Six on Saturday: Singing the Blues

Blue is the predominant colour in our garden right now – with a good measure of white and yellow thrown in.

For this week’s six, joining in with the garden maestro himself, The Propagator, I am ‘singing the blues’ in celebration of my favourite colour.

1. Corydalis flexuosa ‘Pere David’

This week I had a delivery of plant from my friend Fiona Dennis, formerly head gardener at Charleston, who has recently taken over a local micro nursery and renamed it Fi’s Yard. I think it is really important to support independent nurseries at this time plus she has some lovely stock. I have wanted a pretty china blue Corydalis for some time and this one is perfect for an east-facing partially shady spot.

2. Bluebells

I couldn’t very well write about the colour blue and not mention the bluebells which are coming out in force in our garden now. These are probably the thuggish hybrids rather than native woodlanders but I shall enjoy them nonetheless.

3. Green alkanet

Pentaglottis sempervirens to give it its Latin name is another thug which despite the name has pretty forget-me-not blue flowers. It grows like a weed in our garden but the bees enjoy it so I am giving it a reprieve then I will cut it down, dig out the roots and steep the leaves to make a fertiliser similar to comfrey tea

4. Forget-me-nots

When we arrived in our garden nearly four years ago one of the first things I noticed was a crumbling old urn filled with forget-me-nots. It is not quite so full this year, but I happily transported some more from the garden at Charleston by accident and now have a ‘cloud’ of forget-me-nots in the garden.

5. Purple honesty

Not strictly blue but I have wanted some of this Lunaria annua for a while and now it has happily self-seeded from our neighbours’ garden.

5. Ceanothus

In the warm Spring sunshine our Ceanothus ‘Trewithen Blue’ is about to burst into flower. I may have to show this again in the next week or so when it is in its full glory!

Enjoy your gardens this sunny Easter weekend!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Blue is my favourite colour also, in the garden and in my wardrobe!

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  2. Blue is a lovely colour in the garden. The flowers of my ceanothus in the front garden are just about to flower. I’m very tempted to get another one for the back. The Honesty is beautiful.

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  3. I dug out a ceanothus many, many years ago. It’s roots were about 10 cm in diameter and were affecting our fence. Since then I have discovered that there are many different types of ceanothus, most quite restrained in behaviour. Pretty colours and flowers.

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  4. Linda Casper says:

    I have just learnt from another SOSer that the name of the blue flowered thug in my garden is Alkanet and not you mention it too!

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  5. fredgardener says:

    Here now, the predominant colour of the trees is white or very pale pink: apple trees, pear trees, plum trees, spireas, kiwis but the flowers that we grow are actually blue or dark pink / red: Spring is great for that !
    Beautiful blue Six

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  6. A lovely colour themed Six. The Corydalis is beautiful. I only manage to grow the common yellow lutea

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  7. Noelle says:

    Some lovely blues for sure, and this sun seems to be bringing out the Ceonothus quickly.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Lunnaria already?! I have been avoiding the garden so much that I was not even aware that it is about that time. I should go out there today. Blue is an uncommon color. I mean, there are not many flowers that really are blue. We get plenty of blue when the agapanthus blooms, but that is only one species.

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  9. A lovely mix of blue. I have a lot of blue in these early spring stages with similar choices to yours and then it pretty much all goes except the borage.

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  10. I was wondering whether Alkanet could be used like comfrey. Thanks for the tip. I do hope you show the ceanothus in full bloom. It’s a favourite of mine and for some unaccountable reason I don’t have one in my garden.

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  11. Blue is predominantly the colour in my garden at the moment. My Ceonothus is a little bit behind yours. Honesty is an underrated plant IMO.


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