With every week that passes there is a sense of the spring slowly winding down. It’s a chilly 12°C here this morning but the weather has been benign and most things are holding up quite well but a day or two of wind and rain will quickly change that. I’m not talking Ida wind and rain, we neither want nor need any such thing.
A couple of weeks back I showed a seedling of Gladiolus papilio ‘Ruby’ that had flowered for the first time, to my considerable excitement. Two more spikes opened about a week later and looked to be identical to the first, which got me wondering. This week spike four has opened and what a beauty it has turned out to be. There is one more still to open, who knows what further treasures are in store.
My Dahlias this year have either been a runaway success or near total failure. In the former camp is a collarette type called ‘Danum Torch’, which made unusually prodigious growth then started producing unusually small flowers. They’ve slowly increased in size so it’s now producing a good display and it is hugely popular with the insects.
Clematis viticella ‘Etoile Violette’ and Fuchsia ‘Delta’s Sarah’. I know that’s two things but that is pretty much the point. The combination is rather lovely at the moment though getting both elements into a photograph with equal prominence eluded me.
Another Fuchsia, this is ‘Maxima’. I could do six Fuchsias for weeks and not run out. They are really coming into their own now, late because they were all cut to the ground last autumn to try to eradicate Fuchsia gall mite, then were hampered getting go by April’s frosty grip.
Unable to choose between Amaryllis and Cosmos for my last item, I’ll go with apple pruning instead. Around a month ago I shortened all the laterals on my apple tree to roughly four inches. Yesterday I cut them back to an inch or so. The outermost bud had started to grow away on most of the shoots but it’s too late for any new growth now. I could have delayed the whole operation until now but I would have missed a month of the vigour supressing affect of removing much of the new growth. I do sometimes wonder whether stripping the leaves off wouldn’t have much the same effect.
And that’s yer lot yet again. Don’t forget to check in with the Propagator, he’s up bright and early this morning, or his auto-post is.