Garden Diary - April 2021

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Six On Saturday
Saturday, 10 April 2021

Today has been a lethargic, lackadaisical day. Huzzahs and applause, because I attribute it to the covid-19 vaccine, my second one!, which I received yesterday afternoon. Moderna, if you are interested. So today I have been doing not much of anything, perusing this and that on the Internet. One of my "stops" was at Sweetgum and Pines, gardening in the North Carolina piedmont. His Six for Saturday includes a couple of dwarf tulips, charming narcissus, and two more to round up to six plants for Saturday. And then he mentions that: "The Propagator is the host of Six on Saturday. Head over there to see his Six for this week and find links to the blogs of other participants." So I did.

Perused The Propagator's Saturday six. Which concluded with an invitation. "If you'd like to join in just publish your post and pop a link to it in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be lush. For more details you can read the brief participant guide. Which invigorated me to the point where I picked up my camera and took to the woods.

Here are my six for Saturday, 10 April 2021.

A star magnolia, one of the pink ones. Deep color in bud, pale when fully open.
I prefer these to the lush saucer magnolias which get frosted, 2 or 3 years out of 5.

Narcissus 'Dove Wings', one of the cyclamineus cultivars with swept back petals.
The cup opens yellow, then fades to a barely cream tinted white. Does well in my woods.

Another good performer is Fritillaria thunbergii, aka F. verticillata.
See the charming little hooks on the upper leaves? If they were to grow
amid brush they'd use them like tendrils, twining to scramble up. Nice!

One of our native trillium, deep maroon sessile flowered Trillium cuneatum.
I have a nice colony because it self-seeds. It would be even nicer if the deer,
those wretched appetites on cloven hooves, didn't eat them. Milorganite helps.

A spring ephemeral with purple flushed leaves and pale lavender flowers, this is
Jeffersonia dubia, a charming Asian relative of our native twinleaf, J. diphyllea.
It doesn't like to be transplanted so I just let it scatter its seed wherever it will.

Doretta Klaber wrote a book titled Primroses and Spring. And indeed,
what could be better to close my six for Saturday than Primula polyanthus.

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