It’s not great for taking pictures in the garden so I brought a few things in and tried to get good pictures of them. Took a couple in the rain too.
I’ll start and finish outdoors, pretty much the order the pictures were taken. This is Camellia sasanqua ‘Navajo’, which just about had its first bloom open last saturday. That blew away, to be replaced by this one. It’s smothered in buds and is right outside the window where I can enjoy it from inside. Quite strongly fragrant too. Don’t be told that camellias all need shade, this one and its two neighbours, sasanquas all, are in full sun and the better for it.
Fuchsia ‘Cotta Christmas Tree’. This is a species cross, a hybrid of F. decussata and F. crassistipula. Like many of the species themselves, it doesn’t usually start flowering until very late in the year. We keep this in a pot and overwinter it in a frost free greenhouse.
I think our three pots of the red Scarborough lily all need knocking out and starting again. They hardly flower at all. Being evergreen it’s not clear when that should be done but I’m going for early spring, just before they start into growth. If anyone has experience with them, I’d welcome advice.
At some point last year someone posted a link to the low down on the two species of Christmas/Easter cactus. I’ve forgotten it all. People keep giving them to us, we must have about ten, mostly in flower in various colours. They’re all beautiful.
Another Fuchsia. Maybe a form of F. fulgens or a hybrid of F. fulgens and F. splendens or maybe something else entirely. I think we used to sell it as F. speciosa, but there is no such species. You go to someone’s garden and see a plant and say “Ooh, that’s nice” and get a small plant thrust into your grasping hands. It has no label but you think you should be able to work it out. It’s another that has only just started to flower.
Back out into the rain and gloom to take a quick snap of this clump of Hesperantha. This colour form seeds all over the garden and this clump has actually been looking pretty good for a couple of weeks. They’re draped across a path and I get wet legs every time I push past them but at least they’re flowering, unlike the white one with just one spike; and standing up fairly well, unlike the red one, which is completely flat to the ground.
I’m driving up to Rosemoor this morning, which I’m not altogether looking forward to, for a meeting of the Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group, which I am very much looking forward to. Don’t suppose I’ll see much of the garden there. I’m going to be offloading a car full of plants onto someone, which is another step to emptying my tunnel ahead of moving it up to my allotment.
Post and go is the order of the day, I’ll be checking all the links on The Propagator’s blog when I get back.