I can see the garden growing. From my walk around this morning, to my lunchtime stroll, to my end of the working day perusal, shoots have stretched out as far as they can. They are doing sun salutations in the borders.
Let’s start with a peony. For the first time this year, I am growing intersectional peonies. These are a hybrid between the lush herbaceous peonies and the lanky tree peonies. The intersectionals retain the tropical colours of the tree peonies, and the precision laser-cut foliage. Oh, just look at the silky feathers!
For the yogis out there, I think this peony is crossing its elbows and knees for ‘Eagle’ pose.
Look at Alchemilla mollis! No water-droplets! Because it is SUNNY!! Instead we can see its downy fluff, as it emerges from the nest.
Still on foliage, the David Austin English rose, ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’. She is possibly the most handsome rose of all time. Imagine her with pinky peachy blooms!
But my favourite rose foliage is Rosa rugosa. If you ever need a shot of green, Rosa rugosa is here for a bit of vim.
Have wrinkles ever been so alluring?
As we transition into some flowers, let’s just enjoy the Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae. I find her irresistible. Here she is in the sun, breathing in, and then in the shade, breathing out.
Whilst I was there, I saw my first brimstone butterfly – lime green on the outside of the wings and brightest yellow on the inside. I kept seeing it bouncing around the flowerbeds. It didn’t sit still for a photo. It inspired me to leap a wild leap across the flowerbed.
Now, I can’t keep the tulips from you any longer. These are my first ones. Do you want to get in close, to admire the brushwork?
Embarrassingly, I can’t quite identify which tulip this is. I know I have planted ‘Jazz’ and ‘Nightclub’ and ‘Passionale’ in this bed (bit of a party theme going on there), but this doesn’t quite match my memory of any of them. ‘Jazz’ is lily-flowered, ‘Nightclub’ is multi-headed, and ‘Passionale’ is plump. Maybe this one has been de-toxing. I will try to feed her up.
If you read my last week’s Six on Saturday: Patience!, this is the tulip ‘Exotic Emperor’ that wasn’t quite out.
And whilst we’re on tulips, why not have another mystery? We’ll just have to call him ‘cream tulip’:
And as the sunshine seems to have stolen my wits, I will remain vague with this ‘double daff’.
Are you ready for the aubrieta?
And, appropriately for this post, the forget-me-nots:
Can you feel the sun on your back?
Now, look very closely at this next one. Can you see the grumpy little man’s face above the three flowers? (You might have to zoom in). He looks like he’s wearing seventies’ bell-sleeves and a skirt, which is perhaps why he is non-plussed.
This will be my last picture of Muscari (grape hyacinth) I promise. But whilst we’re on a seventies theme:
And its cousin, the hyacinth ‘Spring Field’.
When I last featured Hyacinth ‘Jan Bos’ (here) he was looking a bit jaundiced. He’s feeling much better now he’s sat in the sun:
As is Ruby, who is chewing a stick:
So let’s end in a position that’s comfortable for you, feeling your roots in the earth, centering your spine, the top of your head reaching towards the sun. Now doesn’t that feel good?
Did you manage to enjoy the sunshine today? Can you feel yourself uncurling and stretching out?