Weird it is. For a good part of yesterday the sky to the south of us was black with rain coming down in sheets. There were several claps of thunder though I didn’t notice any lightning flashes. We had about five drops of rain, the rest missed us. Normally that would have been a good thing but I’m actually a little envious of the people who must have had a soggy day. Today has dawned clear, sunny and cold yet again, though I think without frost.
Having completed Sue’s greenhouse I’ve been doing some planting, but mostly there’s very little above ground to see, so I’ll save it for later, and I’ll wait until Sue has the greenhouse sorted out before I start taking pictures. However, things proceed in the wider garden, a bit slower than some years which is mainly a positive, when it’s warm spring flowers can be very fleeting.
My family apple tree. Five years ago on SoS post one I reported on the success of a couple of scions of Plympton Pippin added to this tree a few months earlier. I have two scions of another, unknown variety growing away from grafts done in January this year. The Plympton Pippin shoots have a bit of blossom on them but most of the tree is Holstein, a German raised Cox hybrid which we find to be excellent. I spur prune the tree, a technique usually applied to espaliers, cordons or whatever. It works just as well on whatever, decent crops but the tree doesn’t get much bigger.
Disporum sessile macrophyllum and white flowered Dicentra formosa, ‘Langtrees’ possibly. These two seem happy to grow together without one dominating the other, which is fairly unusual in my experience. I find the effect very pleasing.
My woodland garden consists of the shade of one shared tree on our garden boundary. There are so many gorgeous shade loving plants I’d want to grow if I only had more room. Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Betburg’ I’d want in drifts yards across. This plant is steadily increasing, helped by being less popular with Solomon’s seal sawfly than the common variety. I still have to wash and squatch.
Polystichum munitum is a fern I have spotted growing abundantly in the background of some American posts where it is presumably too common to be worth a mention. We don’t have anything quite like it so are free to see it as being a bit exotic. Just now I’m thinking Hydra.
I only have two Rhododendrons in the garden and one of them is fighting some malaise that kills a few shoots each year. The other one, this one, is ‘Ramapo’, which I won in a raffle. The RCM group do a classy raffle and at least I haven’t killed it. It’s one of those lilac-blue colours that never looks quite right in a photograph, I’m thinking it should be a bit more blue but it was taken in warm toned early morning light so it is an accurate reflection of how it looked at the time.
A few years ago I collected seed from a drift of Honesty that was growing beside the road where it crosses a railway line near here. I’ve not seen it there since but there’s now a good drift near to the next railway bridge up the line. I seem to have two plants in the garden which I may have planted or they may be self sown. It’s a great plant for those odd little rubbishy spots where nothing much else will grow.
So there you have it. Today involves a bit more planting, a bit more tidying, a lot more watering and no more shopping. There’s a little rain for this afternoon in the BBC forecast and lots of heavy rain in the Met Office forecast. Que sera sera. The Propagator had rain, lucky man.