Six on Saturday – blooms fit for a Royal Wedding

red Tulips May 18 2018 b small
I sat for many minutes yesterday afternoon, and could have spent many more, just gazing into the luscious velvety red of these most gorgeous Tulips.

Confession: there’s a gorgeous pink sunrise at the moment, but it appears the weather forecast was accurate and it’ll be raining within an hour or so; my Six photos today were taken yesterday or Wednesday.  Just as well, really, since for once, I’d rather be inside watching TV (Horrors!) than out in the garden, laying on my dew tarp taking early morning photos.  It’s Royal Wedding day in England – so as I type I’ve got an eye on the arrivals to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Cherry Blossom May 18 2018 small
I have only a dozen or so blossom’s on my dwarf cherry trees this year.  They’re pretty, nonetheless.  My trees are from the ‘Romance’ series of trees bred here in Canada, at the University of Saskatchewan.  I have a Romeo and a Juliet.
Narcissus recurvis May 18 2018 vintage camera small
Narcissus recurvis – the last of my daffodil varieties to bloom – has just started to open.  So dainty, so beautiful.  Also called Narcissus poeticus, or the Poet’s Narcissus.  Wikipedia, quoting many sources, says: “Linnaeus, who gave the flower its name, quite possibly did so because he believed it was the one that inspired the tale of Narcissus, handed down by poets since ancient times.”
Serviceberry and Rock May 16 2018 small
This Serviceberry, Amelanchier canadensis, now in full bloom behind The Rock (which I wrote about earlier this week). It’s the best year ever for my Serviceberries.  Pollinators are very happy!
Bleeding Heart May 16 2018 small
Bleeding Hearts do not do that well in my soil.  Too dry, perhaps.  Or too much limestone affecting the Ph.  Nonetheless, this one has hung on since I brought it here about five years ago.  It’s not called a Dicentra any more, but rather Lamprocapnos spectabilis.  It’s the sole species within the genus!
Shileau and F. persica May 16 2018
And finally, looking regal, here’s Shileau admiring the dark purple bells of Fritillaria persica.

That’s it for this rainy Royal Wedding day;  I wish everyone a splendid long Victoria Day weekend, with thanks to The Propagator for starting this lovely garden post theme.



  1. Your fritillaria are absolutely gorgeous! I have tried F. persica several times but always get sickly looking stems with aborted flowers. The bulbs disappear completely after a couple of years.


  2. A dew tarp. What a fabulous idea. Although so many of my plants are so close together there would be no room for a tarp. I usually just squat but it’s not nearly as effective as getting on ones back. I love the dicentra photo. I’m going to keep calling it that because I am pretty hopeless with the true names and that’s one I seem to remember.


  3. I’m drawn to deep, dark flowers, and your Fritallaris don’t disappoint. Wondering how they would do in our very damp Pacific Northwest. I’ll have to research!


  4. Oh, Harry and Meghan are Prince Harry and Meghan whom he is marrying. Others have mentioned it, and I was wondering who they were. He is Princess Dianna’s younger son. He was a cute kid.
    Are saskatoons native in your region?


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