One February day
|Plunged Ribes laurifolium intermingles with evergreen variegated daphne
I took a spin around the garden with my camera the other morning and was delighted to find so many plants starting to move. We have had rather a good Winter and have missed all the more extreme weather events that the rest of the country has suffered. So much for our southern relatives anxiously inquiring how we are getting on when for example they have been buried under snow when we have had hardly any.
All but two of the pictures were taken in the same half hour last week. I have taken the liberty of giving a few cultural notes and links to my articles about them.
1. Ribes laurifolius
A bit of a cheat. My lovely flowering currants spend January in my unheated glasshouse in their pots. As soon as February weather allows the flowers to start opening it comes outside and is placed to thicken up the permanent tub display by the back door. When flowering is over by May it is stood in my nursery area for the rest of the year! Bunches of extra cuttings root very well at this time Read more
|Flooded for six weeks
Its been wet. It was the same last year and my daffodils did remarkably well. Daffodils tolerate these conditions but I am anxious for the water to go.
Fortunately there is no iron chlorosis sometimes temporarily induced by cold wet conditions. My theory is that the downward drainage of water is sufficiently speedy that it is still charged with dissolved oxygen. Three previous daffodil articles are linked in the blog theme column.
3. Garrya elliptica
|Winter box through a curtain of catkins
The mild Winter has suited garrya this year and I have at last persuaded Brenda not to train it back in Summer when the buds start to form.The sarcocca effuses the garden with a copious scent. My better half agrees but considers it sickly. You can't win. I wrote about garrya here
4. Daphne 'Jaqueline Postill'
Individually the flowers are not dainty but the bunches densely covering shiny evergreen foliage look superb. The beautiful scent is almost as strong as the Winter box and Brenda approves. Indeed it's her favourite plant and the flowers last for weeks. Every garden should have one!
5. IpheonThis is early because it has been in my unheated greenhouse. Having built up strength from feeble purchased bulbs by spending it's first Winter in my greenhouse this is no longer necessary and I have now strong clumps flowering from March in my garden. It is useful to start some early in the greenhouse to get flowers now. I have written about my 'iPhone plant' before.
|Jessie is my favourite ipheon
6. Jasmine nudiflorum
|Can easily look scruffy
7. Chimonanthus praecox
|First flowers in ten years
8. Narcissus romieuxii
I have grown it as a pot grown alpine as allegedly it must be almost bone-dry between dying down and early August and I provide these conditions in my greenhouse. Bone hardy it will survive 15 degrees centigrade of frost and is ideal for our outdoor display table. I shall try some completely outside on a dry site this year.
9. Eranthis hyemalis
The same February day we crossed the hump back bridge over the canal to the village of Thornton. We admired this abundance of Winter aconites thriving in the dry dense shade of an old tree. A lovely lady stopped her 4 X 4 and explained her gran had planted a few tubers thirty years earlier
|Almost green flowers
|This yellow variety will be better in March
|Winter aconites don't naturalise like this on my own sandy soil
|Grows well in fescue grass
My previous post about Cyclamen coum and my piece about planting in wet soil
|Lovely large strongly scented snowdrop
Yesterday I thrust my spade in very deeply and three have become twenty. These new clumps each of a dozen bulbs rectify the situation.
I wrote about snowdrops last year