I’ve hardly been out in the garden this week. It’s been cold, often wet and the ground is sodden. I lifted a couple of Begonias and potted them up. They’ll go back out in spring and be months ahead of where they’d be if left in the ground. Did a bit of tidying up and leaf shredding too.
Here I am, living in the only part of mainland England under minimal restrictions and barely taking advantage of it at all. We did manage a bit of a coastal walk last Sunday, I’ll put a picture at the end of the post to show you the privations we’re having to endure.
Still, enough of that, the garden looks deadly dull or fairly colourful depending entirely on whether then sun is shining. Dull overcast light saps the colour from the brightest flowers whereas the low winter sun turns the browns to luminous gold. Yesterday provided both and I’ve mainly focussed on what is sometimes colourful.
Fuchsias. We still have loads of Fuchsias kicking around in pots, mostly 10L, so quite big plants that are fairly resilient. I need to cut them down and get them into the glasshouse, create a break in the cycle for rust and gall mite. I don’t want to do it too early or they will be making lots of early growth long before they can go out again. Besides, lots of them are still flowering, as are several in the garden. I hope you don’t want the names because I haven’t included them.
Hedychium ‘Assam Orange’ has coloured up quite nicely and gets the sun for around an hour in the middle of the day. There are still a few seeds hanging on it, I have no need of more. I’ve never seen birds eat them, perhaps they are gingery.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Cap Sizun’. This flowered in June as usual, then put up a number of stems to produce a second flush perched a foot above the fading early blooms. The weather being cool now, they are lasting exceptionally well.
What is needed to set off the blue of the hydrangeas is some yellow, in the picture above provided by the bamboo behind, but the hydrangea is almost encircled by grasses, most of them forms of Hakonechloa, of which I have several. For providing colour in December and January, often February too, they are second to none. As the spring bulbs start to appear, the grasses get cut down. There are crocuses growing right in some of the clumps of grass.
Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish’. This has a hand written label in it, implying that it was grown from a cutting but I don’t remember the parent plant or being given any cuttings. It started flowering a few weeks ago and I’ve finally got around to moving it under cover. It’s a cracking colour and Sarah Raven says it flowers longer than almost anything else in her garden. She probably says that about lots of things. I’m envisaging a mixed planting with Salvia ‘Amistad’.
Lettuce. A variety called All Year Round, sown on 3/10/2020 and looking like it might be plantable in my tunnel around February to give me a very early crop. Probably need to sow in August/September to have lettuce in the tunnel for the winter. Just need to keep the bunnies out.
Right, here’s the promised picture of our bit of coast. There was nothing to see out to sea this time; when we went a few weeks ago there was a big pod of dolphins working its way across. The Fowey Lifeboat crew were practising sending up flares in Lantic bay, bit of a tame firework show really.
We shan’t be down there this Sunday, or doing much gardening either probably. Virtual gardening, I like that word virtual, it’s very close to virtue in sound if not sentiment. So, virtual gardening, starting with The Prop, who hosts the links to sixes around the planet. To work….