The Prop this week is showing some interesting tipbits, and I was amused by his use of the name 'Born Survivor'. Do go and to his post and enjoy seasonal displays in home gardens.
In searching out more details on his Narcissus Pipit I happened to fall on Avon Bulbs which is not far from us, and due to cancellation of their shows have a large range of plants on special offer. I realise only a few of us may be within the 15 miles radius, but maybe checking with your local growers may be a great help to them, if you are able to buy, and stop the waste that is predicted will happen as plants are destroyed.
Last week I was tickled by the name 'Wakaranai' for the small acer, suggested by Hortus Baileyana. Many thanks for advice, comments, and the wit of the Six on Saturday Community.
(1) Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl' is flowering for the first time this year. I bought it in January 2019 by mail order from Ballyrobert Gardens. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the size of the plant when I unpacked it. Hopefully it will start to put on growth this year. In January I am apt to get garden blues and send off for plants. I am going to write myself a list of does and don'ts...
(2) In the conservatory border the Tiarella catch the early morning sunshine, and seem to glow. Even the leaves on their own are pretty. Further round the bed I have a named variety 'Mint Chocolate', which is continuing to progress after a rather poor year last year.
(3) Narcissus Thalia emerging pure white is glowing also in the pure clear air. In several weeks of dry weather, an overnight shower of rain was most welcome. I had hoped to stage this one at the Wessex Daffodil Society's exhibition at Henton where our gardening club holds its meetings. We usually help on the day with teas etc, and there is a separate section for us 'general local amateurs'. The Society judges are always kind, and offer us some good tips and advice not only on growing but staging. This one flowers late in the season in time for this particular show. Last year I entered for the first time.
(4) Mahonia Aquifolium Apollo, or is it? One of the garden's original shrubs must be being visited by every bumblebee, honey bee and insect in the vicinity.
|One of the three plants in flower 7 April 2020|
This is the plant when it was flowering soon after I bought it last year from a grower at our HPS plant fair. Not long after flowering it died down. I was afraid it may have died. Up it came for its 'autopsy'. The roots were in a fine and plump state with good underground growth buds. In accordance with my inner propagator, I divided it, and potted in three separate pots of good compost, it was in leaf all through the winter. In early March I planted each one in separate parts of the back garden.
|In flower last year before it went into Summer dormancy|
(5) Making do and using what you have is probably what we have all had to do over the last couple or more weeks. Last year my neighbours cut down some bamboo, and some of the canes crossed the road and had been languishing all winter down the side of the house. As my was fast outgrowing its little cane tripod, a larger structure was required. I either like organic shaped supports
|Last year's photograph.|
the alternative would be to buy some ones like this cream one holding up Clematis Olympia.
Unfortunately for me Tom Chambers have discontinued their cream range. With long handled loppers, and lengths of copper wire, which were ready to go to the recycling centre but it is closed, lots of patience regarding disentangling the clematis, I give you.....Notice the pink Pelargonium capricorn in flower. In the heat conservatory plants and succulents are cooling down in the garden.
|Trial trellis for new Clematis Sugar Sweet|