Although we’ve had a return to really cold evenings/nights and frosts this last couple of days the plants are slowly waking up. The aconites are a lovely carpet of yellow in the churchyard with the odd sprinkling of white snowdrops and in my garden my species Crocus have started opening when they get a hint of sun.
They are both Crocus tommasinianus, the paler lilac-blue/white is the species and the darker reddish purple one is, I think, “Ruby Giant” although it could be “Whitwell Purple”, not sure but both really welcome after this winter which has seemed both wetter and colder than usual. It probably hasn’t been an unusual winter at all but it seems to have dragged on and on.
We’re looking forward to getting some work done at the nursery even if it’s only barrowing bark down to repair the paths………….sad!
Another American import, also from Slightly Different, is Hemerocallis Spacecoast Butterfly Effect. This is a year older than last weeks plant but it too has now settled in and is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve just sown seeds from some crosses an American fellow hemeroholic sent me, most take three years from seed to flower but I’m willing to wait!!
I bought this Hemerocallis “Mexicali Blues” from Slightly Different Nursery in North Carolina in 2014. I find from experience that US grown daylilies need a season or so to settle down in our cooler climate to really give of their best and Mexicali Blues has now made itself at home in the UK and was stunning in the summer of 2017. It has made quite a substantial clump and I have every hope that I can divide it after flowering this summer.
fades to cream!
As it’s so cold and I really don’t feel like going out into the gatden I thought I’d look back at some of the plants that did well last year.
As they say on TV, “In no particular order…”
Paeony Coral Charm, I bought this on a whim (isn’t it always the way??) from Avondale Nursery at Bagington where I was taken by my sisters as my birthday treat. It’s really worth a trip, they have a large range of plants from Anemones though to Zantedeschia and all sorts in between. I bought Aruncus, Geum, Sanguisorba & Veronicastrum to name a few, then spotted the Paeony at such a good price I couldn’t resist it. I really just liked the name & had no idea of its habit of opening coral then fading to a delectable cream. Double bubble!!
to be continued….
Happy New Year to everyone!
Just a reminder that summer will come again, meanwhile snuggle down by the fire with the seed or plant catalogues and plan for it!