This week the weather on Monday and Tuesday turned out lovely, despite cloud coming and going. I should have popped down to the beach, but the garden called. So much to tidy up at this time of year.
(1) A gardener’s lament. Bessara elegans: Type: Tender Perennial Corm. Common Name: Coral Drops. These tiny corms were purchased three years ago and planted in a pot. The first summer the grass-like foliage appeared, but no flowers. The second year I was excited to notice 3 or 4 flower spikes appear, only to see them get munched by the slimy assassins. This year I placed the pot on a bench outside and watched the foliage grow again. Then some flower shoots with tiny buds. I checked it carefully for S&S and all was well. When a storm was forecast I brought the pot into the conservatory. The flower spikes increased. The buds swelled. At last the beauties I have been waiting for with 6-8 flowers per spike. Often gardening is a game of patience, which I am not particularly good at. Bessera Elegans is not frost hardy, so make sure to bring inside over winter and put back out as soon as the last frosts have vanished. Problem? I wish I had planted more bulbs!
(2) Remaining in the conservatory my next choice this week is an Echeveria – possibly ‘Purple Pearl’ ? – this plant has grown sideways and now hangs over the pot which is a bit concerning as I keep waiting for the stem to break! Question to those of you who grow succulents, should I cut the head off myself and attempt to replant it? There are roots making their way down along the stem. Meanwhile I do have a few babies.
(3) Moving outdoors now to the herb bed where we find the Garlic Chives. I planted these a few years ago, but every year they got covered by the Forget-me-nots, then the Nasturtiums and Borage and they never flowered. This year I cleared everything away from them and replanted them at the edge of the bed and voila – flowers! Very pretty and the bees think so too.
Of course the nasturtiums have come back, but fortunately the chives are taller now!
(4) And talking about Nasturtiums. I have never needed to plant any as there are plenty self-seeded ones all over the back of the garden. Mainly orange, some yellow and this one,
but I do admit to sowing some dark red ones a few years ago and sometimes one or two reappears. There are so many lovely shades of nasturtiums, maybe I will grow more next summer.
(5) By the edge of the raised herb bed is a wonderful annual decorative Painted Sage or Salvia horminum. For some reason it self-seeded on the wrong side of the bed, in the shale of the path. I left it to do its thing, though occasionally I do tread on it. I did plant both pink and purple ones last year so it was so nice to see this reappear.
(6) And another look at Hydrangea ‘Vanille Fraise’ which has taken a while to get going in its new bed, but is now flowering beautifully.
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You are an horticulturalist par excellence. I so enjoyed looking at the fruits of your labours and expertise. Love your very apt title. 😃
Thanks Sylvia. I don’t know about the excellence though 😂
Your lead image of the Coral Drops with their shadows is stellar, Jude!
Thanks Jane! That’s a real compliment coming from you. The flowers are so delicate that no matter what I tried the background was too distracting. White card to the rescue! Turns a regular flower portrait into something more like fine art. Hope you are safe over there, saw the orange sky over SF on the news the other day, looks terrifying!
That’s a stunning photo of the Bessara. It was worth all the care you took to get it safely into flower.
I’m not so fond of plants that require so much effort! But the flowers certainly are beautiful.
The coral drops are just so beautiful and delicate. Well worth the patience, I’d say. I do love nasturtium! They bring such joyful colour to any part of the garden. Our has sneaked through the fence and climbed atop the neighbour’s hedge, giving it a crown of colour. which remiinds me, I need to take a photo of that before they give it a trim! I have not seen the painted sage before. That is very pretty indeed!
Yes nasturtiums do tend to clamber over everything! The painted sage is lovely. I am glad this one self-seeded.
Oh my Jude, those Coral Drops are gorgeous – especially as captured in your opening image. As for the rest, beautiful as always. Your rewards are commensurate with your efforts – both very impressive!
Thanks Tina. The white background worked well. Makes a completely different photo.
Bessera is a new, and very beautiful, plant to me. Your border in the last photo is looking really good
Thanks QG. I am very happy with that border, not so much with the raised beds. I need to do some rethinking over the winter months.
that first picture is splendid, good skills! i’ve only every sown nasturtium once, since then they just come back unaided. relentlessly so…
I wish my dark red ones would come back!
Great pictures of the ‘Coral drops’!
Thank you 😊
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