It’s not getting any easier to find six things to include. Things are sort of happening, two or three camellias with one flower apiece, crocus blooms that don’t open because it’s dull and cold, daffodil buds, weeds, slugs. Anyway, here goes.
Camellia ‘Quintessence’. This was planted out a year ago having been in a pot too long. It improved a bit over the year but has some way to go to be stunning. Small single flowers, white with a pink flush, scented. Another New Zealand raised lutchuensis hybrid.
I was running some prunings, mixed with assorted kitchen scraps, weeds and dead leaves through my shredder in the week and there was a bit of a banging noise. Usually it’s a stone I’ve accidentally picked up, this time, for a change, it was a very tarnished 1952 20 francs coin. Where it came from I have not the slightest idea. Makes a change from plants though. I guess they don’t do the Liberté, égalité, fraternité thing with Euros.
Chrysoplenium macrophyllum. This is another of those plants that fills in while the main performers are taking their winter break. It will quite soon disappear beneath Astilbes and Impatiens omeiana, giving it the shade which it needs for the summer.
Hellebore seedling. A few years back I bought a couple of double hellebores, a white one and a purple one. The white one is barely hanging on while the purple is doing really well. I collected seed from it a couple or three seasons back and planted a dozen or more out in the autumn. They’re looking very promising, mostly double if with fewer petals than their parent.
Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’. I moved this before Christmas because it seemed unhappy in full sun. It’s a lot more unhappy now. Perhaps something else was ailing it. I shall cut it hard back and see what happens.
Primula vulgaris sibthorpii. My two plants of this disappeared under Dicentra for most of last year but seem none the worse for it. This is its first bloom of the season, hopefully it won’t be the last.
Right, things to do, places to be. The Prop has just done a placeholder post, for now I’ll link to that.