Six things happening in the garden eh, how about rain, rain, rain, rain, rain and more rain. I’m grateful I still have a garden, not a river or lake. Actually it’s bright sunshine just now, but ten minutes ago it was sleeting.
The garden is wet and windswept but by degrees it’s waking up from winter. Desperation leads to including things when still in bud or with the first flower half open, so I’m revisiting a couple of things.
Camellia reticulata ‘Mystique’. I’m not revisiting this, or at least not since last year. It went in on 23 March last year, so it’s well ahead this year. Too bad the weather has damaged the blooms as soon as they open, but from a distance it’s good. It’s a variety that was raised in a New Zealand nursery and available for only a season or two before it disappeared. Probably too difficult to propagate. I must have a go myself at some point.
The best of the crocus that I’ve planted over the past two seasons is C. tomasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’. It’s the showiest, it’s come back the next year bigger and better, it’s stood up to the weather the best. I may get more and I need to decide now where they will go and mark the spots.
Vegetable growing is starting a slow build up too. Potatoes are chitting, onions, leeks, cabbages, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, celeriac, celery, carrots and beetroot are under way. Indoor light levels are too low so I get them into the greenhouse soon after they’ve germinated, but there it’s lack of warmth that applies the brakes. It is still only February though. I need to prick off those leeks in the middle.
I left the main plant of Salvia corrugata in the ground; it’s died right down but will probably shoot again (ever the optimist). I took an early cutting and grew it on in a pot, it’s in the greenhouse with no more than frost protection and it’s flowering, for which I am grateful.
Where my gratitude has been rather lacking is in respect of my hellebores. Other people keep posting pictures of their magnificent specimens and mine are mostly muddy coloured miffy self sown things that refuse to perform well. This double, and I have to say, a couple of white flowered seedlings, are finally looking like they want to stay.
Back to something that is still only in bud, but I’m not sure that even in full flower I’m going to like it any better. Erythronium revolutum, a form that a local nursery called Illand was selling as ‘Illand Pink’.
Jorge huh. How come the Spanish meteorologists get to name a storm that is four square over us and nowhere near them? It doesn’t look like it’s going to affect the south of England too much, I might get a reasonable weekend, at least between the showers.
There’ll be time to hit the links. The Propagators links that is.