After a week of cold winds and low temperature (a return to Winter really), Spring is back with us today, and the warm weather is hastening plants into bud, leaf and flower. Without further ado, here are this week’s six.
One: Iris hollandia (above) is relishing the warm days and its cerulean petals echo the colour of the sky: a colour that has been with us for weeks as we rarely have any clouds that look like they might furnish us with a few drops of rain.
Two: Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’ didn’t multiply as much as I hoped she would this year, but these pure white flowers with their black eyelashes give a great deal of pleasure.
They lie down at night, but in the early morning sunlight they do their stretches like ballerinas at the barre, and then….
….open their arms to the sun: bras en couronne.
Three: Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Heart’s Delight’ is just coming into her stride, most likely at the plié stage. Another charming species Tulip, I wrote about her in more detail here.
Four: The Rosemary hedge, besieged by bees, is well in flower.
Five: Narcissus ‘Butterfly Pickup’ is a winsome addition to the border.
Six: I can’t resist this Bellis perennis flower with its anemone-like petals. What sweet plants they are . I’ll be happy if they multiply in the garden.
As ever, I’m joining in with the Six on Saturday meme hosted by Jon the Propagator. To see other gardens, follow this link.
We have some rain forecast in the next week. I don’t think it will be much, but even a small amount is gratefully accepted.
Weather today: Brilliantly sunny, 2.5 – 25 degrees C
An addendum: Why do some Narcissi have very short stems? Some of mine are only a couple of centimetres above ground level. Is this because of lack of water? Perhaps one of the other Sixers has the answer.