Six on Saturday – 25th April 2020

Is it really time for Six on Saturday already? Despite everything, the week flies by. Spring is well under way. I do love this time of year. It has been exceptionally warm and sunny (for the west of Ireland at least), but we won’t complain. So here is this week’s six.

1. Ragged jack kale self seeds its self freely around the garden and at this time of year the flowers are valuable food source for pollinators – usually bumblebees and hoverflies but I have also had a solitary honey bee.

2. Common carder bee – this one feeding on comfrey that is now flowering outside as well as in the greenhouse.

3. Autumn olive – the flowers smell a little of citrus and are popular with bumblebees too.

4. Crab apples. There is the one I showed last week. It is at it’s best now and the scent is heavenly. I have another crab which is the red leafed variety. The flowers are pink and not too plentiful – in fact it’s hard to see them against the leaves. The fruits are tiny. Still I like the leaf colour, as it adds contrast to the mainly green leaves of the other trees in the garden.

5. American Hawthorn is also in flower. It usually flowers a bit earlier than our native hawthorn.

6. Red campion, I grew these from native seed collected at Raheens wood and they are doing well at the base of a hedge.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 25th April 2020

  1. Heyjude

    The red crab apple is delightful. I really ought to get the red campion to seed in my Cornish hedge, there is plenty of it around here, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to land where I want it to!

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  2. susurrus

    I love the white crab apple with the red buds – that’s such a happy combination. We have a good bit of red campion round here too. Whenever I see it I always wonder how it came to be called red.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes the crab always puts on a good display. Yes the person who named red campion must have been colour blind. 😊

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