Sunshine at last, and we’ve missed most of the frosts too. It’s all happening. The driveway is finished and some of the peripheral reinstatement has been tackled. Last year around this time I was also mired in construction projects, I may even get it all out of the way earlier this year and get down to some real gardening.
On 20/3/2021 I posted six camellias, including this one, C. x williamsii ‘Charles Colbert’. This is a big bush, pruned bare low down to give it a small tree habit under which I grow shade lovers. Its flowers are particularly fragile and fully open flowers in perfect condition are unusual most years. It’s useless for showing, just drops all its petals. Another few days of benign weather and it’s going to look superb.
Because they are good doers, I seem to add one or two new Muscari varieties most years. This one is ‘Big Smile’ and while it is not radically different from the standard version, seems to be a very good form. I note that in spite of nematode treatment, the slugs are at it.
Magnolia ‘Vulcan’. This is flowering as good a deep and clear purple-red as it ever has, it has often been a somewhat muddy colour. It’s not very tall, having been cut close to the ground a few years back, but I got low down to take the picture against the sky.
Camellia ‘Annette Carol’. A second outing for this, now that it’s in full flower. I took a picture yesterday when it was in full sun but it is very contrasty and I didn’t pick off the dead flowers first. This morning’s picture shows it in shade against a very bright background. There’s never a cloud around when you need one.
Camellia ‘Ariel’s Song’. Small white flowers with a strong perfume, willowy leaves which flush out reddish and on new growth keep it colourful until midsummer or later. Borderline hardy? Possibly but safe enough in Cornwall once established. The flowers are wind battered and the leaves have sooty mould due to scale insects, just to complete the picture.
One shoot on my family apple tree is breaking out. I think it’s the ‘Red Windsor’ branch and I hope the rest isn’t far behind or they wont get pollinated. It looks set to be a week where the end is much greener than the start, I think they call it spring.
Now I need to get a spring in my step, get out there and shift some water butts. Whoopee, I can’t wait. I think I’ll do a blog on the driveway, it just may be of interest to anyone contemplating something similar. I see that irrigation issues crop up in The Propagator’s six too, along with buds and flowers. Must be the time of year.