Six on Saturday – 18/05/2019

I’m a bit late – these photos were taken last Saturday (with a few on Sunday), not today. After taking photos in the garden early last Saturday morning, I went on a road trip to a nearby Provincial Park, and didn’t get back in time to post. (I have since posted about the park though, and, if you like, you can read about it here.)

In May, being late posting photos of a garden can get you in trouble. So many more things have come into bloom in the past six days and I’m about to start hardening off a bunch of things started indoors – I’ll be playing catch-up for a while I think!

In any event, here are Six delights from my garden – to see more (likely more current) Sixes from around the world, please head over to The Propagator’s site.

1 – There are many clumps of Leucojum scattered about the garden, with many flower buds coming up, but for some reason this one flower has opened way ahead of all the rest.
2 – What I call the Hyacinth corner. The most fragrant part of the yard, by far, for a few weeks in May. I already have 25 more bulbs on order for planting in the fall.
3 – Ranunculus – really expensive and small roots – or corms, I believe they call them – have resulted in some sprouts. Looking forward to a few blooms as well!
4 – Speaking of shoots, my snap peas have sprouted and are now about six inches high. Looking forward to a June crop!
5 – Daffodils, Three Ways. My Island bed is crowded with daffs – four or five varieties now. Unlike some other bulbs (hello Crocus, hello Fritillaria…) they seem to love the clay soil here. In the foreground is N. Quail – it has several small blooms at the top of a 25 – 30 cm stalk and it has the most delicious fragrance.
6 – Finally, my new Devil’s Walking Stick (Aralia spinosa) has survived the winter and new leaves have sprouted. I’m kinda thrilled to finally have a clump in my yard. See the thorns? Rabbits won’t touch it!!!!!!! Plus, although I have not seen it, this clumping, suckering small tree/large shrub has flowers that bees love and berries that birds love.


    1. Sad indeed! The large ones are fading away as well. Luckily there’s loads of smaller flowered daffs, ie Quail (so fragrant) still going strong, plus the late N. Actea for another week or so.


  1. Aralia sounds interesting. There is only one native aralia here. I am not impressed with it, but most other horticulturists really dig it, as if it is something fancy. I suppose I should get more familiar with it.
    Leucojum is what I like to show off when everyone else is showing of their snowdrops. I don’t know where mind came from. They just showed up.


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