Six on Saturday – 20 April 2019

Goodness! I know I missed one Six on Saturday but didn’t realise my last SoS was on 23 March. Lots has moved on since then, everything is growing, including weeds and the warm weather we are having this Easter weekend will provide a big shot in the arm, not only to the plants but me too.

This week I’m going to show off my patio plants. The daffodils are over and have been replaced with some fabulous tulips.

1. Left hand side of the patio doors

When I moved here a year ago today, I brought most of my pots with me and positioned them with the light, cool, colours on one side and hot colours on the other. This I continued through the summer and winter. Seems like it will stay like that for the time being. I might mix it up when it comes to summer planting.

2. Tulip ‘Purissima

The ‘Purissima’ have stood tall and proud, even on windy days, it’s almost as though they have steel rods in their stems. Even when almost over, the middle of tulips is always worth a photograph.

3. Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’

As the ‘Purissima’ are starting to die down, the ‘Queen of the Night’ tulips are coming through. It was my intention to have them both flowering at the same time, thinking the contrast of dark purple and white would look really striking but I didn’t get timing quite right.

4. Right hand side of the patio doors

This side of the patio has the hot colours and gets more of a battering from the wind, also it is more frost prone. However, the plants have survived and although, looking at the photo now, the pansies should be with the white and purple display, they still look ok. This display consists of 3 containers of different height.

5. Tulip ‘Sun Lover’ and Tulip ‘Slawa’

‘Sun Lover’ and ‘Slawa’ are new tulips for me. I suppose if you are a tulip purist you might not like ‘Sun Lover’ but this variety is a blaze of colour and looks even better when it’s on its way out. I underplanted them with orange pansies giving a really hot display. The second tulip is ‘Slawa’ which I had to hunt for, is a deep burgundy with an orange tip. I love this tulip and will certainly grow lots more next year.

6. Tulip ‘Rococo’

When I moved here I bought ‘Rococo’ along with me, they flowered prolifically. Although not deliberate I left them in the planter. I wasn’t sure if they would appear again, but this beautiful dark red parrot tulip is struggling masterfully to flower again. Only 5 have appeared and they do look a little fragile but they will flower and I look forward to showing them off on a Six on Saturday in a few weeks.

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Such is Gardening Life

In April 2017, having always promised myself a tree peony, I bought a small plant with one bud which developed into beautiful large pink flower.

I potted it up when I moved last April and even though I carefully boxed it for the removal men the single bud was broken off so I didn’t have a flower in 2018. Imagine my joy to see 2 buds appear this year.

Those of you who follow me on social media will know I posted a photo of one of my tree peony buds which had been eaten by a critter of some sort.

With all the gardeners on social media I asked if someone could advise what it might be and what to do.

Several suggestions came back including thrips, eelworm and hoplia beetle (also known as rose chafer bug), all of which didn’t exactly match the condition of the plant.

A friend suggested as I was a RHS member I should contact them, which I did last night. First thing this morning I received the following:

With a little voice in my head saying “Just leave it”, much against my better judgement I removed the bud – sadly leaving only one remaining peony bud.

I carefully dissected it, expecting to see something nasty inside. NADA, RIEN, ZILTCH, NOTHING!

Whatever had eaten the bud didn’t even get through to the middle. There were no tiny wriggly worms, no eggs, no bugs or any sign of insect life. Just a beautiful tree peony bud ready to burst forth.

So I am none the wiser and left with only one bud on my tree peony! Such is gardening life.