I’m going to have to start this weeks SOS (as I’m an NHS worker), reiterating the plea to follow instructions and stay at home – our safety and the safety of our emergency services depends on our co-operation. That said, I cannot imagine any gardener (being instinctive nurturers), acting in any way other than in the interests of us all. If there’s a plus side at all during these unprecedented times, we certainly can’t complain that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get our gardens in shape, but one thing is for certain – our green spaces are a welcome distraction from the outside world. My six this week are from our sunny spring garden, albeit rather cold and windy today!
My first this week is a collection of wallflowers – I blogged about these last year. Having sown them late, they simply didn’t flower and so I sought help from the RHS Twitter clinic – it was suggested that the extreme cold may also have been a factor and I was advised to leave them in the ground for flowering this year. As there were too many to leave them all in situ I dug some up and put them in pots. I then cut them back and used some of the stems for cuttings. They’re all in flower now, I’m so pleased I didn’t just discard them!
I absolutely love anemone blanda and this one is a lovely shade of blue. Low growing with a height and spread of 10cm by 15cm, it looks great at the front of the border and despite its size, it really stands out amongst the spring daffodils. Also known as the windflower, it needs well drained soil and a position in sun or partial shade.
I prefer white daffodils and this one doesn’t disappoint!
Pulmonaria seeds itself all over the garden, however this blue and pink one is quite tame (unlike a pale pink variety that is a complete thug!). I haven’t planted any myself, they’ve just appeared over the years and I welcome their pretty presence in spring..
Primulas are such a joy! With so many colours to brighten our days, this herbaceous semi-evergreen perennial is an essential plant in the spring garden and is so easy to grow. Although personally I prefer the pastels and blues, there’s a myriad to choose from.
And finally, there’s never been a better moment to acknowledge that life is better in the garden – stay safe and well all.
That’s my six for this week; I’d recommend a visit to the home of SoS for more at: https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/