Here are my six for this week:
1. Corydalis Beth Evans in full flower, overshadowing the little white Corydalis Malkensis on the other side of the pot. Both foliage and flowers are quite lovely, and it has only taken a short time for all the growth to emerge from dormant tubers. The corydalis, with shrub are only temporarily growing in this pot, awaiting their permanent planting in the new garden.
Close up view of the flowers:
2. Japanese Umbrella Pine Sciadopitys verticillata, which is still in a pot. Since I acquired it after a lecture, it has been potted up twice. I have been considering what to do with it next. Being able to move it around the garden and 'staging' it with other plants has been a great plus point. I am just wondering also whether to cut out the main upward leader and have its side branches splay out.
3. These red polyanthus I believe are 'heritage' ones and a very small plant was chosen for me a few years back by my little grand daughter when we were visiting The Vine. Whenever this flowers I am reminded of this. Each year I split it up, and now have a bright accent in early spring.
4. Another plant that I have kept going and increased is this chance pink primrose seedling that I found growing on my friend's farm several decades ago. It is so healthy and has been split on so many occasions and is a lovely one to share with friends.
5. In the newly formed border by the conservatory, Salix Mount Aso is doing its thing. I read that it is wise to trim in order to encourage new shoots. I'll wait a couple of weeks before doing this, as the pink catkins are a delight at present.
6. The tulip bulbs with their contrasting red running stitch through the blue green leaves hold promise for the coming weeks.