OMG I’m a nervous wreck. They arrived to start on our drive on Thursday. A day of breaking concrete ensued, a day in fear of them breaking much more than concrete. Friday was a bit of a respite as they were only here for three hours, levelling out the base layer. I’d had to clear loads of plants, half my water storage and piles of other stuff out of the way earlier in the week. There’s a long way to go yet, I’m hoping the stress levels will go down a bit next week.
I did a post about Camellias yesterday and was tempted to post it as my Saturday six. I wouldn’t have got to mention the works though, and there’s no denying its place as the main event in my sheltered life.
Crocus tomasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’. For some reason I thought rubies were red, but there you go. These have been fantastic this year, far better than the paler ones. Admittedly, they were up a little earlier and barely opened as it was too cold. I wish I could report that I’d seen lots of bumblebees on them but I’m not sure I’ve seen one.
Camellia ‘Show Girl’ is still going strong. I put it into my six of the first of January when it had opened its first blooms, then repeated it on the 22nd when it was in full flower. It has weathered storms and rain, a couple of light frosts and still it goes on. With a bit of luck it will still be flowering when the magnolia beside it opens its first blooms.
Correa ‘Federation Bell’ was another that featured in the new year’s day post and it too is still going strong. I’m particularly surprised it has survived the battering by the wind; it has been thrashing about in a way that would have seen off most plants. I couldn’t really say it’s been tested for frost hardiness though, we’ve barely had any, so far.
I rooted a few cuttings of a pale yellow flowered Melaleuca a few years back and eventually planted one in the garden. It seems my efforts are to be rewarded with a decent show of flower this year, I noticed lots of buds on my pre SoS circuit of the estate and failed to get a picture that shows them off well. Melaleuca squarrosa seems to be the name that was missing from the parent bush.
I started with chaos and will finish with more. The area at the side of the house was where I had six connected water butts set up to store water. Unable to bear the thought of pouring 1380 litres of rainwater down the drain, I emptied two into my big tank, moved them to the top of the garden, filled them from the next two butts, moved them and filled them from the last two. Then I lowered the level in my big tank to make room for any rain we get now by filling butt number five. It took ages and will have to be repeated when they go back where they were. Someone asked me the other day if I was OCD; I denied it.
Saturday morning and the sun so bright I can barely see the computer screen. Shredding would seem to be what I have lined up for today. I’d better let my neighbour sleep off her late night (working, not partying). The sixes are rolling in over at The Propagator’s shed, you should call in.