As always when one goes away, even for a few days, there was a lot to sort out this morning and I nearly allowed myself to be swamped by some minor irksome things; fortunately I made it outside instead and did a bit of poking and prodding and trimming and picking. The winter squash shown above were a pleasant surprise, as although the lower right was an early arrival and deemed itself ready to be picked today the others came as a complete surprise when I lifted the leaves – being a complete novice with squash I was unsure about their likely progress but had been tempted by posts from other bloggers last year.
The white sweet pea ‘Aphrodite’ (trialled for Which? Gardening) was also a surprise and apart from the rather feeble ‘Navy Blue’ I showed a few weeks back is the only sweet pea worth sharing with you as the knee high ‘Bijou’ I have in pots have not been in the least bit floriferous. Aphrodite also had a perfume, which Navy Blue lacked. The phlox is one I have had for a few years and is labelled ‘Lilac Flame’ which I rather think is a misnomer, and has perhaps been muddled with the label-less lilac phlox I have had for a similar length of time:
The unseasonable Hellebore ‘Ellen Picotee’ has gone from strength to strength since those unexpected flowers appeared earlier this month and is now a late star of the woodland edge border, narrowly avoiding being affected by piles of brick and mortar mixing during construction of The Wall. It won’t be many months till we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of next year’s crop of hellebores and other late winter and early spring delights….. winter?! spring?! …. we are only just getting used to the idea that autumn is hiding round the next corner, waiting to jump out and surprise us!