Yesterday wasn’t much of a day for scurrying out between showers to see if anything was happening. Not a lot if truth be told, so I’ve had to be a bit creative. It’s a lot easier for me than many I know and I’m always impressed that so many people find something going on even in very small gardens at this time of the year.
Not in the garden at all is this Hippeastrum ‘Apple Blossom’. I took its picture by the window, so there’s a fuzzy view of garden fence behind it. I bought a few different ones this year, this one is flowering, one has a bud starting to move and the other three are doing nothing. You couldn’t plan a wedding round them.
Cyclamen. Last year we bought several of the cyclamen that the garden centres are full of at this time of year, the ones that sometimes get described as hardy, sometimes not. We planted them in the garden and I wasn’t very happy with how they looked but thought they’d all die so wasn’t unduly bothered. One survived to flower again this year and on its own, amongst C. hederifolium and C. coum, it looked out of place, so I dug it up and potted it, replacing it with a good C. hederifolium form that needed planting out. It’s now inside alongside the single white flowered plant of the same ilk I bought this year, and that simply because it smells divine. I had to sniff a bench-full to get the best one.
Talking of smelling divine, Camellia ‘Minato-no-akebono’ is flowering quite well. This is a six foot plant that was moved across the garden at the end of September and I am very pleased that it doesn’t seem to have noticed. The name means ‘Harbour at Dawn’, a name that visually works well enough but if it’s the olfactory angle we’re talking about…
We finally had a couple of quite cold nights at the beginning of the week, very nearly hit -1°C. It’s interesting to see what got splatted, and what didn’t. Plectranthus went black, Dahlias blackish, some Fuchsias and Salvias were damaged. This Rhodochiton atrosanguineus is looking amazingly good though, which was unexpected. Having realised just recently that it’s a perennial, I still don’t know whether to leave it in or pot it up and bring it under cover. It’s set masses of seed so I’ll probably just leave it and get some more going early next year that I may not need.
I collected as many sacks of leaves as would fit in the car from a friend’s garden last week and put them through my shredder before spreading them as a mulch in various places. It will have very little nutrient value but what there is may as well wash out into the soil rather than out of a leaf heap and the worms can get straight to work on it as well. I think it looks very presentable as well. The fern here, Araiostegia parvipinnata, is another plant that when I first had it I would bring it in every winter. I doubt it would survive a really vicious frost but here it’s pretty much evergreen and isn’t damaged at all. The berries on the Polygonatum will go scarlet eventually.
Today looks a little better, at the very least I must get up to the allotment and water my tunnel. It was much more convenient when it was in the garden. There’s always clearing and tidying to do but It’s hard to get motivated for it. Far easier to follow The Propagator’s siren call to stay in the warm and garden vicariously.