I can’t quite believe I just glanced down to check the date on the computer. Boxing day, Christmas all over for another year. I was thinking of doing a retrospective six but I’ve never felt less like looking backwards. In the moment then, happening now; meagre pickings on that front too. Not too meagre if you get in close with the camera.
On Christmas morning I was taking stacked images of camellia foliage to put in the National Collection records (doesn’t everyone?) and thought while I had the camera set up I’d picture this iris. It didn’t come out as I’d envisaged but you get the general idea. I went to an HPS talk by the man from Jacques Amand Intl., which inspired me to get a few different Iris reticulata varieties. This one is ‘North Star’, it’s very pretty and it has a rather good scent as well. The colour isn’t quite right but I’m not going to try and correct it from memory.
I noticed that the Camellia lutchuensis that I’d bought a bit back had opened its first flower, so I took its picture too. This is a species that is being used a lot to breed both scent and resistance to flower blight into camellias. It’s not very hardy, would probably just survive outside here; it has small white flowers with a lovely scent.
Out in the garden there is a serious shortage of things happening. This group of Cyclamen coum have settled in well. I planted several plants over a couple of years and they are seeding about quite enthusiastically.
I’ve had odds and ends of primroses flowering for some time, usually rather moth eaten, so held in reserve till now. Common primrose. You wouldn’t immediately think they were related to Cyclamen, but both are in Primulaceae. Serious contender for my favourite native wildflower.
The sun showed its face briefly, lighting up the yellow stems of my bamboo. It’s going to get a beating tonight, as storm Bella sweeps through. I should have thinned it out even more than I did, reduce its wind resistance some more.
Back indoors for the next shot, though the plant itself is outside. Camellia sasanqua ‘Navajo’ through the front window; having a rather good fresh flush of blooms. They’re smaller and paler than the earlier ones but I really am not complaining. There’ll not be much left of it tomorrow either.
Sitting inside and looking at the garden through the window may be as near to gardening as you can get so I’m going to give away a part of myself with a few links to things on YouTube that I’ve been known to listen to while looking at flowery things on the computer. Another six in fact, meaning I’ve left out both Tom Waits and the Tiger Lillies. Consider them a post Christmas bonus.
The Lakes of Pontchartrain” – Aoife O’Donovan
Largo (Improvisation on the Theme of the “Ombra mai fu” Aria from Act 1 of Handel’s “Serse”,… – YouTube
Sheku Kanneh-Mason – No Woman, No Cry (Arr. Cello) [Studio Session] – YouTube
Blackberry Winter (Take 9) – YouTube
Yo-Yo Ma plays Appalachia Waltz – YouTube
Vladimir Horowitz – Träumerei – Schumann (Kinderszenen) – YouTub
Here and Heaven (featuring Aoife O’Donovan) (In-Studio Video) – YouTube
Oops, can’t count. Don’t suppose anyone will notice. The Sechsmeister won’t, I’m sure, bigger fish to fry. Happy New Year folks.