Still no rain, most things three to four weeks early.
Thursday, 28 April 2022
Together with friends from the Wells WI 'Blooming Fun' I visited Forde Abbey Gardens for the first time last Friday. The weather was bright and fine and just right for a tour of the garden and a spot of lunch in the tea rooms.
The tulips were putting on a fine display planted in mixed herbaceous beds.
Monday, 25 April 2022
Another miniature vase showcasing the Narcissus 'More and More'.
This delightful little jonquil is in flower and looks like there will be stems for a couple more weeks. The lovely little blue is from a plant given to me by Barbara on Saturday. With new plants, it is a good idea to remove flowers to ensure the plant spends its energy in growing new roots and establishing themselves. The lovely blue is from Omphaloides 'Cherry Ingram', and the purple leaves from Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon'. This is the smaller thumb sized vases I use for snowdrops.
As we walked round the Bishop's Palace this morning identifying stones as part of our Geology Walk, I noticed that they have started to placing good. In an area under the Holm Oaks which has recently been developed, a large number of 'Cherry Ingrams' had been planted out to good effect around the tree ferns. What a picture they made on the sunny morning. The blue looked most effective in the shade.
I have just finished reading a most excellent book, which with his interest in the Medieval Period, Mr S is now reading though he may just stop after the Victorian period. It is 'Taste' by Kate Colquhoun. After reading her book on Paxton, I was delighted to find that her book on The Story of Britain through its Cooking, was available at our local library.
Saturday, 23 April 2022
The Propagator Jon would most probably approve of some of my propagation this week. I have no doubt he and other linking into this weekly group of home gardeners will have some interesting views of the past week in their gardens. The link to Jon's post where everyone links into is included in this preface'.
1. Two pots of Persicaria runcinata Needham's Form ready and labelled to place on the HPS stall in Somerset this morning. I received the seed from Jim, who collected the plant/seed from Edward Needham's garden. There is some question about the name, but I am going with Jim's. Here in the garden it is hardy but dies down during the winter. It has to be one of my favourite ground hugging beautiful leaved plants in the shady border. Grow wild name it as Persicaria sinuata EN. Is anyone able to tell me what the EN stands for? This is what it looked like last Summer, for me it is deciduous and winter dormant and has already started to show new growth with the delightful leaf shape.
2. I love the way the light catches the blooms on the Tiarella, which is flowering a couple of weeks earlier compared to last year.
|Polemonium reptans Lambroke Mauve|
|Erodium trifolium Sweetheart|
Monday, 18 April 2022
For Extravaganza or even egg related posts I am sure you will find some interesting ones if your click this link to Cathy's post on Rambling in the garden. Yes I bought eggs for the family and was also given a lovely little soap egg, which I shall cherish. For a eggless arrangement I have collected a few daisies.
Last year I bought a pack of six daisies and planted three in individual small pots, and the remaining three in a pot where Tulip Cabanna was planted. Yesterday I went out for a longer cycle ride for several months, taking just over an hour. However pleased I was with my increasing level of fitness, I was a little saddened to see, when putting away my bicycle, that one of the tulips had shed its petals.
Its structure is unusual with bits of petals growing out of the surface, but generally the bleeding of one colour into the other, is worth looking at, and this inspired me to lay out the petals around todays vase of those very daisies growing above the tulip bulbs have been flowering since well before the tulips emeged.
The greenery is from the tips of Salix Mount Aso, which I shall need to cut back fairly soon in any case. I just wanted to check the quality of the photographs from my new camera, and zoomed in on the the bottom three daisies in the above photograph by cropping, and thus a second crop. Cropped further, the tubular shape of all those individual petals is revealed. I don't think I would have ever noticed this by eye alone. I found out a little more:
I have just read that in the 'Compositae Family' many flowers are gathered together resembling a single flower. I also did not realise they were edible! And can be infused to make a tea. Since I am into 'botanical' teas I may well try a cuppa! probably mixed with mint.
Happy Easter Everyone.
Saturday, 16 April 2022
The fine weather yesterday with temperatures reaching just below 20 C with sunshine the whole day, as well as spending the whole day at a rendezvous day with our family walking around Avebury and up to Windmill Hill has at this moment obliterated from my mind all the gardening I may have done during the week. What I did not do was prepare for the hot day, and when I got back some of my plants needed a plunge in a bucket. The new peat free compost is a problem in terracotta pots. Is anyone else finding this so?
2. Looking around the garden, I feel I need more yellows to catch the light, I shall have to ponder that. Maybe I ought to just divide and place more of this lovely yellow Primula' Port and Lemon'. As the season advances the port is getting more dilute and the lemons stronger. It started flowering in December and the party is still going. Primula Port nearby in contrast is well drained and flowered only for a short time.
3. Looking cute just 'downstream' if the dwarf daffodil Hawera Narcissus 'Hawera' another triandus daffodil, but this time yellow, with many stems bearing five blooms, just along the same bed, is looking so cute.
4. Another yellow hiding but growing out of the wall:
Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' may not be one of the fancy ones, but its simplicity I admire, and I brought a piece of this from my previous garden.
6. As for this golden lady Tulip Clusiana Chrysantha: she has been groomed to perfection by the ladybird, no greenfly on this one for sure!
Thursday, 14 April 2022
Monday, 11 April 2022
Whether this was right or wrong, it is too late now, and the flowers with swollen seed capsules are the basis of this week's vase. I found before that choosing 'maturing stems' meant the flowers did not flop. A few stems of Pittosporum Tom Thumb, Carex comans bronze form, and the nicely cut leaves of Geranium malvifolium made up its companions. Not altogether as spring like as I could gather from the garden, but without any pollen, they will be able to stay on the mantle shelf for a few days without causing us any hay fever etc.
Saturday, 9 April 2022
One of my two talented nephews took up wood carving recently as a hobby and has found his niche in hand carving spoons. These are just a few of his recent ones.
I was absolutely delighted to received a little spoon early in the new year, and have just had it on my corner shelf in the kitchen admiring its beauty. It is the first spoon that he has made in Olive Wood.