Brrrr. A very chilly start to the new month. We’ve had several frosts here now and things are definitely looking more like winter. I’ve a whole weekend off and intend/hope to spend a fair bit of it in the garden. There’s still tulip bulbs to plant, half hardies to move in to the greenhouse, dahlias to dig up and store, leaves to gather (I’ve only a small garden, where do they all come from?) the list goes on……
Here’s my six – three plants I’ve not featured before, two repeaters and one tragedy.
1. Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Variegatum’. Another plant that looks good 365 days of the year. There’s no open ground where I want this plant and so it is in a large pot which, obviously, restricts its growth. It gets a reasonable number of flowers but they don’t seem to have a great deal of perfume to them. Very pretty though and the autumn/winter foliage is a gorgeous colour. It holds onto most of its leaves through the winter
2. I took pity on this un-labelled Hydrangea at a plant sale late last year. I repotted it and kept it in there until early summer. It wasn’t looking very happy and so I planted it out, gave it a stern talking too and watered it regularly as it’s under the Birch tree. It sulked for ages and then suddenly decided it wanted to live. It has three very late developing flowerheads which have faded to this lovely soft colour. I have high hopes for next year. The only problem is that I’m more a fan of lacecaps!
3. Another pity buy. The soil is very alkaline here so it’s rare to see Rhododendrons etc growing in the ground. I keep saying I mustn’t buy anything else that has to live in a pot. I must listen to myself! This one has bright pink flowers and adds a touch of the exotic in the spring. I love the promise in those big fat buds. I just tuck it in a corner for the rest of the year as it’s spread sideways rather a lot.
4. I’ve posted this one before – Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’. I’ve “trained” it up a piece of six foot trellis and, despite the frosts, it is still looking good and has lots of flowers.
5. I posted a photo of the trunk of my Birch tree last week. The sun was shining yesterday and the view up through it was too good to miss
6. Tragedy! Back in the summer I made an impulse purchase of Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ while on a nursery visit. It was about a foot tall and had several little ones. It spent the summer among other pots by the back door and looked very happy. With the cold weather looming I decided to move it to the greenhouse last week. As I picked the pot up the whole thing keeled over and onto the ground. Vine Weevils! Given the size of the ****** things I reckon they were in there when I bought it. At completely the wrong time of the year I’ve taken cuttings, replanted the original stem base with it’s tiny remaining root hairs, planted the top section (having removed a lot of leaves and I might take more off yet) and even planted the mid section of stem in desperation. The whole lot are now indoors in the warm. Fingers crossed something will survive.
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