Being busy with other things over the weekend meant I still had not got the bulbs planted, but I did sort through them and wrote out the labels in readiness, so on this cloudless but chilly day I finally got them planted. I struggled, however, to determine which way up to plant some of the allium (just little white blobs) and the Gladioli colvilli ‘The Bride’, whilst the Allium carinatum pulchellum had clearly sprouted already in their bag and were now distinctly shrivelled. Perhaps that will teach me to not to leave it so long next year! I also have some ‘cheap’ supermarket tulips to plant up in pots, but the perceived wisdom is to leave it till November to plant tulips so I don’t need to beat myself up over those.
On my way back to the house after my planting session today I noticed the way the wisteria leaves were preparing to fall, showing off the lovely contrasting veins and allowing the sunlight to permeate their new translucency. I have always pruned this wisteria to 6 buds in the summer and 2 in the winter, but have read recently (Gardeners’ World?) that summer pruning can be to 2 buds as well – I wonder if this would keep the new whippy stems better in check? It always puts on such a lot of growth after the mid summer prune that I wonder whether to postpone it a little in future years – but there again, it flowered so gloriously that I think I will leave well alone.
The Golfer occasionally takes a walk around the garden too (more often than not looking for me), but I was a little puzzled when he found me today and asked if the snowdrops were coming into flower. I know the weather has produced some anomalies this year but this sounded unlikely highly; on investigation it turned out they were cyclamen… Oh well, I don’t know my bogies from my eagles and albatrosses…….