I didn’t wait for Saturday to get out for some pictures this week, they were all taken yesterday. I just went out there, it was a good call. Not nice.
On Monday I’m going on a workshop being run by Plant Heritage about how to use their database system. It’s currently meaning I’m getting my horticultural fix in front of a computer, which is just as well because getting it in the garden isn’t going well at the moment. At least I’m not pinned down indoors with good weather outside.
The mild weather is bringing some things into early growth and/or flower but even without frost most of the flowers are getting trashed by wind, rain and slugs. The early show is at Rosemoor in a month’s time, I very much hope it improves by then.
I had to put a hellebore in, everyone else has. This is pretty much the only decent one I have. The double white, planted a foot away at the same time, is pathetic; a couple of leaves and no flowers.
I walked around earlier in the week, admiring the clumps of deep purple Crocus tomasinianus that I’d planted this year and last. When I looked out the upstairs window yesterday though, I could hardly see them against the dark soil. These white “ordinary” crocus stood out magnificently though. They were planted years ago and were a mixed lot; the yellows are all gone and most of what’s left is white.
The Hak. macs are all but over and will get get cut down when there’s a break in the weather. They’re already shooting so the space won’t be empty for long. ‘Albostriata’ is the clump at the front, much the best for staying power. There’s a clump of Babiana just in front of it which needs moving somewhere sunnier.
This week’s Camellia is ‘Adorable’. It was raised by the same breeder as last week’s, ‘Annette Carol’, and both are hybrids of C. japonica and C. pitardii. My plant of ‘Adorable’ has been slow growing and is still quite small, though it’s too near to the path. The plant at Mt Edgcumbe isn’t so slow, so it’s the conditions not the variety.
The degree to which some things are out of kilter varies hugely but is fairly extreme in this instance. Impatiens omeiana is generally wholly deciduous and doesn’t start to appear until March. This one is up around four or five inches already. If we get a frost it will be cut to the ground unless protected. I bought another form of I. omeiana from Growild nursery which is in the greenhouse and coming up. It looks very similar to this one.
Out the front are a couple more things that are just not right for early February. I have a pot of Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ which is putting up new stems and producing flower buds. Then there’s a Pelargonium which has so far shrugged off everything the weather has thrown at it. I put the Crassula ovata (argentea) into a six way back when it started flowering in early December. It’s still going.
I started a jigsaw a couple of days ago, which for me is a measure of how desperate things have become. There’ll be no gardening this weekend here. At least we’re on high ground and aren’t going to get flooded, just thumped by the wind. Plenty of reading to be done with everyone’s sixes, links in the usual place at The Propagator.