I just listened to Sandy Denny’s ‘Late November’; first time in years. Getting nostalgic. How can she have been gone over 40 years?
It’s cold and wet and drear and dreich and I’ve got a cold. Must be winter. I haven’t been out much lately, it never seems to stop raining and there’s not a lot that can or needs be done out there. I put a couple of hours in up my allotment yesterday but the ground is saturated and I prefer to stay off it. It stayed dry long enough yesterday to find a few things for this, but two items are pictured from indoors and one is in the greenhouse.
From the weather forecast, most of the country will have woken to a clear, frosty morning, whereas here it is cloudy, breezy and spitting with rain. It’s meant to move away during the day and it looks like the next few nights will be around zero so I need to have a quick look round to make sure I’ve not overlooked anything that needs moving in.
Camellias ‘Navajo’ and ‘Paradise Little Liane’. It’s five weeks since I did ‘Navajo’ so given the dearth of subject matter, it’s getting another outing. Outside my front window, the first thing I see when I roll up the blind every morning.
Bomarea edulis. In the glasshouse now, having spent the summer outside in its pot. This will die down completely sometime soon but after it flowered it produced quite a few seed pods which have just started to split open. Do I need any more of them? No. Will I be able to resist sowing some seeds? Not a chance. I did pictures of the flowers in September last year here. I plan to plant it out permanently next year, just need the perfect spot.
Cyclamen coum. These flower mainly between late December and March, this one has jumped the gun somewhat. There were seedlings around them last year so I could do with cutting a few things back and doing some careful weeding.
Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’. I think my top three for flower power would be this, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Salvia ‘Amistad’. A proper frost would have finished it off but we’ve not had one so my two potted plants of it are still going. I would love an Alstroemeria that flowers as well as this but in pink or yellow. Anybody know of one? It’s related to the Bomarea but doesn’t set seed, which is probably why it keeps on flowering.
Every tuberous rooted Begonia I’ve lifted so far has been infested with vine weevil grubs. I think the safest course is going to be dumping them and getting new ones next year. I left these on the surface of the pot and a robin lunched on them.
End of the month. Four or five years ago when I first got into this blogging malarkey one of the memes I latched onto was “End of month view”, hosted by Helen ‘The Patient Gardener’ (Hi Helen). It was what got me into taking the same three or four views every month. Noting that it was the last day of November I went back four years and found one of them. Here it is with this year’s version. I tagged the main things that have gone, I’m a bit ruthless. I found a picture from 2005 today, now that is scary, a panorama of ghosts.
1 Magnolia ‘Heaven Scent’
2 Chionochloa rubra
4 Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Little Spire’
5 Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’
6 Fargesia nitida ‘Simba’
7 Pinus pumila ‘Saentis’
8 Pinus koraiensis ‘Silver Ray’
9 Quecus robur (next door)
I have no plans to remove anything big next year, except my polytunnel, but there won’t have been any long term planning behind any of the removals in the picture either. I just find I am dissatisfied with something and it shouts louder and louder until I do something about it. I can honestly say that far from having any regrets about getting rid of the things I have, I’m glad I did and glad I have been able to do so.
Right, lets off to The Propagator, see what the rest of the world is up to.