There seems to be fair bit of stuff that is perhaps a bit too far on, at risk of getting frosted, vulnerable to slugs. Then there are last year’s leftovers, things like Salvia and Plectranthus, that got singed by frost but are still hanging on. Difficult to know what to try and protect, what to leave to its fate. Been doing a bit of tidying up but not much else. In the sense that there are early signs of growth all over the garden you could say there’s quite a bit happening, which is a good thing, but it’s all the same thing. It’s hard this time of year to get a different angle.
The next of my hoop petticoat daffodils is flowering. This one is Narcissus bulbocodium conspicuus. Deep yellow and with buds still coming up looks set to go on for a while.
My Amaryllis belladonna clump produced just one flower spike in 2019, having excelled itself in 2018. Perhaps it exhausted itself. The foliage is pretty lush now, around 9 inches tall, so I’m hoping it’s a sign of good things to come. I should probably try to avoid shading where they’re growing, even after the foliage dies down, I think they like some summer sun.
Maianthemum flexuosum BSWJ9150. I last included this in June 2018, flowering when you would expect it to flower. There were two slightly different plants in the pot when I got it, I’m not sure which of them this is. I was planning to try and separate them this winter but with it nearly in flower I’m reluctant to did it up. I can’t see it surviving a significant frost, it comes from Guatamala.
I’m finding myself having to go round checking on the bulbs I have all over the place, looking for the ones that are hidden under vegetation that grew over them after they died down last summer. The Osteospermum here has a clump of Muscari under it, seemingly label-less but not the usual one. The Geranium palmatum is encroaching on a clump of Maianthemum racemosum and somewhere under it is a good form of Erythronium which I couldn’t find. I’m sure that did have a label. The secateurs have been deployed.
With the sun low in the sky the back garden is mostly in the shade of the house in mid winter. When it does shine, the front still gets a bit though and this group of Agave montana, Agave parryi and Coprosma were looking good yesterday morning. I think the Coprosma is ‘Pacific Sunset’ but I’m happy to be corrected. (Or to have it confirmed)
A slightly jittery midwinter video. Could be the autofocus, or image stabilistation, or my shaky hands. I need to read the instructions. Just birds and traffic on the soundtrack.
The wind is picking up, it doesn’t sound like the sort of day I’m going to want to be outside. I could work on my video technique, or do some DIY.
Or I could pop across to The Propagator and follow the links to the rest of the far flung Six on Saturday world.
Even all three, suitably prioritised.