Both last weekend and this one are marked by a certain 'confinement'. This week Dennis is raging as I write, with at least 48 hrs more and Mr S and I coming to the conclusion that a trip to Shepton Mallet Snowdrop festival is off the agenda, even if it is running, as the drive there entails country roads with many overhanging trees.
(1) Snowdrop seedlings: Last Monday this snowdrop was the star of my IAVOM.
Whether it was one I brought with me riding along on another plant, or maybe it is one that I planted the first year I was here but left unlabeled. It has settled in and is thriving, with seed sown from ripened fruit last year coming up like little clumps of chives.
(2) Frosty Morn
Although for a couple of nights this week temperatures have dipped at low as 3 C, and we have have no frosty mornings, this little Sedum Frosty Morn lights up the dim and wet days. Its 'current' name is Hylotephium erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn'. This is a perennial hardy succulent which will bear pale flowers later in the summer. For now its blue green waxy leaves with wavy cream edges add a soft glow. Given to me by my friend Alison, like several plants given by friends, a ramble round the garden reminds me of many shared pleasures with friends, Seedlings of snowdrops and cyclamen are peeping through too.
|Hylotelephium erythrostictum Frosty Morn|
Amongst the useful fern like leaves which never died down this year, the yellow flowers of Corydalis cheilanthifolia are starting to emerge
(4) Corydalis Flexuosa Blue Dragon with more than sufficient moisture....
|Corydalis Flexuosa Blue Dragon|
(5) Clematis shoots
Growing in a pot with a nice support is Clematis Olympia. Its many shoots promises a fine display. I bought this clematis on my first Spring Plant Show at the Bishop's Palace from Marcel Floyd. Last autumn he came to give a talk at the local HPS where I was able to show him a picture of the plant and have the name confirmed.
|Clematis Olympia shooting|
(6) Passing the time with reading and being entertained by good writing
On recommendation from a fellow Blogger I have had my nose in this book, making notes and wondering just where I can fit in some of the plants mentioned. Isabel Bannerman's knowledge and love for her newish garden invoke the pleasures of gardening.
Last year we had Chris Beardshaw as our special speaker at Henton Gardening Club. Last week I found this edition in the 'Just Arrived' section of our library, and I have been dipping in and out, enjoying the entries and noting interesting facts. I love the one about Nasturtiums.