I thought WordPress was being a bit odd yesterday and this morning when I went to publish my post the draft had vanished. I’m doing a Saturday rewrite. Yesterday was just a bit frosty, today is brisk and breezy with rain not far off. Our cats go a bit mental when it’s windy. I’ve been out, nothing has changed. I sowed seeds yesterday, they’re not up yet.
What is up is Crocus tomasinianus, along with Asphodelus albus. The crocus have largely refused to open and who can blame them, there are no pollinators on the wing so why bother. This is yesterday’s picture, with frosting; today is the same with no frost but wind driven movement.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’. Camellias make an early flush of growth, pause, then either produce a flower bud or a second flush of growth, usually much longer than the first. I would normally cut the second flush growth off in autumn but wanted to get more height on this bush to block the neighbour’s view, so I left it. Such flowers as there are can just be spotted amongst the foliage.
Another Camellia, this is C. japonica ‘Bob’s Tinsie’, one of Nuccio’s finest. The stamens have become petaloid, a not uncommon feature of camellias but when I looked it up on the ICS register there are a few pictures of it with fully formed stamens, pollen and all. It will do that in hotter climates sometimes; typical camellia weirdness. You can see the (normal) stigma in the middle.
The Tete-a-Tetes we have growing in pots are up and flowering. Of the ones I planted in the ground last year I’ve seen no sign.
Five and six.
Up in the top corner Magnolia ‘Vulcan’ has continued to recover from me cutting it down and has a good crop of flower buds which are about at the stage where a sharp frost will kill them. Barring that, in a few weeks I will be posting pictures of it flowering, which in five years of SoS posts I’ve been unable to do. I had the same Tete-a-Tetes on the Magnolia post and even in pots they’re a shadow of what they were two years ago.
Underneath the Magnolia is Fuchsia excorticata, flowering and beginning to make new growth. It has room to grow here, so we should see more of its peeling bark when it gets bigger. Camellia ‘Show Girl’ is still strutting her stuff in the background but ignore her, she’d make it seven.
Spring is on the way and the pace of warming up and day lengthening is increasing. I’d better get something done before the rain starts. I’ll save checking everyone else posts for that eventuality.