Six on Saturday, Mostly Inconsistent

January seems to be have been unusually overcast with only a few days offering any blue sky or noticeable sunshine, and it will be interesting to compare the final output of our solar panels with those of previous Januarys.

The sun may not have been gleaming but the Golfer has been on his knees again, sweeping and weeding the paved areas throughout the garden in preparation for our garden opening in a fortnight’s time, so they are now gleaming as much as a paved area can be. Rest assured, the recuperating Golfer has taken things as steadily as possible so as not to overtire himself, and I have considerately not been cracking the whip…

There have been more breaks in the clouds in the last few days, however, with temperatures getting into double figures, and the relative mildness has given a boost to some of the tardier winter flowering plants, especially noticeable with the native snowdrops. It also occurred to me that the relative lack of sun may be what has created a lopsided flowering effect in the snowdrop border, with the ‘specials’ towards the right hand end in bloom, and those towards the left barely emerging – it is certainly too early to assess any losses this year, something which was done much earlier in January last year. On clear days, the border will get the early morning sun, but those sunny periods that January provided have taken several hours to arrive, and quite possibly only reached the right hand end of the border – that’s my theory, anyway!

Here is this more floriferous end of the border, where Galanthus ‘Trumps’ (lower left) is proving to be a very reliable and vigorous resident, as is a more recent acquisition with its distinctively large segments, G ‘John Long’ (lower right):

In the same bed there are hellebores at similarly different stages of flowering, although Hellebore ‘Harvington Double White’ (below left) is at the far left of the border, whereas ‘Harvington Double Lime’ (centre) is towards the right end and buds are only just emerging. Sadly, H ‘Anna’s Red’ (right), in a different border, seems to be the victim of over-exuberant leaf trimming, where there is a lesson to be learned…

Meanwhile, I have today pulled out the healthy remnants of verbena and nemesia from the group of pots that support the blue & white border, and replaced them with winter and spring flowering pansies and primula; I was tempted to leave the summer residents in situ and see if they would reflower in due course, but decided their replacements would look better on their own (the Golfer’s knees haven’t yet reached this end of the garden…)

There are more inconsistencies in the Coop, and it is unlikely that anything will be in flower when we open in a fortnight, although there are buds emerging amongst the grass-like leaves of a pot of Narcissus bulbocodium, unlike the adjacent pots of crocus and Iris reticulata:

Performing better than previous years, however, are the early flowering Winter Sunshine sweet peas in the working greenhouse, now over 12″ (30cm), and which I would expect to be in flower by mid-April. I think this is the first time they have been planted out in the greenhouse border before Christmas, although they were sown in October as usual.

I am linking my inconsistencies to Jon the Propagator’s Saturday meme, and if you check out his blog you will find links to many other Saturday Sixes, so why not check them out too?

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30 Responses to Six on Saturday, Mostly Inconsistent

  1. tonytomeo says:

    This is the second picture I have seen of ‘Trumps’. Is it a newly popular cultivar?

  2. I’m loving G. Trumps! And your pots with bulbs coming up, with gravel on top. It’s a great look!

  3. Your paved area is lovely. I really like your collection of pots…and the plants in them, of course. 😉

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beth – paving that little raised area was one way of combatting pernicious weeds that came through the fence from a neighbour’s garden!

  4. Noelle says:

    When I went up to the top of the Mendips to collect some snowdrops, Jackie mentioned that she too had found it a strange season for snowdrops, and had even perhaps lost types completely such as Mrs McNamara, which I had been after. Your Long John looks particularly fine with its concave petals.

    • Noelle says:

      When I went up to the top of the Mendips to collect some snowdrops, Jackie mentioned that she too had found it a strange season for snowdrops, and had even perhaps lost types completely such as Mrs McNamara, which I had been after. Your John Long looks particularly fine with its concave petals.

    • Cathy says:

      That’s really intersting Noelle – did she offer a reason? After our opening is over, I shall begin furtling around in the soil to see what failures I have had, as there will invariably be some…

  5. nancyc says:

    What a nicely-arranged garden you have! I’m ready for spring and the spring flowers to start blooming! 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Here, I avoid thinking like that because there are plants of interest all the year round and invariably something coming into bloom throughout the year

  6. Anna says:

    Good to read that the dear Golfer is back outdoors and able to do some physical work. I’m sure that you’re keeping a loving eagle eye on him Cathy. I absolutely love ‘Trumps’. ‘John Long’ looks like a rather robust fellow.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna, yes, he is learning to pace himself and has played very little golf either, which says something a lot. I was hoping Trym would be as robust as Trumps but so far he hasn’t appeared yet… 🙄

  7. Pauline says:

    Trumps seems to be marching through my border, I’m sure something is moving the bulbs about, but it’s not me!

    • Cathy says:

      How intriguing! Now that I’m planning to move all my specials to the woodland I am wondering how much space to give them – particularly if they go walkabouts like you say Trumps has done!

  8. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I usually have snowdrops by now but they are onli about 4 cm high as yet. But there are daffodils well in bud! Crazy year!

    • Cathy says:

      The milder days are making a big difference here, Sue, and the natives should mostly be in bloom by our opening – thankfully!

  9. The pathways are looking lovely. There is so much hard work needed to prepare a garden for opening. Let’s hope the weather continues to behave and I’m sure everything will go according to plan!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – I am quite organised with anything like this, and for a winter opening there is less to do (more plants to be potted up and labelled in summer).

  10. Sarah Rajkotwala - Author & Spiritual Teacher says:

    It’s exciting to see all the little bulbs coming through the ground, enjoy! ❤

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