First thing in the morning our garden is entirely in shade, one of the reasons I usually take the pictures for my SoS on Friday. I was elsewhere, it didn’t happen, so my pictures were taken in shade after a wet and windy night. There’s worse to come tomorrow and Monday, much worse.
Narcissus ‘Rapture’. I bought a few daffs when Ron Scamp came to talk to our garden club. We haven’t had much joy in getting daffs to persist in our garden so this is by way of trying again. I like this one very much.
Entirely reliable, and a prolific self sower as well, is Pachyphragma macrophyllum. A good workhorse plant for dry shade, it has masses of bright white flowers in spring and a lush carpet of round leaves most of the rest of the year. Equally reliable is my inability to remember its name, I have to look it up every time without fail.
I just came past my Euphorbia mellifera and noticed it was starting to flower. The scent is pleasant but the flowers are pretty dull, it’s for the foliage that it keeps its place, that and the fact that nothing else would grow where it is currently thriving. It gets cut down about every other year.
It’s very much the season for heightened vigilance. All those juicy emerging shoots that the slugs have been eagerly awaiting for months. I have a clump of Foxgloves which I’m hoping are white ones but I see Erythroniums trying to fight their way through the huge leaves. Think foxgloves, think Travelodge for slugs. Eviction time methinks.
Another unexpected flower was this spike on my Epimedium pinnatum colchicum. It was looking lovely in the half light yesterday evening, this morning it is wet, battered and hanging its head. There’ll be more. I hadn’t got around to cutting off the old foliage, which is still looking good, bit late now with lots of new leaves and flowers emerging.
Another spring classic to finish on, Honesty. This is ‘Corsican Blue’ which is supposed to be a short lived perennial. Not for me it isn’t, but it seeds around and provided I don’t allow its coarse leaf rosettes to smother smaller and better plants I’m happy to let it get on with it.
I didn’t put any Camellias in because I’d blogged about them earlier in the week; they’re the real stars of the garden at the moment. I’m quite pleased I was able to find six other things though. I have a long list of things to do in the garden today and the forecast for tomorrow is terrible, so I need to crack on. Just have a bit of pre-painting crack filling to do first; grrr, grumble.
Mr Prop, or Jetsetter Jon, has the links to the rest of us sixers, I’m guessing the main message will be that spring is in the air, perhaps even in the step.