It’s all coming on apace now, making up for lost time. Everything is filling out and bare ground is disappearing; a good thing, I don’t like bare ground. Lots of things are in bud, like peonies, dahlias and hydrangeas and it’s tempting to include the promise of things to come but the things already happening demand attention.
Like this primula. There’s something funny going on with this plant of Primula prolifera. I thought at first it was fasciation, the flowers are dense on the stem, but all its flower stems are the same. They’re unusually stout and have a triangular cross section with round corners. I shall collect seed and see if its progeny are similar, though it isn’t an improvement really.
Aquilegia. I’ve had to remove quite a few Aquilegias which were suffering from downy mildew. A few weeks ago we were as usual wondering where all the aquilegias hade gone. I get accused of weeding out too many every year but as usual, and in spite of losses to mildew, we have lots around the garden now. Along with Geranium palmatum they provide a lot of the early June colour for us year after year. I tried to improve our stock by growing bought seed the year before last and again this year. We have one with a yellow flower, so something survived from the earlier lot.
As in the last couple of years I shall be planting out several Begonias that I have overwintered in pots in the greenhouse. The first to go out are B. luxurians and this one, which is ‘Connie Boswell’. This is the first time I’ve planted it out, having got a few young plants going as backup. I’ll bring it back inside in autumn. It didn’t die down in the winter, even in a just frost free, glasshouse.
Maianthemum bifolium, May Lily, is a rare native plant, occurring in a few northern woodlands. I think it’s fair to say that it’s not going to be rare because so many people have dug it up for their gardens but it has something about it that appeals to me. It is spreading with considerable enthusiasm but so far is only dense in the original clump.
Codonopsis clematidea is a herbaceous climber/sprawler that I have growing in a pot tucked under our big bamboo. Seemingly the only thing it won’t put up with is being too wet, just as well since I rarely remember to water it. I collected seed last year which germinated well, but I only sowed them as an insurance and last year’s plants survived the winter.
I went out this morning and took a few more pictures, then came back in and changed my mind on what I’d put at number six yesterday evening. Asphodelus albus was looking good, it often has too few flowers open on the spike to look very good. Taken through the promise of Paeonia ‘Sarah Bernhardt’s flower buds, all reaching for the sky. Number six was going to be one of the begonias in the featured picture; another time.
It’s grey here this morning, but dry. (Sue just came in and said it’s spitting, bah!) Another full day of garden tinkering awaits, or beckons. Perhaps a bit less watering than of late. A list of little jobs to work through, mealy buds on orchids, tick; water beans, tick; tie up Holboellia, tick; shredding, tick; coffee time, tick; check other sixes on saturday, tick.