Younger Daughter’s wedding, for which I am providing posies and buttonholes, is at the end of April, only six weeks ahead, but I will not be using the batch of Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’ which were planted in the greenhouse in the middle of November. Similarly, it is unlikely that the blue ‘Dr Fokker’ planted inside at the same time will still be flowering. Whether the alternatives, batches planted inside in mid December and mid January and those planted outside at the same three times, will be flowering by then is anyone’s guess as the longer hours of daylight and milder temperatures should provide a big boost to growth but don’t come with a guarantee.
Also outside are batches of Narcissi ‘Bridal Crown’, Muscari armeniacum and species Tulip linifolia, all planted at intervals. There are a few spikes of narcissi showing, some with flower buds, and whilst the many of the muscari are in bud the tulips are only just beginning to poke their noses above ground. Strangely, there is little difference in progress across the three batches of each. I have visions of The Poppet with a basket of muscari but they may all be over and done with by the end of April leaving her basket empty…
Meanwhile, in the greenhouse the Winter Sunshine sweet peas are happily putting on visible inches of growth, the later ordered batch of ‘Scarlet’, ‘White’ and ‘Mid Blue’ sown in mid November having virtually caught up with ‘Opal’ and ‘Navy’, sown six weeks earlier. Bred to grow in lower light levels these are meant to be capable of flowering in late March or April, so perhaps I could allow myself a little optimism with these.
By the end of April there could be other red, white and blue contenders in the spring garden which might contribute to the occasion – aquilegia and bluebells, perhaps, and certainly some greenery – but till then I need to keep every option open!