It’s absolutely sluicing it down just now, as it has been for several hours. The wind has dropped a bit though. Good thing I did my pictures yesterday when it was only drizzling.
Camellia yunnanensis. I went down to Trelissick on Thursday to a meeting about a study day on Camellias that I’m going to be involved with next year. A couple of sprays of this camellia were lying on the table for me to take away and attempt to identify. It’s been flowering for a month, so very early. I tipped the flower on its side to photograph it, it would have been facing down. There were a couple of sprays from a different bush too, very similar but spring flowering. It had fruits on it and I collected and sowed five seeds, as well as taking cuttings of both. I’m fairly sure both are C. yunnanensis.
Chilli sauce. Jalapeno, Orange Habanero and Apache chillies. As rare as the above camellia is my presence in the kitchen for two hours plus. It’s not as hot as last year’s, which is a good thing, I might stand a chance of getting through it before next years crop. Sue’s planning to make chilli jam with the rest.
Senecio crassissimus. This got planted up in a big pot with Sempervivums round its feet and put out the front of the house for the summer. It really needs bringing back in but it has been very happy outdoors for several months.
Fuchsia ‘Lechlade Debutante’. I can’t quite believe I’ve never put this Fuchsia in a six. It’s another species cross that flowers very late but it’s a beautiful variety and a firm favourite. I think I may say that about most of them.
Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’. I seem to recall buying this about five or six years ago and not having anywhere to put it. It stayed in its pot, deteriorating, for a year or so then was planted in next doors front garden when Des was still alive. It took a year or two to start to grow properly and when Des went I dug it up and put it back in a pot. I know where I want to put it but there’s a polytunnel in the way. It’s not flowering like you see in pictures online, but it will, when it gets a home to live in.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Ferne Osten’. Every year this grass comes up and looks great then around the time it starts to flower, flops all over the place. At that point I resolve to get rid of it and replace it with something sturdier, then it does this. Even half collapsed it looks better than 75% of the rest of the garden. Perhaps I could swap it with something, get it somewhere sunnier and dryer.
I can’t see much gardening happening today. This mornings sorted, there’s a rugby match to watch. Perhaps it’ll brighten up later, ha ha. One of our cats has just come in looking like a drowned rat, looking for a lap to dry out on. Fat chance.
Virtual gardening today then, peering through other peoples rain spattered windows into their sodden, battered gardens. The links are where they always are in The Propagators comments section.