It may have been wet for much of yesterday but that didn’t stop several rambles round the garden at various times of day. On the first ramble I noticed that Clematis ‘Rebecca’ was looking a little ragged and guessing who was responsible I wondered how they knew there was a flower three or feet above ground and how much effort it must have taken to climb the upright or the support netting or the clematis itself to get there – it’s not as if they move very quickly, is it? The final ramble, probably about half eight that evening, caught the brazen culprits in action, having the barefaced cheek to not even wait till cover of darkness! “Shall we eat out?” says one. “How about the Clematis Restaurant up the pole?” says another. “Ooh yes – I’ve heard rave reviews about some of the delicacies they serve there”, says the third. Alas, they were thrown out of the restaurant before they finished their first course and were last seen on a well trodden path nearby….
Today has been bright and sunny and allowed lots of catching up jobs like emptying pots, filling pots, cleaning pots and generally just being a bit potty. Rebecca may be looking a little worse for wear but today’s drier rambles and back and forth pot journeys have passed plenty of other less bedraggled blooms to make up for her demise. Her friend Josephine on the next post just gets better and better, opening row upon row of new frills:
I now have a handful of blooms of Anemone ‘Sylphide’, bought at the last minute from Sarah Raven along with dahlias and seeds; this was a definite for my wish list after having seen it several times in Christina’s Hesperides Garden. Unfortunately it also looks set to become another favourite of the local molluscs:
And I am definitely well pleased to have sweet peas in flower, as this is the first year I have really made an effort with them, These are ‘Purple Pimpernel’, a 99p trial packet from Thompson and Morgan, and were sown in October and overwintered. I have other sweet peas sown in January (a little further behind) and some trial ones from Which? Gardening sown in April. These Purple Pimpernel are a pretty two-tone purple, have really long stems and, true to form, smell beautiful…..