Six on Saturday – 16APR2022 – Splish Splash

Splish because after a really nice Good Friday, with sunshine and light breezes, a cold front came through late yesterday afternoon, bringing high winds, chilly temperatures and rain. Splash not because of the puddles I’ll be splishing through this morning, but because of all the splashes of colour that have popped up in multiple spots around the garden this week. Spring is here, the yard and gardens are gradually getting cleaned up and early spring bulbs are making an appearance. Here are six things in my south eastern Ontario garden this weekend; to see sixes from around the world, be sure to visit The Propagator’s site.

First up is an old urn with pansies. You’re right, these aren’t spring bulbs, but these and some others are adding a bit of colour around the side patio.

Muscari latifolium make an appearance a few weeks before other Muscari in my garden.
Scilla siberica seemed to appear almost overnight; it’s starting to make a nice carpet in a few wooded areas, replacing snowdrops that are now fading.
There’s a few patches of this Kaufmanniana tulip – Stresa – that managed to escape the hoarding chipmunks last fall. Most other tulips won’t be blooming for about a month, but these are planted in a warm micro climate against the west wall of the house.
One of my favourite spring ephemerals – Chionodoxa, or Glory of the Snow, seems to have been setting seed and spreading all over.

Finally, if it had been maybe a degree warmer, for an extra hour, yesterday afternoon, this may have been a photo of the first Narcissus to open in my garden – the mini daff ‘Tête-à-tête,’ which is French for Head to Head, which is a lovely way to describe these tiny blooms since they often have two flowers atop a stem. In the coming weeks the stalks and leaves will elongate and reach 20 – 30 cm, but I love how they’re eager to open even when just out of the ground. Have a lovely weekend everyone!


  1. Kaufmanniana tulip was one of the few that I suspect might be reliably perennial here. Do you find it to be so? It supposedly does not require much chill. I have been ignoring it though just because I am none too keen on the color combination.

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      1. You do not expect them to be perennial? Gee, that is part of why I considered trying them. Some of the modern hybrids ‘survive’ here, but do not bloom. They just generate their weird foliage without flowers. They somehow get really deep into the soil, so that I can not get rid of them after a few years of not blooming.

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  2. The pretty spring flowers have now arrived at your home. I do like the detail of your muscaris and as you say, a few more degrees would be appreciated, but it won’t be long. Have a great Easter weekend Chris

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  3. I truly love tulips, and these are fine specimens. I smiled at your pansies. They’re a typical winter bedding plant around here, and it won’t be long until they’re replaced with something better able to handle the heat!

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    1. The pansies are such a cool weather flower they only look good for a few weeks in spring here. But we’re all so desperate for colour we merrily buy them to put in planters and urns before pelagoriums etc can go out!

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  4. Those little daffodils are wondervul aren’t they! They offer colour so early on and then flower for ages. Good to see your Spring is finally warming up a little. It will all take off now with the rain to help. Enjoy!

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