We’ve had a couple of days of rain and cold winds this week, but in between showers I’ve managed to get into the garden and finally finish pruning, feeding & mulching the roses. Some seeds were sown, and new plants potted up. While I was doing that my husband was working his way around the borders, weeding and generally tidying up. Although there’s no tall growth in the borders yet, the garden is looking heaps smarter than it did last week.
This small tree has grown faster and taller than I expected, but it won’t outgrow the space that it’s in. I think it’s probably just over 7′ tall at the moment, and to be honest, in need of a good prune. I’ve had a few attempts this week to photograph it, but the winds have been strong, and I wasn’t particularly happy about the results – no rich blue skies or a touch of backlighting to highlight the tiny blooms.
The buds of this flowering cherry are pink, and the flowers open to a blush-soft pink then turn white. It’s also a pretty sight in autumn when it’s leaves are rich in autumn colours.
Because of the winds (and I’ve got to tell you – they were bitterly cold!), I resorted to cutting off a stem and took it indoors to try to capture its prettiness.
I was torn between ‘Mikinori’ and this Camellia to be the star this week because I’ve been complaining for a good few years that this particular Camellia does not flower. Trees and shrubs have, over the years, grown up around it and I wondered if that was having a detrimental effect on it. Last week I noticed that it was covered in buds – but I’ve seen it like that in the past – and for whatever reason, the buds fell off and it failed to bloom. There was huge excitement a few days ago when I noticed a few buds starting to open, and when I went back to look at it yesterday I found this beautiful flower towards the back of the plant. Absolute joy!
It flowered at a time when I needed it and was a welcome distraction from the Coronavirus lockdown. It was just another little reminder that garden therapy is real and works a special magic, lifting the spirits and bringing a feeling of inner calm and happiness.
I’ve no idea what variety this is, I’m just happy to see a flower on it. The plant is full of rich fat buds, and I’m desperately hoping that they all bloom. Time will tell but right now I’m delighted with my one, beautiful flower!
Earlier in the week this little Glory of the Snow would have been my plant of the week, with its vivid blue blooms it is undoubtedly one of the stars of the season. Sadly, it was overtaken by the two above.
My bulbs have not been planted in a full-sun area, and perhaps that’s why they’re generally a bit late in showing, but I’ve made a note in my garden journal to add them to one of the sunnier borders nearer the top of the garden, where I hope they will in time spread and create a larger display than I have now. They deserve a better place to shine.
The Kaufmanniana tulip ‘Shakespeare’ popped open this week. It’s described as having “salmon-red petals, blushed with yellows, lighter in the interior” which seems to be pretty accurate. The petals haven’t opened yet, but I hope to be able to get a few photographs when they do.
Hyacinth ‘Pink Pearl’
The intensity of the colour of this Hyacinth surprised me, to the extent that I had to go out and check the label. I had expected a slightly lighter, softer shade, but soft this is not. Perhaps it was just that the light was so poor that morning, and it was shining out – I don’t know, but it certainly adds a vivid splash to the spring pots display. It still has a bit of growing to do, and I daresay that it will have its portrait taken again within another few days.
I grew Campanula portenschlagiana, the Dalmatian bellflower, from seed last year, with some going into the ground, and others to family and friends. What remained were tiny plants that I felt were a bit too small to put in the soil, so they languished in small pots outside the greenhouse until Thursday when I potted them on in the hope that they will grow over the following weeks and months. I’m surprised that they survived the wet winter, but time will tell how well they will perform.
That’s my selection this week. I hope you, your families and friends are all safe and healthy. Have a happy gardening weekend and remember the two-metre rule if you have to go shopping for essentials.
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All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.