We have had better weather this week except for Wednesday when once again it was torrential rain which made gardening totally impossible, I even rang the gardener and asked him not to come. Since then though it has been a lot more warm and sunny but with frosts at night. The flowers keep coming, irrespective of what the weather is doing, so here are my six for this week.
No 1 Camellia.
All my other camellias are now starting to flower, this one has been planted in too much shade away from the others, but I can hardly see it so must move it as soon as it has finished flowering.
No 2 Fritillaria meleagris.
The snakeshead fritillaries are getting under way, more and more opening each day, hopefully soon have enough to give them a post of their own.
No 3 Scilla sibirica.
The tiny scillas on the alpine scree look so lovely in the sunshine, such a gorgeous blue! They seed about quite merrily but I am happy for them to do so.
No 4 Terracotta ridge tiles.
They say that every cloud has a silver lining, these are some of the tiles that came off my roof, but look at all the crocks I now have for drainage in my big pots when I repot them!
More from round the other side of the house. I’m sure I could do something artistic with them on the alpine scree, again forming superb drainage for something.
No 5 Anemone sylvestris.
The wood anemones are certainly spreading in the woodland by the fritillaries, they go so well together.
No 6 Corydalis solida.
Corydalis solida has done even better this year, seedlings are being found a good 10 ft from the parent plants. I must remember to give them a good mulch of leaf mould so that the seeds have a nice seedbed to fall into.
Those are my six for this week, yesterday was such a wonderfully warm sunny day, I was working in the garden without the usual coat, deadheading the hydrangeas. That is a start to all the cutting back, loads more needs doing but I think we are going to get plenty of fine weather so I can pace myself for the forseable future. The bamboo, cornus, fuchsias, ferns, willow and clematis will all get done eventually, but not necessarily in that order, I think the clematis are next on the list!
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Haha, yes, plenty of crocks! Thanks for sharing some of your spring beauties, Pauline – what a shame about your torrential rain on Wednesday. It was wet here too but just persistent, and I had saved up some indoor gardening tasks to keep me busy 😉
I caught up on the housework on Wednesday Cathy, when we had so much rain it caused flooding down here. Lovely sunshine since but with a cold east wind now. I spring cleaned the conservatory yesterday and went to bed shattered!
So sad to see the broken tiles, but what a very good perspective on their new use! I hope you have a good roofer! Our first home when we moved from New York, had a steep slate roof. Really wonderful, but we did worry how repairs could be made if needed.
The roofer has done a really good job Jayne, thank you, I was lucky to find that he could come straight away. The old tiles will certainly be put to good use and will have another life!
Yes, always good to get crocks, we have a windfall too. Lovely blooms, especially that delicate pink camellia, just gorgeous. Loving the fritillaria, yours are way ahead of mine,xxx
The crocks will be very useful Dina, but I think they will last me a lifetime! Fritillaries are doing well, lots more opening each day, more photos will be taken! x