We’re off to get our jabs this morning, it feels almost like a day out, given that we are going to the Wadebridge Showground; twenty miles away, quite an outing. On top of a hill in North Cornwall when there are warnings out for rain and 50mph wind gusts forecast. Quite an outing.
It’s been a warmer week but the great garden wakeup is still moving slowly. Things are shooting, seeds are sprouting, but I seem to have spent most of the week indoors and only three of my six were pictured outside in the garden.
Hippeastrum ‘Naranja’. Described in the catalogue as bright orange and by Sue as vermillion. Quite the eyeful whatever the colour, and more than the camera, or perhaps more accurately, the photographer, could cope with. I took an in situ picture, which gives rather too much away, then tried to get one with a better background, then gave up.
Still with my photographer hat on, I took this Hellebore into the glasshouse out of the wind to try for a stacked image. It was sunny but with big clouds switching off the sun at very frequent intervals, not ideal when you’re trying to get over 40 shots in, shifting the focus by a tiny amount each time. I also did a single exposure shot with a small aperture but it brings the background into focus too. The Hellebore is a seedling of a double that I bought a few years back and is nearly as good as the original. I have a lot more seedlings but this is the only one to have flowered.
Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’. I have this in the greenhouse, still in the pot I bought it in last year. I intended to plant it out but it didn’t happen. I have a question (and a feeling there’s someone out there will know the answer) about the colour of ‘Beth Evans’. Look at images online and the range of colours shown is just plain silly, but I also seem to think I’ve seen quite a lot of variation between growing plants. Is it a clone and does the colour vary even so, or are there seedlings masquerading under the name, some darker, some paler than the real thing?
Camellia ‘Quintessence’. I’ve been asked to write an illustrated piece about growing Camellias, including their planting, so I thought I’d plant this out and take some pictures while I was at it. It’s another scented C. lutchuensis hybrid, raised in New Zealand, and I have had it growing in a pot, excruciatingly slowly, for years. It’s now on top of my new wall, shaded by my new fence and hopefully will be very happy. It’s supposed to grow slow, low and spreading.
Cyclamen repandum. I was given some tiny corms and seeds of this a few years back and this is one of the seedlings I raised. They flowered in their seed tray last year and were planted out when they went dormant in summer. The corms of this species can be planted 6 inches deep so are less likely to be disturbed when dormant than the shallow corms of C. coum and C. hederifolium. They don’t vary much in colour but are slender and elegant, flowering in spring.
How best to photograph snowdrops is not a quandary that keeps me awake at night but in an “I know” moment I had an idea. It’s just as well I don’t have too many. This double snowdrop seems to be very slowly spreading about the place which surprises me as I’d have expected it to be sterile and I don’t see how I could have been moving bulbs about. They seem to be happier when they choose where to grow for themselves.
Right, nearly time to go. What is appropriate attire for a vaccination? Several layers of waterproofs probably, given the weather. Just been reminded to go check the car will start; I couldn’t blame it if it doesn’t want to. I’ll be back to check everyone else’s links dreckly.