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Six on Saturday – March 10

Things are definitely looking up. It’s a beautiful sunny day, with more in the forecast. Elsewhere in the city, cherry trees are beginning to blossom and soon our neighbourhood will follow suit. Here are my six for today, and do check out The Propagator for links to more Six on Saturday posts.

1. Daffodils

I had hoped I would have daffodils to show you today, but all I’ve got is the promise of daffodils to come.

Daffodil Bud

2. Fig Trees

Gardener Dave came to help out on Thursday. He said he had just completed a course on pruning figs. We have four fig trees in the garden and I told him he was welcome to give his new skills a workout. I’m very pleased with the results, especially the branch that had to be removed entirely because it was starting to wrap itself around another branch.

3. Delphiniums

Ah, Delphiniums! There are purple ones in the garden and white ones. The purple ones are starting to return. Welcome, Delphiniums!

4. Grape Hyacinth

I have to confess, the Grape Hyacinth (Muscari azureum) is not one of my favourite spring flowers. However, these were ‘freebies’ and I planted them in a pot with other bulbs. It was a rather hectic bulb planting last fall and I can’t remember which bulbs; however, we will soon see! I’m sure some of you are in the same situation.

Grape Hyacinth

5. Helleborus ‘Spring Promise Emma’

This Hellebore accompanied us through our two moves in 2012/2013 and now seems to be happy in its (hopefully permanent) position. At some point, I lost the label, but by a stroke of luck managed to find a photograph of the label. Had this happy event not occurred, I would have told you that this Hellebore was ‘White Lady Spotted’. The first photo is from a previous year, a little later in the season, when the stems had grown tall enough to show off the spots. You can see the label in the lower right-hand corner.

6. ‘Tête-à-Tête’ Multiflowering Tulip

Like other species tulips, this is a smaller, shorter version of the flowers we typically think of as tulips. The species tulips are reliably perennial, very hardy and bloom earlier than the cultivars.

Species Tulip