Several plants have burst into bloom during the last week, some more of a surprise than others – how I could have missed the conversion from bulging bud to utmost perfection of Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’ I do not know, but isn’t she beautiful? So pure and white and unsullied – and with 6 or 7 younger siblings to follow. She was only planted twelve months ago so is obviously happy where she is – hurrah!
In the same hedge border bed, under the dwarf plum ‘Czar’ (also planted this time last year) the white Anemone blanda (top left) are pushing their way through with an odd flower bud evident here and there. I envisage a bank of them here in due course, recalling a visit to Birmingham Botanical Gardens some years ago when I first noticed the impact of a dense planting of them, albeit in mixed colours. There are other colours in the garden, a few supposedly pink (bottom left) under the magnolia, some blue (top right) in the blue & white border (disturbed by various upheavals at that end of the garden, and of course that enchanting carpet of Anemone nemerosa (bottom right) in the woodland. The latter has been spreading since the originals were planted way back in 2000, but now they are well established the rate of growth is much quicker. I don’t know how quickly the new blanda will spread as the pink and blue are only odd singletons, but at least their emergence rate looks promising.