We have had another week of rain, with little bits of sunshine, but not very much, in between downpours of torrential proportions. Needless to say , parts of my garden are flooded once more. There is plenty of colour though in the half that isn’t too wet and the woodland is still looking rather lovely.My six for this week are as follows….
Tiny species tulips are nearly opening on the scree, if they are waiting for the sunshine before they open, they might be waiting for a long time!
Also on the scree are lots of Scilla sibirica which have increased each year by seeding. Lots have jumped over the edge of the scree and are now beginning to colonise the rest of the rockery. Love the blue colour.
At last, just a week late, is Narcissus St. Patrick’s Day. Sometimes it openes on time on March 17th, but not this year, maybe our cold spell in February held it back a bit, its worth waiting for though.
Just by the archway into the woodland is Brunnera Jack Frost which is increasing nicely with lots of lovely blue flowers.
In the woodland Anemone blanda are now flowering, other woodland anemones are just starting, hopefully by next week I’ll be able to include those. These are in a patch of sunlight when it decides to honour us with its company!
A very recent purchase which has now been planted on the rockery in a spot where the rainwater runs down between the rocks, is Primula rosea, a primula which loves heavy clay and lots of moisture. On the label it says it wants well drained soil, but my Primula book, The plant lovers guide to Primulas, by Jodie Mitchell says that it delights in wet, boggy soil and thrives in the wettest places. I think I will follow my book. If it likes where I have put it I will collect the seed and increase it as I have lots of wet boggy soil in the rest of the garden!
Those are my 6 for this week. The forecast is for more rain for the next week, I think I might need to start building an ark! Thankfully though , the plants seem to be enjoying it all, maybe at last I have learnt to plant the right plants here. Thanks again to Jim, who organises us at Garden Ruminations, do pay him a visit to see what is happening in gardens around the world.