Six on Saturday – Morning, Noon and Night

I was tempted to title this post Coronation Morning since as I sit here writing I can see King Charles, on the TV of course, being brought to his coronation in the pretty magnificent Diamond Jubilee State Coach. Seems to be raining in London but happily, we here in my part of Canada are in for a glorious sunny spring weekend. The moon is setting, the sun is rising, the King is entering Westminster Abbey and it’s time for six things in my garden – a meme hosted by Jim over in England – perhaps he’s also watching the telly…

I’ll get right to the daffodils – they’re still blooming in abundance with new varieties/species still to open. Although it rained most of the week, yesterday the sun finally emerged and I popped outside at various times of the day to take some shots of this one – bought last fall and labelled N. Thalia – I’m not too sure about that though. Thalia, I thought, should be pure white, and these have more than a titch of yellow in the petals…here they are, with photos taken in the morning, around lunch time and in the early evening:

Just starting to bloom are the mid and late season tulips. I especially love these deep red ones which have appeared for four or five years now, and am suitable shocked by the new, bright orange ones, planted at quite a distance from the red, thank goodness!

Spring ephemerals bloom in abundance here in the wooded sides of the property. There’s a colony of trout lily that runs about 500 feet (150 metres) alongside the driveway. The yellow species mostly (Erythronium americanum), but with a good bunch of E. albidum, the white ones, as well. As you can see, they don’t like to open when it’s cloudy or rainy or somewhat chilly.

Foliage of emerging plants, as well as flower buds, are just as beautiful as open blooms. These are my favourite this weeks:

Allium karataviense – fat mottled leaves, a fat flower bud just showing.
Flower bud clusters of Sambucus canadensis.
New leaves of Goldflame Spirea – such a gorgeous red.

That’s it for me. The king is still in the church (beautiful music at this coronation, by the way, especially the great Welsh singer, Sir Bryn Terfel and, at this moment, the Alleluia composed by Debbie Wiseman.) Have a FABulous weekend everyone!


  1. Your Sambucus is well ahead of mine, which is leafing out nicely, but no sign of blossoms yet.this is its second year in my yard. I see a misplaced tulip that used to be up by the house is thinking about blooming now that the others are finished.

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  2. Two things caught my attention. Thalia also is the genus of my favorite water canna — its flowers are a beautiful, powdery purple.

    As for Sambucus canadensis,, my first thought was “Sambuca!” It’s an ouzo-like apertif. Sure enough: “The name comes from the Latin word sambucus, meaning ‘elderberry.’ The word sambuca was first used as the name of another elderberry liquor that was created in Civitavecchia around 1850 by Luigi Manzi.”

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  3. I’ve added a few Erythroniums to the garden each year for a while but they aren’t cheap and I will never get close to a run of 150m. I’d love to see a picture of them when they’re fully open.

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