Six on Saturday: sultry purples

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As I write, it is snowing heavily.  I rushed out before breakfast to capture these photos, and the light levels were low, so I have ended up with some rather sultry shots.

First, there are the hyacinths.  They are a little bit weather-beaten.  They have been in the ground for a few years, so are skinnier than the first-year bulbs.  I quite like this: you appreciate the individual flowerlets.  They are a bit more dignified and lived-in; sculptural, if you like.

That second image has a shoot of Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ elbowing its way in.  When the flower-bud opens, I love the electric mauve of the wallflower with this lilac-blue hyacinth.  The blue-green foliage of the wallflower works well too.  Like all the best planting combinations, this was by accident rather than design.

Next, let’s have some narcissi to brighten things up.  These are: ‘Jetfire’ just taking off, with its wings turned back; a ‘Jetfire’ in bud, currently grounded with Scilla sibirica, and ‘Tete a tete’, looking contemplative.  The scilla are incredible, but I seem unable to capture their brilliance in a photo.  They glow electric-blue down my front path.  They are easily the most dramatic flower in the garden right now, though they are the tiniest.

Back to the sultry ones, here are some hellebores.  I thought I would focus on the dark veining of unopened buds.  I love the plum tinge of the foliage too.

And I am quite pleased with this photo of Helleborus foetidus (stinking hellebore):

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Again, I love the plum staining at the edge of the ‘petal’, and the perfect cup-shape they make.  They are such an unassuming flower, and quite unfairly named.

My real excitement this morning was the first tulip bud.  And I keep meaning to include the cherry-red shoots of Euphorbia sikkimensis, so here they are, alongside:

And finally, Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’, which hasn’t hit its stride yet, and looks decidedly hairy, and also rather purplish around the stems.  But we all take time to buff up in spring.  This is another electric blue, and can you see that the petals have just a hint of shimmery sparkle?

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So that is my ‘Six on Saturday’, hosted by The Propagator.  If you click on that link you will get to see what’s happening in other garden bloggers’ lives this Saturday morning.

Please do leave comments below – I love to hear from you.

50 Comments Add yours

  1. Gorgeous colours! What a lovely snapshot of spring. Pulmonaria and hellebores are two of my absolute favourites! Hope the snow doesn’t cause too much damage in your garden.

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Lis! I think everything will be fine, just a bit shivery.

      1. Well, I hope spring isn’t following too far behind and you can enjoy those beauties in some warm sunshine!

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Lovely shots Ali, and that helleborus foetidus is really special. If you happen to look at my six, you’ll see why I am not in a position to grow hellebores!

    1. Ali says:

      Intrigued! You are waiting patiently in my reader; am about to sit down with my cappuccino and indulge!

  3. Photos look great, would never know the light was poor. Some beautiful images of spring!

  4. Beautiful photos and plants, Ali. I love your style and eye or detail.

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Tim! 🤓

  5. So envious that you’re experiencing spring already, but thanks for providing my fix. The colors are gorgeous, especially the vibrant blues and the deep purples.

    1. Ali says:

      We seem to be going back and forth between winter and spring at the moment!

  6. Evelyn Flint says:

    Beautiful flower photos – it’s snowing here too this morning, not heavily but steadily…. !

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Evelyn. Us too; I think we may get more this evening.

  7. annpappas says:

    Beautiful colours 🙂

  8. chicu says:

    I love your photos and your attention to detail! Such a beautiful six

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Chicu!

  9. fredgardener says:

    What beautiful pictures ! I see you have tested the macro lens. 👍🏻😍 a special Like to the pulmonaria…

    1. Ali says:

      Actually they were withthe old SLR. I really struggled with the iPhone macro lens as it kept falling off! I am looking for recommendations for the perfect macro lens for an SLR camera for close-up flower photos, if you have any?

      1. fredgardener says:

        I don’t have, sorry … My Nikon camera is an old one and changing this camera is a project. I discovered a new passion (ability?) to take beautiful pictures and all of you seem to like them all, so it will be a next purchase …

  10. Can these little lovelies withstand the snowfall? Its sad to think of all the lovely purpleness buried because they bloomed to soon, or the snow comes so late.

    1. Ali says:

      They should be fine, Angela. They might look like delicate little flowers, but they are tough as old boots. A bit like me.

  11. Nice photo’s. My photo’s would have been a little bit more closer this week but it is absolutely freezing. A quick point and shoot and press today

    1. Ali says:

      I know what you mean! My fingers were going numb by the time I had finished!

  12. bcparkison says:

    Blue in the garden just adds sparkle.

  13. Horti Hugh says:

    Enjoyed this. Lovely photos and write up, and yes, some buds on Tulips here too

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Hugh!

  14. Paddy says:

    Purple’s definitely one of the best flower colours out there 🙂 I love the hellebores in particular.

    1. Ali says:

      Yes, I have a lot of purple!

  15. cavershamjj says:

    That’s a great Six! Lovely photos. I have plenty of tulip leaves but no buds. Yet…

    1. Ali says:

      It is lovely to see them, isn’t it?

  16. Hadn’t noticed that pulmonary are slightly sparkly but can see it now – lovely photographs Ali and I like the layout of three in a row – very creative.

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you! I try!

  17. Chloris says:

    Well done on beating the weather and catching some real beauties before they got buried. I was going to do my monthly 10 Favourite Flowers post today but the snow beat me to it. I knew it was coming, but I didn’t quite believe it as yesterday was so glorious.

    1. Ali says:

      I know, the difference is huge, isn’t it? Hopefully Monday will be back to spring. Get with the programme, March!

  18. Beautiful photos and I just love your Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’. I also have a little red Euphorbia though not sure it is the same one.

    1. Ali says:

      It could be Euphorbia grifithii ‘Fireglow’? One of my faves!

      1. I will post a pic of it next week and see what the hive mind says!

  19. Kath says:

    Lovely helabores and so enjoyed your blog.

    1. Ali says:

      Thanks Kath, that is lovely to hear!

  20. Lora Hughes says:

    Stinky hellebore is really lovely. Didn’t realise they had that tint at the edge of the petals. Great photo.

    1. Ali says:

      Thanks Lora! [preening!]

  21. rusty duck says:

    Getting up early paid off. I hope the snow wasn’t too bad. It’s travelling west tonight apparently so we may well wake up to even more white stuff tomorrow. Love your hellebores, I can never get enough!

    1. Ali says:

      So far not very much for us, just a bit chilly!

  22. mrsdaffodil says:

    Lovely post – you write so well and truly have the artist’s eye.

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you! It is lovely to know others enjoy my posts.

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