We live in strange times. To me we seem to be living in a Hollywood Disaster Movie with bells and whistles this was highlighted yesterday by a video I saw on social media of drone footage of the roads in the Old Town of Edinburgh. It was scary stuff. I am also officially now being paid by the government as I have been put on the furlough scheme. The letter says it could be up to 12 weeks gardening leave so every cloud has a silver lining. Being furloughed will have it’s challenges and I will have to be strong and not spend very much on the garden but it’s as my mate says 80% of something is better than 80% of something.
The weather has been excellent this week with sun most days and indeed on Wednesday we had the warmest day of the year and the garden was full of solitary bees and Queen Bumble Bees. The weather did get colder at the end of the week and we had some welcome drizzle on Friday.
Spring seems to have gone into overdrive this week and flowers are appearing from all over the place. This weeks SOS is going to feature flowers in all 6 of my blogs. If you want to see any posts about succulents (granny) please read my blog I wrote on Thursday that is going to record my Furloughed adventures in gardening in hopefully a humorous way Furloughed 12 weeks of gardening.
Here is my 6.
1. Narcissus Peach Cobbler
I don’t know where to start how to describe how beautiful this plant is. It is simply stunning. I bought 4 new Narcissus last year from Farmer Gracey and this is the first one that has flowered. The colours of cream and yellow really stand out from anywhere in the garden. I have put the pot right in front of the front window so it is always the first thing we see when we look out.
2. Primula Carrigdale
I posted a photo of this a couple of weeks ago and was moaning that I couldn’t take a clear photo of it because it was white. Well as you can see I managed to capture this perfectly this week as I had loads of time on my hand. It has multiple flowers that just repeat and repeat. I will definitely be splitting this as much as possible when it stops flowering.
3. Hepatica Noblis Blue Bicolour.
I have fallen in love with Hepaticas this Winter/Spring. They are simply beautiful plants that gives you a lift after the dark days of winter. They are not cheap but are so rewarding. These are still in full sun but as you mainly find them in woodland I will be moving them to round the front of my flat in the summer so they can get some shade.
4. Hepatica Americana
Another Hepatica and this one is exquisite Small white flowers with a palma violet colour strips. If you notice their is no leaves because most Alpines always produce there flowers first all week with the hope that the pollinators will pollinate them as quickly as possible so they have more of a chance to reproduce.
5. Pulsatilla Vulgaris (Pasqueflower) Rubra
Feature last week the flowers opened last week and as mentioned last week they look like they are going to be a star this year. To be fair they always brighten up the garden in the spring. The flowers aren’t quite fully open but as the stalks grow they will open wider. The top photo was taken on Friday during the drizzle. Reading up on them they are found all over the Northern Hemisphere and are the County flower for Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The name Pasqueflower comes from the Hebrew word for Passover “Pasakh” which refers to the Easter flowering period. This shows that sometimes reading about plants is as fascinating as growing them.
6. Narcissus Mount Hood
This is supposed to be Narcissus Mount Hood except it’s not. Mount Hood is supposed to have milky white flowers. I am sure I am not the only one that gets upset when you buy a plant or bulb and they send the wrong one. However the flowers as you can see are pretty vibrant and larger than a common daffodil so all is not lost.
That is my six for this week. As you can see there is a lot happening. The weather has turned a touch cooler but that is not going to beep me out of the garden. I am going to sow some perennial seeds and finish planting my Begonias this weekend.
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Until next week goodbye and stay safe.