I’m all behind and I’m not even sure why. I took pictures yesterday, was out at the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Show in the afternoon but escaped the evening reception but came back and just didn’t get the job done. We have visitors coming for the weekend and I’ve a million things need doing, not least pricking off all the pots of seedlings on the window-ledge right beside me. If this seems rushed, it’s because it is.
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Akebono’. This was looking very pretty in the morning sun yesterday. I don’t do well with the snazzy asiatic Epimediums, too dry in summer and too many slugs AYR, but this is yer basic grandiflora and is resilient. (I nearly said ‘bombproof’, but reproached myself)
Lunaria ‘Corfu Blue’ and an Azalea whose name is lost in the mists. First thing it was in shade, pretty but a bit subdued, later on in the sun it was all shadows and harsh contrast. Take your pick.
Aquilegia downy mildew arrived two or three years ago and one of the mainstays of our early summer colour is looking very much under threat. It doesn’t seem to be treatable beyond rigorously removing any infected plants and since that is around half of them at the moment, it will make a big dent. Reluctance to remove them only means they die anyway and spread it to more.
Camellia ‘Fairy Wand’. This poor thing languished in a pot for too many years under the misapprehension that it wasn’t hardy enough for the open garden. It seems it is, but it is taking forever to get going. It has these tiny red flowers which should be in abundant clusters along the shoots. Like me, you’ll have to use your imagination.
Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’. This could be my favourite muscari, making relatively tidy clumps, spreading but not yet invasively, powder blue that shows up better than darker blues.
Presents for the garden usually come in the form of plants and since all plants are liable to unexpected demise, there is always an explanation for when the giver comes visiting. This concrete plinth, seemingly made in a flexible mould without being supported properly, so banana-ish, and the delightful ceramic piece on top of it, donated by different people who presumably felt our garden needed more and better ornamentation, might have to meet with a different sort of accident. I put the Carex in to disguise it a bit.
Seems I now have to go and fix the newly broken front door, Sue’s parting shout having been that it wouldn’t shut. Hope it’s a WD40 job. Hope I get time to check back on other pasts, hosted as ever by The Propagator. See you later.
Oh, a bonus picture, we gave this set of three vases of camellias first prize in its section. It’s from Trewithen Gardens, so an unapologetic plug for both the GCS show and Trewithen.