…. not me, but the Lanky Lodger, whom I found sprawled out on his bench earlier in the week. wailing and gnashing his teeth. Sadly, he has proved to be a short-lived sculpture, despite the number of coats of primer and paint I covered the Modroc (plaster of Paris) skin of his wire skeleton with. I have temporarily cheered him up by giving him a woolly scarf, which discreetly ties him to the bench and holds him upright…
Meanwhile, I am pleased to report that bringing some of the bulbs from the Coop into the house to speed up the flowering paid off, and was just the boost needed for the hyacinth, Narcissus bulbicodum and Iris reticulata to break into bright and cheery bloom.
Likewise, some sunny days this week have encouraged more Crocus tommasinianus to pop up in the streamside grass, their leaves camouflaged by the mossy grass; they are also beginning to flower in the adjacent shrub border.
Although still much later than other recent years, at least there are a number of hellebores now in bloom for our visitors to admire tomorrow. This one is ‘Penny’s Pink’, with its upward-facing flowers; sadly her sister ‘Anna’s Red’, a more mature plant, was one I overenthusiastically cut the leaves from and blooms look as if they will be absent this year.
Inspired by Sandra of Wild Daffodil, I recently created a little moss garden in a large pot saucer, which sits on top of one of the water butt. The downside in its current form is that when it rains it collects water, and the butt it is placed on is where I usually rest my coffee mug and anything else going from the house to another part of the garden, when I go to visit the Coop in the morning – a rethink may see drainage holes drilled, as well as a new location!
Finally, the sixth of my Six on Saturday, the meme kindly hosted by Jon the Propagator, is what many people braving the heavy rain forecast for tomorrow will have particularly come to see – snowdrops, which have duly got to flowering stage in the nick of time, although unlikely to actually open tomorrow in the absence of sun….