Somehow gardening has become a full time job and I can’t imagine how I ever had time for anything else. I seem to spend about 75% of my time at home in the garden, 25% on my allotment. Two or three times a week Sue will be up for a walk and we’ll amble around the lanes for an hour or two. Things could be a great deal worse.
The weather is amazing, too amazing really, there will be a price exacted, but the garden is full of things doing their thing. I’ll try to do another video of it all next week but for now it’s about picking just six things that grabbed my attention.
Holboellia brachyandra growing over Camellia ‘Nightrider’. There will need to be some hardening of the heart when the Holboellia finishes flowering because it will smother the camellia if not chopped back. For now I am enjoying the combination hugely.
Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Betberg’. This seems to have settled in well and is spreading moderately. In past years it hasn’t been ravaged by sawfly to anything like the degree of the green one beside it, but I still watch it like a hawk. It starts out this colour then turns green after a few weeks. It’s quite tall, around 75cm.
Sweet Gum and Pines has included some of the American deciduous Rhododendrons in his posts and it may be that the parent of this has been among them. I still have a small bush of the parent plant but it isn’t out yet. This is one of two seedlings I managed to raise from it. It was open pollinated but there were no other Rhododendrons anywhere near so it’s something of a mystery why it’s so different from its parent, which, if it is a species, I’d have expected to come fairly true if grown in isolation. Shows how little I know. It doesn’t have as good a scent as its parent but it’s still pretty darned good.
Osteospermum summitorother. Right outside the front door is a patch of Osteopsermum which has been bright to the point of dazzling for a couple of weeks now. It has a tendency to trample on its neighbours but is easily beaten back if necessary. We take cuttings and start afresh every couple of years.
Aquilegia. A couple of years back I grew some of these from seed. McKanna hybrids or some such. Snazzy colours, thought it’d give the rather limited palette we had a bit of a lift. I dotted twenty odd small plants around the place. If any of them made it to flowering size they were the same colours we already had, I’ve seen nothing different. I suspect they came to nought. Good thing I like the plainer blues and purples just fine. One day I’ll try again.
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’ and Disporum sessile ‘Variegatum’. My worst habit when traipsing round the garden with my camera is to get into record mode. I’m so concerned with getting an accurate and informative picture of the subject that I don’t consider how well it works as a picture. More often than not, if it works as a picture it’s just blind luck and a bit of Photoshopping. This time, for a change, I went out at ten to seven in the morning when the light was still interesting, got down really low and used a wide aperture to give shallow depth of field, choosing a position where both subjects were in focus. It’s funny how a picture that contains less information about the subject can nevertheless tell you more about it.
I think my new career as a photographer is still at an early stage.
And that’s all I’m allowed. On the cutting room floor is footage of lily of the valley, a couple of rhododendrons, another Solomon’s seal, Maianthemum, blue Libertia, Asphodelus and Podophyllum. Will they still be strutting their stuff in a week, will there be new things vying for attention?
There’ll be a cornucopia of goodies vying for attention over at The Propagator’s link hub. Just have to go and move out the Dahlia seedlings and other daily in/out hardening off subjects. See you next week, have a good’n.