Not a lot of gardening here this week, to cold, too wet, too windy. So bad have things got that I started a jigsaw puzzle yesterday and since it was a 1000 piece leaf montage, I nearly included it in this six. That would have been desperation indeed. As it is, there are two pictures taken indoors but I managed to find the others outside.
Hakonechloa macra ‘Albovariegata’. Winter is when grasses truly come into their own, partly for form and partly for colour. The Hak macs are usually the brightest thing in the garden in December, January and February, then they fall apart, get cut to the ground and start over again. I managed to be out with the camera during the five minutes of sunshine we had yesterday, which helped.
Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’. The flowering period on this is quite short but structurally it is good for months and it both turns more or less yellow and produces bright orange fruits, a bonus for December.
Not entering into the spirit of things was my tall Molinia ‘Transparent’, which started to collapse even before the gales of last weekend. I cut all the stems at the base and put them in a glass measuring cylinder I have. Another missed opportunity to join in the ‘in a vase on a monday’ meme. Finding anywhere suitably uncluttered for a photo proved impossible but you get the idea. Just short of eight feet.
Crassula argentea, the Jade plant, or money plant. This is the other indoor plant, just about. It lives in the south facing but unheated front porch and seems pretty happy there. This was rescued from our neighbour’s porch when he died a few years back and is much improved for being watered and having its mealy bugs jet-washed every now and then.
Saxifraga fortunei ‘Sybil Trelawney’. This featured in flower in mid October and it has produced an unexpected encore with a splash of colour in December.
Five Hostas for £5.40 sounded pretty good, five for £7.20 still fair and even five for £15 for what looked like a rather nice variety was OK. They came this week. Mostly rather small single nose plants, suspiciously slimy in a few cases. I’ve potted them up and hopefully in a years time they will seem like good value; just now I’m thinking I won’t repeat that mistake. ‘Halcyon’, ‘Lakeside Cha Cha’ and ‘One Man’s Treasure’, if you’re interested.
Today looks like a day of flattering to deceive, quite nice from inside looking out, then when you go out it’s cold and starts raining. I won’t fall for it. I’m staying in and checking out the somewhat dwindling band of sixers; it’s winter, it gets harder both to find things but to think of anything to say about them when you do. The Propagator has done his best, as ever, and hosts the links, as ever.