Normally I would start with the good, but not in this case. I think I’ll start with the bad, then the ugly and end on a high with the good. When I went into the woodland this morning I was greeted with a sight that I never wanted to see again, Fritillaria meleagris flowers ripped from their stalks!
All along both sides of the path were signs that something or someone had been here before me, ripping them apart but not seeming to eat any of them. Mr. P hasn’t been seen or heard for a couple of years now so I don’t think I can blame him. is it the same something that has been digging everywhere too, mainly by Cyclamen hederifolium corms and having a nibble?! I’m thinking squirrels, no proof though.
The other day it was warm enough to sit in the conservatory and have a good rest after my session of gardening. However, over in the left hand corner of the garden, behind all my daffodils, I can see through to what was the old village school but is now a private house. I felt I was sitting in a goldfish bowl, I’m private in the summer when all the leaves are on the trees, but all winter I have felt very exposed! A white minibus has been on their drive for quite some time now and it looks as though it is parked in the corner of my garden.
This is the Ugly part of my heading. Behind the daffodils is the ditch that runs between the back garden and the woodland and behind the daffodils in the middle distance is a narrow lane which is never used by the farmer to get to his fields, so the minibus is quite a way from me, but even so I don’t want to see it thank you. I have looked round my garden and found a Camellia which is looking a bit cramped and can be moved I think to form a screen, I will put is on the “to do” list for Derek! There is room for it behind my daffodils and should hide the minibus as well as give me my privacy back in the winter.
I’ll end on a high with the Good, it doesn’t take much to make me smile when I go into the garden and this morning it started with a pot of crocus waiting to be planted on the rockery.
A lot of my crocus have already gone over, but these just looked so beautiful, such a deep rich colour, just waiting for any passing bee.
Wood anemones, Anemone nemerosa, are carpeting the woodland floor in one area, they are spreading nicely without any help whatsoever from me and turn their little faces to the sun when it shines through the bare branches.
In a different area I have planted Anemone nemerosa Robinsoniana which is now starting to spread, the flowers are a pale lilac in colour and look lovely between the narcissus. I have some doubles on the little hill at the end of the woodland, but they are just coming through now, they always seem to be a bit later than the straight species.
I’ll finish with a view across the rockery to the narcissus in the corner. The little shrub is Prunus Kojo no mai. You may remember I had one previously here but it grew much too big, well over 6 ft. It was chopped down and this little shrub is a sucker which has grown on its roots quite a way from where the original one was. It is so pretty it has to stay, but will be kept within bounds to make sure this one doesn’t grow like its parent!
It didn’t take much to cheer me up again!