In the week that has 1 April in it: April Fool's Day. the weather had a joke on us giving us the warmest March day for 53 years. These few days of warm temperatures was most welcome, but we are ending the SOS week with cool night temperatures. Early butterflies were spotted flying around the garden: male Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell.
Jon the founder of Six on Saturday has sufficient superb daffs to make his post this week solely about them. I shall be enjoying them and other posts about plants this week in fellow bloggers gardens, and probably adding plants to my list.
Here are my six for this week:
1. The unseasonably warm weather, and bright sunshine, and then cold nights, has meant moving plants into the garden and then back into the conservatory at night. Do you remember the big pot of Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' which was frosted and which I had to pull up? New shoots emerged shortly after that, and now forming flower buds.
2. The Sun had got too hot for Primula auricula 'Nessun Dorma' and the diva had to go and rest in the shade along the alley.
Some of the early spring beauties such as the early flowering corydalis have had their moment, and now I am waiting for the species tulips in the front garden to flower for the first time. Tulip turkestanica having almost done its thing...
3. Dicentra cucullaria in its fourth year is now spread across two pans. Has anyone grown this successfully in the garden? Ought I to try them in a shady patch or will they be devoured by the molluscs?
4. Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem' growing in a pot is one of the shrubs that always delights me in the spring. I move the pot around either to light up a dark corner or to be grouped with other plants to form an interesting grouping. I just love the colour, form and leaf shape.