I spent a good deal of yesterday carrying on the clean up after storm Eunice a week ago, mercifully in someone else’s garden, not my own. Looking carefully around the other trees in her garden I spotted signs of heave around another big tree, leaning towards and well within reach of her neighbour’s house. It’ll have to go. Fortunately there don’t seem to be any strong winds in the forecast for the next couple of weeks.
What a pleasure to have a bit of sun and no wind. Hopefully we’ll get more of the same today and I can get a bit done, repairing storm damage here perhaps, and moving plants around. I had a look round yesterday and came up with this bunch:
Scilla, or Chionodoxa as was. Oddly, I have one plant in flower and the rest barely poking their noses above the soil. Looks like the slugs have found it and it’s not benefitting from safety in numbers.
Corydalis cheilanthifolia, although I’m bracing myself to be told the name has changed. One of my most satisfying self seeders; never too prolific and easy to pull out if it’s not wanted. Attractive in leaf and flower.
Hak mac haircut. Earlier in the week I decided the Hac maks had passed the point of being attractive to being messy. They were also beginning to shoot, especially ‘Aureola’. I took the shears to them. The first to break up was ‘All Gold’ and the last ‘Albostriata’, which also probably has the best winter colour.
Trachystemon orientalis is another of those not massively ornamental plants that nevertheless fills a gap when not much else is happening, and does so in conditions where most spring bulbs would struggle somewhat, like dry shade. It spreads quite quickly and I dug a lot of it out in the autumn but am glad I kept some.
Camellia time and this first one has been flowering in the greenhouse for the last month or so, providing a waft of scent every time I open the door. ‘Cinnamon Scentsation’ is a single flowered and more strongly scented mutation of ‘Cinnamon Cindy’, both originated by Dr William Ackerman in the USA. He stopped working on scented varieties and turned to raising hardy varieties after a series of cold winters in the late 1970’s. The scent derives from C. lutchuensis, which is borderline hardy even here.
I’m always impatient for the Camellias to open and this year they seem to be particularly slow, just like every other year. They mainly had the sense to wait until Eunice et al. had blown through. The pale ones are quickly ruined by wind damage so I’ve not done a close up picture. This is ‘Annette Carol’, which is probably not available to buy in the UK and hasn’t been since I retired.
Somewhere I have a list things I planned to do over the winter, written back in October or November. I must find it, if only to see how much still seems sensible. It’s a lovely day, I need to get on with things. I’ll be back to check on the rest when I’ve earned my first coffee. I see The Propagator is still referring to today as a late winter’s day rather than an early spring day, which I’m happy with, it takes the urgency off getting out there and doing stuff.