There is a tale of two skimmias to be told but first the tale of the headless chicken.
Finding myself with some spare time I set off to do some weeding. Yep, I was definitely going to tackle the patch by the gooseberries. But on the way I walked past the borders where I spotted some ground elder. No, stay focused. Oh dear, there’s some enchanter’s nightshade running along the wall behind the roses. I’d better do that first. And then there was the creeping cinquefoil, leading on to creeping buttercup, which was nudging up nicely to the hairy bittercress and then the oxalis came into view. Celandine was popping up everywhere and I wasn’t anywhere near the gooseberries. In headless chicken mode I ricocheted from one weed to another, feeling determined and feeble in equal measure. A small dent was made and the fight will go on. But for now here are six delights from the garden.
The first of the skimmias, ‘Kew Green’. As far as I can understand this is a male skimmia, with no berries. Which was fine by me, I wanted it for the lime green pannicles and to fill the space left by the removal of the ailing choysia. So here it is, much loved by the bees at the moment and I’m happy. Now. But this is the second skimmia I have bought, The first, which came to me as skimmia ‘Kew Green’ went on to produce a few berries. Curious, I thought. Is it really ‘Kew Green’. I really did want KG so I bought the second, which I really think is KG. Are you keeping up?
This is the first skimmia, which purports to be ‘Kew Green’. Now it is in flower I can see it has smaller flowers which are white. It looks fine, I don’t mind it, but it doesn’t look like ‘Kew Green’ to me. I’d be interested to know if it is possible to identify it at all?
I was very delighted to see that my leucojum aestivum, aka summer snowflake, are finally in flower. I dutifully stuck to the recommended planting distances and now I have five rather lonely looking snowflakes. Here’s hoping they will clump up over time.
Last week’s ‘World Friendship’ tulips have been joined by something that was meant to be ‘White Triumphator’ but which doesn’t look very lilly flower like to me. More gardening mysteries!
I’ve planted out the first of the autumn sown ammi visnaga. This is the row that will run alongside the wild blackberries that I inherited. I have a picture of this in my mind, let’s see if it materialises.
The promise of things to come. Such a decision to make. I’ve chosen the allium nigrum. I was tempted by the buds of apple blossom or the seed heads of an early flowering hellebore that are on the point of bursting but I am most excited by these. I’ve previously planted ‘Mount Everest’ but they seem to disappear too easily so this year I’m trying nigrum. I can’t wait to see them in flower.
The second early potatoes are in, I’ve pruned the hydrangeas, I’ve sown a few dwarf french beans – inside on the kitchen window sill and the sunflower challenge has begun. It’s a busy time. I hope you are keeping well and finding some time to garden. Mr P is doing sterling work keeping SOS going. He’s well ahead of me with his seeds, leading the charge into the growing season. Stop by and take a look.