A week ago it seemed like the garden was poised for action, just waiting for the moment when winter shifted to spring. But someone hit the pause button and it all looks much the same. I found half a dozen things to mention, worthy or not.
Camellia of the week is one I raised from seed I collected from a plant in the National Collection of Camellias at Mount Edgcumbe. Its seed parent was a Camellia reticulata called ‘Mary Williams’, which is pretty much a wild form. Who the daddy was we will never know but my guess is that it was one of the many x williamsii forms in the park, perhaps ‘Donation’. I think what I’ll do with it is to grow it on for another year or so then give it back to the park. I call it ‘Serendipity’ but haven’t registered the name. It’s hard to gauge the size of blooms on screen, this is about 5 inches across, so quite big; it may be smaller when it’s growing in the ground.
Pterostylis curta. Australian hooded orchid. I was utterly convinced that this was a plant that had been given to me by an ex work colleague. When I went to check its label I didn’t really expect it to have one, or perhaps at best something faded to illegibility. Wrong; it seems it was a purchase from the excellent Tale Valley Nursery. In growth it gets watered copiously; once it dies down it goes for many months with none at all. Easy, except for the occasional slug chewing through a flower stem.
Tomatoes. These are ‘Sungold’. They are the only variety approved by TOH so it’s pointless me growing anything else. They were germinated on a south facing window ledge and have now been pricked off and put back in the same place.
Dahlias. I checked over the Dahlia tubers I had lifted, put into a crate and covered with old potting compost. (last years tomatoes) They seemed OK so I added a bit of compost, damped them down and put them under this bench with plastic round it to keep in the heat from the tube heater below. I’m not really wanting cuttings, just to get them going a bit quicker. Strangely, all the ones I lifted were my own seedlings, all the named ones having been left in the ground. I checked a couple of them yesterday and they seem OK, though obviously there is no growth yet.
Water tank. I don’t know how things work elsewhere but around here some people have their mains water metered and pay for what they use while others are on a standard charge. For plant watering I have a 1500 litre tank which collects rainwater from the house roof. I had a submersible pump in it, but it just failed. I’ve had it a few years but it’s done very little work, so has been poor value. Domestic rather than pro quality sadly. I’m currently using a small pump attached to a drill but am thinking about a small borehole pump to go in the tank. I need to talk to someone knowledgeable.
The little white flower. That’s what I wrote down when I was thinking of six things for this post. I keep going past it and not looking at the label. I bought it in flower about a year ago so it has passed the first test, it’s come up again. This morning I took its picture and read its label. Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Alba’, which I should have realised, given how many blue ones I have.
So that’s another Saturday six. There will be many more linked to host The Propagator’s piece for the week, more triumphs and tribulations from around the world. I’m just going to slip in a postscript to one of the sorry frost damaged entries I posted on 10th March, it’s looking better now. Camellia ‘Adorable’.