A very sharp shower earlier this evening heralded a small amount of expected and hoped-for rain. I’m hoping for rain on two counts. One: the weather has been unseasonally warm and two: another day’s respite from painting the outside of the house, a project that was started this week which is proving rather exhausting.
Spring is well underway and each day there is more to enjoy in the garden. Here are six blooms/veg that can be found in my garden just now.
One: Narcissi ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ and ‘Porteous’ which are almost the last narcissi to bloom this Spring, not counting the ones that obstinately refuse to bloom at all, for reasons best known to themselves. The non-bloomers don’t fall into any of the categories (overcrowding, incorrect feeding, cutting or tying leaves too early) usually reserved for daffs that don’t flower, and I’m unable to work out why this has happened. Luckily, there’s enough happening in the garden to direct my attention to other areas.
Two: More species tulips. On the left is Tulipa gesneriana ‘Kurdica’ which hails from the rocky hillsides of Iraq, and on the left, Tulipa clusiana ‘Tinka’ which has primrose yellow petals inside, seen when the flower opens in the sun, and dark pink on the outside, more noticeable as the flowers close when the sun begins to set. These tulips don’t mind being hot, so they are perfect for this climate.
Three: Not a native of Peru as its name would suggest, but from the western Mediterranean, Scilla peruviana Hughii is coming into flower. I received this as a replacement for an unvailable bulb on a mail order, and it might just be an improvement on the original order – something I’ve long forgotten about.
Four: This is the flower of Lavandula pinnata ‘Sidonie’ which is borne on stems up to 130 cm tall. It has a unique ferny leaf structure but cannot survive frost, so I’ll have to grow it as an annual. Hopefully it will spread itself around the garden and reappear each year. If not, I’ll propagate from cuttings as these flowers are perfect for filling spaces above the throng.
Five: Grevillea ‘Lady O’ is covered with vibrant spindly flowers and is a haven for bees. It flowers all year round but is even more floriferous in spring.
Six: Just in case anyone thinks I only grow flowers in my garden, here are two veg photos – broad beans and broccoli, planted during the first weeks of lockdown. Broccoli straight from the garden is so delicious and tender it can be eaten raw. Well, the stalks can. Of course I have an over abundance. It often seems to be a problem when growing vegetables.
Those are my six for this week. As ever, I’m joining in with the Six on Saturday theme, skippered by the admirable Propagator. Follow this link to see what others are doing in their gardens.
Weather today: 13 – 22 degrees C, cloudy and sunny. Rain forecast for tomorrow!
Happy gardening, everyone.