And still the storms continue. I think I said this last week…
I’m not a person who gets the blues very often and I soon shake them off, but this interminable weather is really starting to affect my mood. Not being able to visit a Cornish garden in spring is torture, and I can’t even get out into my own garden to help lift my spirits. And my house has developed another leak, which in context with those poor souls in Shropshire who have been badly flooded is a very minor irritation. Having lived previously in both Shrewsbury and Ludlow I know how fast those rivers can fill up when it rains in the Welsh hills.
Fortunately on Thursday we had a respite and the sun shone, the sky was blue and the sea sparkled. And I had a wander around my patch to check all was well. As well as it could be after the rain and wind.
More crocuses, this time outside where some of them put on a brave face and opened up to the sun. The only one I can name is the white one which is Jeanne d’Arc.
The green Hellebore which hides its pretty face is continuing to bloom. I’m not sure what those black dotty things are, pattern? Or bugs…? I shall have to investigate.
In one of the raised beds I noticed that the Forget-me-nots are beginning to flower, this patch is in the sunniest spot of the garden in winter, it is nice to notice that when the sun does shine more and more of the gravel garden is gaining the benefit. Alas all my sempervivums appear to have rotted away. Can’t blame them and I should have potted them up and brought them indoors, but they are supposed to be hardy! I guess even the hardiest of plants can’t put up with all this wet. Allium leaves are appearing (these are from last year so I don’t know quite how many will return) and hidden amongst them I found a little Iberis sempervirens Nevina which I planted out in the autumn, bravely flowering already though I need to think about a better location.
I have a few pots of Hyacinths, mostly old bulbs which seem to produce less flowers over the years and resemble a bluebell flower, I remove them from their pots once the leaves have died down and then replant them in the autumn along with other old bulbs. I notice that one pot has a very healthy parsley plant growing in it, why does parsley self-seed so easily and yet when I purposely plant it in a pot it fails to germinate? I bought a new Hyacinth for this year ‘Woodstock’ which is a pretty dark purple colour. The pot has been outdoors all winter, but as the bulbs have started to flower I have brought it inside the conservatory for the weekend so it doesn’t get damaged by the storm.
Whilst outside I noticed that my Gertrude Jekyll rose is putting out shoots. I am trying to convince it to grow as a climber so I can cover a fence at the back of the garden.
Finally Narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle’ has begun flowering. This double golden-yellow dwarf flower is often flushed with green and forms a lovely clump, though here it usually has its head hanging down as it is buffeted in the wind. I have a few clumps dotted around the garden, but this one in the shady woodland border is always the first to flower. I have just noticed that it has white tips.
Unusual to get five Saturdays in February and this date won’t come around for another four years. I wonder what the weather is going to be like by then? Maybe we’ll all be creating bog gardens! As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world.
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