This little corner of the kingdom didn’t get the warmest day of the year that most of the rest of you got yesterday. I spent much of the day wrestling with my water storage system so it’s ready for the rain that isn’t in the forecast either. It’s benign weather, the flowers are lasting well and not getting damaged, but thick cloud makes for a somewhat dull appearance, especially in photos. Better day today hopefully, though not yet. On then, to this week’s choices.
Camellia ‘Spring Festival’. A chance seedling of C. cuspidata, according to the Camellia Register. C. cuspidata has small white single flowers so as chances go it was a particularly good one. There are very few narrowly upright Camellias and even this one broadens out with age. There are two here, the remains of a row of five I planted to screen off a neighbour. Honey fungus had other ideas and now they’re as big as they are, one would have sufficed.
Magnolia ‘Ann’. Contrary to what it said in my Magnolia book, this has been a spreader with no ambition to get very tall. I cut branches from its sides most years but have never taken anything off the top. This could well be the most floriferous it’s ever been.
Anemone nemorosa. I have a sizeable clump of Anemone nemorosa ‘Robinsoniana’ or at least that’s what I’ve always taken it to be. However, a number of seedlings have appeared in its environs and none is exactly like the parent. Given that most seedlings would probably germinate and grow within the original clump, it seems likely that there is a lot of variation about in what is offered under the name. One seedling is a little darker than the original, one about the same and two are paler, almost white in one case. They’re all nice and I have no plans to remove any of them.
On the subject of self sowers, I particularly like this primrose. The flowers are almost white and the flower stems, new leaves, petioles and mid ribs are dark red.
I don’t usually include things until they’re actually performing but this tree peony hasn’t flowered for so many years that I’m getting quite excited about its imminent unfurling. I’m also a little afraid that the bud will just get bigger then die without opening. It’s ridiculously huge for a flower buds. Hopefully it will be open for next week and I will have rediscovered its name.
I don’t want to miss out altogether on tulip season. I bought some cheap end of season bulbs and planted up three pots, one of which is plunged where Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ will go later, joining the two already there. It’s called ‘Jimmy’. The Echiums behind them are for later but are already hard to ignore and get taller very day.
I have much to do and must get on with it. A couple of months back I was itching to sow seeds and holding myself back, now I’m all behind. Probably the same every year, everything comes at once, especially when growing veg.
There’ll be links to other sixes to check, but that’s for later, the great outdoors beckons.