We actually had a bit of rain yesterday, sorely needed but nowhere near enough. Still, every little helps. I torture myself by looking all too frequently at the Met Office radar; it’s amazing how much rain just misses us. I’ve been up my allotment most days this week, almost on top of the weeds that took hold over the long forgotten wet winter. There were a few plots available but they’ve all been snapped up now. I wonder how many will still be there in a years time.
In the garden it seems like the June gap could be over by the end of May. It’s been a very good year for spring flowers but I don’t seem to have much coming along behind. It’s a gap that often gets filled by self sown Aquilegias, foxgloves and Geranium palmatum; all of which may yet deliver. No shortage of choice just now though.
Tropaeolum tricolor. I bought three corms of this last year, potted them in a large terracotta pot, constructed a frame out of thin bamboo side shoots and voila! I included it in a six a month ago and it has only got better since. You may see it again yet. There was supposed to be a flower show and competition at RHS Rosemoor next weekend; I’d have been judging camellias so couldn’t enter any, but this baby might have been eligible for something. There’s always next year and I need to get my coverage better, it needs to be good from all angles.
Clivia miniata. A yellow one. James Treseder had them at his nursery sometime last year and I’d long wanted one. He grows them from seed so they’re slightly varied and they mostly weren’t in flower so I just took pot luck. Me and the Pukeko are very happy with how it turned out. I think I’m getting a slight scent but I’m olfactorily challenged so I may have imagined it.
Salvia gesneriiflora. Big shout out to the lovely Offtheedge Gill for this one. I have nurtured three through the winter and they’re now flowering, which even by the standards of Salvias is either extremely late or extremely early. One will stay out next winter, I reckon there’s a chance it will come through. What does it do now? flower all summer? Flower and give up? It’s a fabulous colour, it can do what it likes and I’ll still love it.
Hosta ‘Raspberry Sundae’. I bought these from James Treseder too. I should put a link in for his nursery. I hope he’s still around when all this is over, it’d be a tragedy if he went down. Actually, he does mail order so perhaps that’s still going. Fabulous range of ferns incidentally. Anyhow, I bought these hostas and last year the slugs dined out on them. Not this year, they’re looking good.
Apple blossom. My apple trees are flowering, my pruning hasn’t been a complete disaster. Apple blossom is so pretty, that thing of white flowers opening from pink or red buds just seems so right and perfect. If I were a bee it’s what I’d get off on. Perhaps I am a bee. People have said something similar. Most of this is ‘Holstein’ but there are several varieties on the tree.
One of my better liked self sowers is Lamium orvala. We used to have both purple and white forms but the white seems to be on furlough. I like a plant that seeds around enough that you’re not going to lose it but doesn’t want to take over the whole garden. Or in the case of welsh poppy, the world.
I need to pump a bit of water around, make space for the next shower. My water harvesting system is still awkward, improving it could be project of the day. Plan my next video, now there’s a good game for filling endless hours. The Prop has posted, the links are rolling in, time will be spent perusing sixes. Have a good week.