It would be perfect planning to have six photos about six things I have learnt this week but I don’t. I have a few general observations and then six unrelated photos. First observation is that no matter how many tree seedlings I pull up there will always be another thirty ready to come through. Second observation: there is no rhyme or reason to what germinates and when. The gardener can only have a go – well that’s the decision I’ve reached. I was up to four lupin seedlings, now down three. Two courgettes have germinated, four are still lounging around. I could go on. Last observation: I am an impatient gardener and having more time on my hands has made me worse. The roses have been in bud for days, possibly even weeks now. Why haven’t they opened? Because it’s not time – in this garden. Here’s my six for the week.
Most of the tulips are going over but the camassias have opened up. I see now that I need a good late tulip in pale pink or possibly apricot to work with them. Suggestions very welcome. These are, I think, camassia leichtlinii subsp. suksdorfii caerulea group. (I’ve also learnt that I don’t keep perfect records, I will live with that). I think I chose these because they are the tallest. This is their first year in the garden and I think they’ve made a good start.
I do still have tulips in the garden, these are the ones that edge the potato patch and a few more colours have through. ‘Sarah Raven’ has now been joined by ‘Ballerina’ and I think ‘Lasting Love’. Which leaves ‘Mariette’ to come. The colour combination is very unlike anything I have in the main garden and although ‘Ballerina’ is so popular I think I prefer ‘Hermitage’ an orange tulip that was featured on the Prop’s site last week.
As day follows night so alliums follow tulips and ‘Purple Sensation’ is just beginning to open.
This geranium is in a very sunny spot. It’s an unknown variety that came into garden with a batch of Geranium sanguineum ‘Album’. Clearly not ‘Album’ but still welcome.
Some straight forward seed sowing success. Fred’s dianthus seeds. I sprinkled them on a half tray of peat free compost, lightly covered with vermiculite and they germinated. Soon I will have fun potting them on. Thank you Fred.
The roses are moving in the right direction and, truth be told, there have been one or two heralds of the joys to come. Here’s ‘Natasha Richardson’. She’s in the border that needs a makeover but she will definitely be staying.
Sunny skies have given way to cloud here today, which is some relief. I was ferrying trays of seedlings in and out of the greenhouse all week. Some will still come out to harden off but the new seedlings can probably stay inside. For more gardening news, so much more preferable to the other kind, take a trip to The Propagator’s blog and have an enjoyable read.