I’m off to Rosemoor garden again today, to the spring show. It kind of marks the end of the camellia season, so I’ve put a couple of mine in here. Spring bulbs are over their peak too and to an extent flower is being overtaken by greenery as the build up to summer begins. I’m happy with that, I much prefer to be looking at complete vegetation cover rather than patches of bare soil. There’s plenty going on in the flower department, here are my weekend highlights.
Let’s start and finish with Camellias; first up, C. japonica ‘Bob Hope’. I pruned this back last year so it has fewer flowers than sometimes, but they are such a rich red that a few go a long way.
Last week’s peony bud has opened up to this rather splendid creation. I cannot find its name, which is annoying me, but I did just venture out to see if it had a label (it didn’t) and discovered that while it is all growing on one stem, down at ground level there are probably twenty or more little shoots coming up, mostly only an inch high. Hopefully it’s on its own roots and not grafted. I need to clear away ivy, cut back the overhanging Camellia and start treating the peony decently. Who knows, I might get rewarded with another flower in ten years time.
Hostas come up remarkably quickly, probably a strategy to fend off mollusc damage; get up, do some photosynthesizing, get chomped to ribbons. I keep picking up the odd one, always looking for something quite distinct from what we already have. We’ve had ‘Raspberry Sundae’ for around three years and it’s the furthest on of all we have. Bold variegation and red spotted stems, it flowered last year and I’ve forgotten what the flowers were like, quite dark I seem to recall. They are the first of a group of mostly foliage plants in pots that will go on pot stands at the shady end of our decking area.
On the sunny side of the garden we have an Osteospermum that thinks it’s high summer already. It is flanked by Camassia and the white daisy whose name I cannot remember. I’m somewhat surprised at how well the Camassias are doing in such a sunny and dry place, though they only last a week or two.
Asphodelus albus. I don’t think this usually flowers so early but it seems to suit it, the individual flowers generally don’t last more than a day or so so the overall effect is diminished; being cooler they seem to be lasting longer so the whole spike looks better.
Camellia number two is ‘Night Rider’, late flowering, very dark red, small flowers and glossy dark red shiny new foliage.
And that’s your lot. I’m in a rush, looking forward to a good show. I’ll be back later to follow up the links from the Propagator’s Saturday six.