After all the snow comes the rain! A rather soggy few days so outdoor gardening is a bit restricted this weekend. Plenty to do in the glasshouse though, mainly repotting overwintering plants. Most seem to have survived the very cold spell but some are looking a bit ropey. I managed to take some photos between the rain showers this morning so here are my six –
1. It’s the time of year when parcels containing little plants start to arrive. I try to resist every year! These Phlox paniculata were a ‘freebie’. Good roots so they should grow away well, hopefully. I’ve put them in pots in the coldframe for now.
2. This clump of dwarf tulips come up every year. They’re sheltered behind a low wall but seem to be very early this year. The effect is slightly spoiled by the self-sown Heleborus foetidus seedling growing in the middle of them!
3. Clematis alpina ‘Francis Rivis’ grows by the front door. It only has a narrow strip of wall/trellis to grow up and faces north. It’s planted in a tiny bit of soil next to a gravelled part of the drive, maybe not ideal conditions. I don’t prune it and after about 15 years it was full of dead stems so……. three years ago I cut it to about six inches above the ground and gave it the talk. It sulked the first year and I thought I’d killed it then last year it started its ascent of the wall again and had a few flowers. It’s looking quite promising this year. Despite the snow the flowers have started to unfurl this week.
4. Pulmonaria seeds itself around the garden quite freely. It’s such a good value plant, looking good for most of the year. I’ve a couple of named varieties but they aren’t quite so advanced as this one which opened it’s first flowers this morning, despite the rain.
5. The sun came out very briefly and these beautiful Crocus nearly opened.
6. Every day new shoots start appearing. These are Dicentra spectabilis growing beneath a Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’.
That’s my six for this week, thanks for looking. Thanks also to our host for this great idea. Check out his and other Sixes at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/