One of the things you don’t really want to happen is for plants to turn up unannounced in December and expect to be planted. At least the ground isn’t frozen today, as it has been some years when things have arrived out of the blue, usually special offers from ‘Gardeners’ World’, as were the poppies and astrantia that surprised me this week. Also a surprise, but a very welcome one, was this Clematis ‘Rebecca’, although it was fractionally less of a surprise as I had opened an email minutes earlier informing me that it was on its way.
It was a Christmas present from A, whose nephew had married the daughter of clematis grower Raymond Evison, the ‘Frecky Beccky’ after whom Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ was named. Now she is a married woman, Raymond has named this new Clematis ‘Rebecca’ after his daughter, and knowing how fond I am of my ‘Freckles’ A bought me the new clematis to complete the story. What a lovely gesture! My original ‘Freckles flowered non-stop for three years before meeting its demise, and although I have not yet been as fortunate with its replacement, I am ever hopeful to see those lovely freckles again on a regular basis.
I only spent about three quarters of an hour planting these new acquisitions and the two hellebores that I may or may not have bought from Batsford last week, but it has left me completely exhausted. I missed the opportunity yesterday of linking my post title (‘Taken for Granted’) to my current health niggle, as I NEVER take my good health and energy for granted, despite being one of those annoyingly healthy people who is always active. Although the infection seems to have cleared, it has left me feeling remarkably weak, perhaps not surprising after not having eaten for 4 days. Pottering at home and getting lots of sleep is not the same as even short forays outside as I found when we popped out to the shops yesterday. It has come as quite a shock, reminding me that I am not as invincible as I perhaps thought, although only the Golfer has had the effrontery to link it to the too recent advent of the Big Birthday – all downhill from now?! Thank you to all wishing me a speedy recovery – I feel a bit of a fraud as it was ‘only’ a stomach bug, but now I am a vulnerable old person…. well anyway, it genuinely is a pleasure to be part of such a friendly and caring community, so thanks Folks!