After nearly 1500 miles, two days at my Mum’s and 4 days on the road we are back home again, the Golfer having now seen the very northern parts of Scotland for the first time and me revisiting a route I last travelled alone as a very naive student on my Honda 50 in the early 70s. We were blessed with dry and mild weather but returned yesterday to be met with a thunderstorm minutes after arriving home and to find the garden had enjoyed an inch of rain in our absence. Thank you for comments on the blog while we were away which were read and appreciated whenever a signal permitted – normal service should be resumed as of now.
Thunderstorm over, I was able to ramble round the garden and see what was what and make a mental note of pressing jobs for today – pick tomatoes, deadhead, pick damsons, deadhead, seed sowing, prune wisteria and no doubt more deadheading. The first discovery, originally viewed from the house during the storm, was evidence of the amount of recent rain – the new turf laid by the streamside was vivid green and distinctly longer than when we had last seen it, a definite contrast to the older and now more weedy grass beyond it:
Closer inspection elsewhere showed the exciting presence of a bud on one of my nerines, all of which were lifted earlier in the year and put in pots after I read that this helps new bulbs to establish. Mine were probably a couple of years old and were still alive, but apart from a leaf or two that was about it – so this looks promising, particularly as this Nerine bowdenii ‘Isabel’ is still only a scruffy bulb with a scruffy leaf or two, and now a bud as well! I also have ‘Alba’ and an ordinary N bowdenii so am hopeful of more blooms, perhaps next year if not this.
Exciting too is the appearance of fronds on more of the grasses I added last autumn; they have been slow to start establishing but even just a single frond gives an exciting glimpse of the benefit of grasses to a border and I am very grateful to Kate of Barnhouse Garden and other bloggers for introducing me to the delights of grasses generally. This one is Miscanthus sinensis ‘Flamingo’, tucked into the shrub border and nearly swamped by an overexuberant Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ which was also added last year but needs some subtle pruning to reign it in.
Confirming my suspicions that it wasn’t in fact Clematis heracleifolia ‘Wyevale’ but a C jouiniana of some sort, buds were now opening on the long and lanky stems, quite clearly not the shorter and fairly stiff stems of ‘Wyevale’. I trust that Taylor’s Clematis, where the plant came from last year, will replace it with the correct species and I will then have to find an alterative location for the imposter:
Tomatoes and damsons have been picked, a little deadheading done and solar panels rescued from encroachment by the wisteria with its summer pruning, but it is now raining and I am having a break to write this before I venture out to pick blooms for tomorrow’s vase – really looking forward to seeing all your vases as I missed them last week!