This is a fatal time of year for me. The Christmas break takes me away from the garden and usually cold weather keeps me away. But SOS calls and even the briefest of walks around the borders reveals that sitting with one’s feet up is not what is needed. Those weeds are looking smugly healthy whilst other more valued plants are in need of a trim or a primp. There are more leaves to be taken off the hellebores and I spotted one or two wayward rose branches that need to be taken out. I don’t have the excuse of cold weather, in truth it has been quite mild here but the ground is very wet so I will have tread carefully. Here’s what else I found.
The clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’ is fattening up very nicely. It is growing rampantly in one direction but is a little bald in the other. One side receives much more sun and it is the sunnier side that is worse for wear. Perhaps it will re-balance this summer.
A favourite photo for this time of year, the new growth of the sedum is pushing through. The old stems can stay on a little longer though.
A visit to the greenhouse paid some dividends as the overwintering pelagonium had put out new flowers. It was quite a timely visit as the pellie is clearly sitting below a leak point from the roof and some of its leaves were gently rotting away. On the downside all the salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ cuttings have rotted off.
There was some more joy in the greenhouse. Fred, a long time SOSer had sent me seeds of anchusa capensis back in September and I sowed just a few then. Three of them came good and are currently looking promising. I’ll be sowing the rest in the coming months. Thanks Fred.
Always reliable in providing a great mound of evergreen structure is this sage. It came with the garden and every year I give it a thorough prune. The compost heap smells wonderful for few days.
Happy New Year to everyone, the long month of January has arrived and we need to keep our minds focused on the impending arrival of beautiful things. Seeds to be sown, spring bulbs to be enjoyed and where we would be without a good moan about weeds, slugs and snails. I’m ready for it all and so is The Propagator, he’s already sown his chilli seeds!