Due to family commitments I was unable to attend the early bulb show in Dunblane.. My, what is now an annual pilgrimage, had to be put off. However, I treated myself to buying a few in the green online. Whilst I probably saved myself a few pounds I was not able to source some from my wish list. There's always next year, right? One of my new drops. Galanthus Homersfield. Said to be a robust snowdrop and supposed to do well in heavier soils. All my new bulbs are now potted up and waiting to find homes in the ground when it thaws out a bit.
The sickly looking Leucothoe (L. fontanesiana Whitewater) has has a good mulch with some ericaceous compost in a bid to give the soil a bit of a boost. I mentioned last month that I suspect it may be the wet weather causing the chlorosis. When it has finished flowering I will give it a liquid feed and molly coddle it this year. I have read since that the cold can also induce chlorisis and in particular to some acid loving plants but since it had been quite mild in the lead up to me spotting it, I have ruled it out as the cause.
|Leucothoe fontanesiana Whitewater|
|Emerging Aconitum foliage|
I don't know about you but I find that weeding when the soil is moist far easier and I can make great inroads with getting on top of those pesky weeds. I note too that I seem to have far more nettle
|The evolving woodland|
My New Year's Resolution has fallen by the way side. Just as some of you predicted. Two months on from resolving not to fiddle around with plants nor buy any more for a while that particular resolution has been broken. Just please don't say you told me so! This latest project is just a small one and I suppose in some way I am not really fiddling around completely. Just removing one particular plant at the moment.
The small border by the side of the kitchen extension has gone through many changes in previous years. Year before last I planted a hardy Fuchsia (F. magellanica Alba) and although it performed well it never really did suit this spot. Its sprawling growth made it awkward to manoeuvre past it. I was looking for alternatives. I needed something with a bit of height to it, narrow and probably something a bit slower growing than the Fuchsia. Christmas and Birthday vouchers came in handy.
|Newly planted Amelanchier alnifolia Obelisk and Helleborus orientalis Anna's Red|
Blooms in the garden right now are pretty much the same as they were when I posted my bloom day post except the Hellebores are just now lifting their heads and beginning to add their own brand of winter cheer.
|Helleborus x ericsmithii Winter Moonbeam|
|Helleborus x sternii White Beauty with G. Wendy's Gold|
More Crocus too are getting in on the act too. I like the colour markings on this particular bulb.
|Crocus sieberi Spring Beauty|
Iris blooms seem everlasting this year.
I am patiently waiting the reappearance of the Erythroniums I planted last year. There is as yet no sign of them coming up. I will be gutted if I have failed in choosing the perfect spot for them. I thought I had done enough research. Jobs to be getting on with over the next month primarily will be to carrying on with the spring clean up and weeding. My lawns desperately need mowing but that
In the shed last week I realised that I have way too many redundant containers in many different shapes and sizes. When I say redundant what I really mean is that they were plonked in there and forgotten about. I am going to make an effort and try to put together some pretty summer displays. Already I have began collecting some plugs and bulbs. For the first time I am having a go at Petunias. The novelty of Petunia Phantom caught my eye. I have the perfect black pot for them too. I don't want to overwhelm my windowsills so it will probably be more practical to wait before I decide what else to grow.
My jobs in the garden this weekend will be to tidy up and prepare a spot for the new snowdrops. Check over and tie in the Honeysuckles. Already they are covered in bursting buds. Check the tree supports. Loosen the ties if need be. I could probably removed the hawthorn and rowan support altogether. They've been in for 2 years now. If I get round to it, edge the lawns, that should at least make them look tidier. Oh, and I almost forgot I need to repair a section of trellising on the front garden fence. It came down in one of the storms and needs refixing to it's support.
Do you have plans for the garden this weekend? What ever you are up to I hope it's a good one. Thanks for reading.