What an exciting time it is in the garden just now. There has been another 25 mm of rain since I last posted and with warmer, sunnier days the growth happening in the garden beds is nothing short of miraculous. A week ago ornamental grasses were shorn like a ‘short back and sides’ and already they have doubled in size. Every day there must be an early morning foray into the garden to forensically examine each plant and even bare patches to see where new growth has appeared, and to wonder what tiny leaves might turn into as they grow larger. Often they’re weeds, but sometimes a promising-looking shoot leaves me wondering how it arrived there in the first place.
My carefully planted and nurtured seeds, however, remain obstinately invisible despite my looking at them several times a day. If just one germinated, that would be a start…..
One: Loropetalum ‘Plum Gorgeous’, above, is living up to its name just now with a cosmic burst of vivid flowers. I think it has revelled in the rainy weather and is putting on an extra special show this spring.
Two: Primula vulgaris, given to me by a friend, has also enjoyed the damp weather. A common plant in the Northern hemisphere, it was, along with English bluebells, a favourite of my English mother. I have it growing in a spot where, hopefully, it will be safe during the hot weather to come. I’ll be happy if it multiplies. Here, it is accompanied by Heuchera ‘Caramel’. The heuchera is still waiting to be a caramel colour: I think it’s recovering from frosts.
Three: A trio of species tulips. As with my narcissi shown in my last post, I was worried that these bulbs would rot in the wet weather, but they seem to be quite happy, although they didn’t multiply as much as I hoped.
Four: I featured Narcissus ‘Hoop Petticoat’ last time when there was only one, and I can’t resist another photo when there are more, making a happy little group in the early morning sun.
Five: Dutch Iris ‘Angel Wings’ with a backdrop of Coleonema (more commonly known as pink Diosma)
Six: Narcissus ‘Thalia’, so pure and white. A dainty daffodil appearing in the garden for the first time.
With Covid spreading its evil tentacles around, we are still in lockdown in New South Wales. According to our Premier, we haven’t reached the peak yet, and worse is to come. The hospital system is being stretched, as has been the case in countries all over the world, and I fear for the health and well-being of our frontline workers for whom this time has been especially hard and exhausting.
Our garden has been a solace for us: a place to work, relax and enjoy. We are so very lucky to have it.
I’m joining in with the Propagator, and as ever, if you’d like to see what other gardeners have growing in their gardens, pop over to his blog and check them out.
Weather today: Sunny. 1 – 25 C.