As The Propagator says this week: "Time for Six on Saturday – Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, a flower, a plan, a bug, seedlings, vegetables, a job completed, anything at all. Join in!"
For my first of Six, I am asking advice regarding the cultivation of perennials from seed. In this case a Thalictrum. Started in the Autumn of 2017 from fresh seed, and good germination and growing on in 2018, I have placed two patches of three plants. I was really happy to have grown Thalictrum delavayi from seed, and must have had over 25 good plants. The nice thing about growing perrenials from seed is that there are usually plenty to share. This spring growth has emerged with two or three leaves, and the plants in the last couple of weeks sent up what a small taller shoot that looks as if it will be a flower shoot. The points I would like help with are: Is this standard? Should I leave this spike or remove it to help bulk up the plants? Any further advice on ensuring some good plants in future years would be very helpful.
A little pot of dainty but triumphant Narcissi hawera flowering late in the season when all other daffs in the garden are over. Planted from new bulbs last September.
The third item this week is a view of Saxifraga 'Aureopunctata'. I've had this plant for years and years, moving a small clump each time we have moved house. The flower spike holds well too in a vase. It sulked after the move, but this spring it is looking healthy.
Last week Anna asked what I had growing in my shade border. This question prompted me to check my plant list...which is still being worked on. Plants have yet to be added...and I am growing ashamed to just how long the list is and I have such a small garden!!
Several of the plants are in the wrong place, but have been performing fairly well. My fourth item this week definitely is happier now it is on the shadier side of the garden. I had nearly lost it last year as I had planted it in the first corner of the garden to be cleared: the sunny side. I had brought it on the removal van in a long trough filled with bits and pieces from the old garden. In part shade it is making up and putting on some quality leaves. Another favourite of mine: Saxifrage stolonifera looks rich as if from the floor of a tropical forest yet it survived the very cold winter several years ago. Even in deepest winter the pretty evergreen leaves with the little plants growing on the end of the red stolons is enough to make you want to venture out to take a peep.
Saxifraga stolonifera flower closeup
The front garden is ready for a complete revamp...on one side of the drive a huge clump of Spanish Bluebells quite out of control. I thought I had dug up loads and disposed of them....but they are up non the less. Today on a cycle ride I see that the banks are showing both the native and this bolder stronger bluebell...
The last of my six this week are my two Pelargonium ardens. Despite having been kept very dry and also in a coolish but bright conservatory, they did not go 'dormant'. I have just taken out the growing point in the hope of encouraging branching. They went completely dormant during last summer but sprung back into leaf a few weeks later. Katherine the Tea Break Gardener who showed this plant last week may have suggestions of how to encourage it to flower this season.
Just joined the HPS and off to my first meeting this morning as a 'Member'...hope they are all just as friendly....for sure!