the combination of ivory white and pink, funny enough it becomes more pink as the flower ages.

Had to add the dark new foliage of Geranium espresso as it appears from the ground, just how dark and beautiful is this colour! You can see where the name came from can’t you.

Another cracker that has only been around for 10yrs or so, a tulip called Green Star and what a cracker! I love the way the green shoots up in lines into the whiteness. Another form I shall be getting again next year!

This specie tulip has to be one of the most slender and pointed out of all the tulips, this form is called clusiana ‘Shelia’ hoping this will come again regularly for me in the pots.

Lastly we have the most cute little primula you will ever see, again a new addition to the garden from my order from Barnhaven primroses, primula farinosa or the birds eye primula. it is an Alpine and will be going into a new alpine tub I am hoping to be building soon!

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 https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com

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

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the Japanese fern. I think we had one at one time but it seems to have disappeared! 🤔

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you, it is a little delight isn’t, more excuse to buy more 😂

  2. chicu says:

    adorable little primula. great to see all the foliage ‘specials’ you have going on!

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you, I am hoping to add a few more over the next few weeks

  3. Agree your slender Tulipa clusiana ‘Sheila’ is a beauty. Love your little alpine primula too.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😊

  4. fredgardener says:

    2 of your tulips are beautiful ! Shelia ( or Sheila) and Green star.. superb !

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Fred

  5. Lovely 6; especially the tulips green star. That is glorious!

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Sophie, it’s on the list for next year as well now 😀

  6. John Kingdon says:

    Green Star goes on the bankruptcy list. And Barnhaven may just be getting a larger order from me next year. But that will be next year. I’m at the twice weekly mowing stage already. Serves me right for feeding the grass. I’m trying the boost-the-grass approach to eradicating lawn weeds this year.

    1. thomashort says:

      Sorry John ☹️ 😂 yes I am the same, there was so many I wanted but behaved a bit well the budget went out the window tbh, oh dear ☹️☹️☹️ I hate lawn mowing, mowing like that would drive me crazy I think, hope that works, I go for enjoying the daisies and other things at the lawn at home now, but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea

  7. Oh I like that Primula! Must look it up.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s a little delight isn’t 😀

  8. Lots of new plants to envy in your post, but the primula is truly lovely. Have ordered auriculas from Barnhaven before and next year think it will be alpine primulas too.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you, they have a cracking range of primulas don’t they, I think I got 3 alpines from them, waiting for the others to flower 😀

  9. tonytomeo says:

    That Japanese painted fern looks like tarnished old silverware! That ‘Espresso’ geranium . . . not sold on. Does it stay that dark or fade back to green?

    1. thomashort says:

      It is one of my favourite ferns but there’s so many great ferns to grow, it stays purple all summer, does lighten a bit but is great in the shady spot

      1. tonytomeo says:

        Ferns do not like the chaparral climate of the Santa Clara Valley, but thrive in the redwood forest climate just a few miles away. There was a cliff about twenty feet high above Zayante Creek at the bottom of my garden that was like a tapestry of maidenhair fern! They were not dense, but they were happy!

  10. @cavershamjj says:

    Lovely Six Thomas. That green and white tulip is quite something. Love the fern, have a couple myself. Just beginning to emerge.

    1. thomashort says:

      Cheers Jon, it’s amazing isn’t. I love ferns just wish I had a bigger space to grow some more

  11. n20gardener says:

    Particularly enjoyed the infinity tulip. Can’t find the like button on your page – am I going blog page blind!!

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😊 it should be there somewhere I 🤔

  12. Lovely six Thomas! I also love the primula, and the fern, and the geranium, and the tulips, have I forgotten anything? 🙂

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😊😀😀

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