Looks like WordPress are pretty much forcing everyone to use the block editor from June. Groan! Better get this six done and start on next weeks right away, see if I can cope with the change.
Blustery and not especially warm here, not great for gardening in that the wind takes the pleasure out of being outdoors. We had a bit of overnight rain both Wednesday and Thursday nights but could have done with a good deal more, so nothing new there. I got a small delivery of plants by mail order on Tuesday and did a first tentative garden centre visit on Monday to buy more compost. Baby steps towards normality.
Allium cristophii. This is the only ornamental onion I have in the garden and the small clump seems to be very slowly increasing. I may well buy a few bulbs later and expand it the quick way.
Foxgloves. Wild foxgloves self sow prolifically and some are allowed to remain and flower. We seem to have a lot this year, there must have been more than usual in places they could be left without consequences. I also grew some from seed last year, under the name ‘Elsey Kelsey’, but the same as ‘Pam’s Choice‘ I think. I kept them in small pots too long, waiting for space to plant them to appear. A few have done quite well, most are runty. they can add their seed to the mix for next year.
Geranium palmatum. This is another self sower and in fact at the moment it’s the self seeded foxgloves, geraniums and aquilegias that are providing most of the colour in the garden. When they’re finished there’ll be space for something else, though I’m not sure what that’ll be. Hopefully we wont find too many dead things underneath their massive foliar umbrellas.
Adiantum aleuticum ‘Imbricatum’. This was pitched abruptly from shade to full sun when I took a tree down last year. It was marked down for moving, which eventually happened a few weeks ago as it started into growth. As well as being back in semi-shade, it’s not buried in the middle of other plants and is much better displayed. It doesn’t seem to have noticed the move and is looking the best it ever has. I am amazed at how tough Adiantums are; they look so fragile yet they are nothing of the sort.
Ixia ‘Venus’. I planted a patch of these below our Taxus ‘Standishii’ when it was very much smaller than it is now. They’re on the south side so they get plenty of sun but the ground must be parched almost all year. Every year they come up and fall flat on their faces. My attempts to support them always seem to result in a cramped and unnatural look which I don’t like. One day I’ll get it right. I bought some yellow ones, ‘Yellow Emperor’?, which after about three seasons seem to have settled in and are in bud. They flop too.
Alstroemeria ‘Rock and Roll’. Did I mention I’d bought some plants by mail order. Last year, bowled over as always by the peerless performance of my Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’, I started wondering about getting another one or two. Bob Brown, of Cotswold Garden Flowers, is a man whose judgment I have a measure of respect for, at least as far as plants are concerned and on his website he has an Encyclopedia of plants which I have often referred to. He has a ranking system, 1 to 10. Not many things are awarded a 10. He’s recently updated the appearance of the Encyclopaedia and has dropped his rankings from it, but when I received my order from him, there was a catalogue enclosed and they are still in there. As I recall, there were only two Alstroemerias which had received his highest accolade, ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘Rock and Roll’. I now have a plant of Alstroemeria ‘Rock and Roll’ and have two regrets. Why did I only get one? and why have I gone so many years without having it? You might just be seeing this again.
The forecast is for it to be windy all day so maybe I won’t go up the allotment, tomorrow will be soon enough. There was even a ten drops rain shower first thing and I’d be very happy to get a lot more. Not gonna happen. A day for pottering about, like all the other days. The new normal is disturbingly similar to the old normal. The boss has posted his six, that’s been a part of normal for a long time. Publishing this from my iPad because I can’t be bothered to get out of bed, that’s new.