Things here are far from normal. I’d prefer not to go into detail, but hubby is again very unwell. Nevertheless, I found a way back into the gardening groove. I’ve done a lot in the last few days, without even getting near the years-old stash of seeds.
Wrong time of year, I know, but I planted the rest of the gladiolus hubby bought me last year (it might die, but it will certainly die if leave in the house another year). I also planted snakes-head fritillary, some ordinary lilies, three spider lilies, and about four other types of bulbs he bought for me last year. I’m almost glad he isn’t well enough to be shopping right now as I have hardly any room left! All these seed packets of potential life are kinda breaking my heart. I need about five more acres of land…
I have had a few happy surprises from older plants.
My peony has a bud! Just one, and it is soooo tiny. Today I saw that new shoots are coming up about 4in from the main plant, too. I think she is happy here!
I have an asparagus! One. Ah, well.
Celeriac? I tried some from seed two years ago, no joy. This grew in a poor bonsai that himself bought me – bonsai died (one of the things I’m not good at). I dug it out and moved it to the Stupid Girl raised bed. Hope it keeps going as we have discovered that celeriac is delicious.
Bluebells! Gift from his uncle.
I am pretty sure these gladiolus are coming up way too early. Also shown is the world’s tallest gazania, still going strong. Tallest according to Ark, who should know; they are native to South Africa.
The head of one of the red and black lilies I’ve had for years now. I love how they grow in an anti-clockwise spin.
Ash tree that decided to grow in one of my containers. There aren’t any ash trees nearby at all! One of two I have. They take up a good amount of space, but I have a friend who wants them both for his very wooded property. He is welcome to have them – I figure if they like me, they will like him, too.
My one and only tulip. You can’t tell here, but this is about the size of the top joint of my thumb. It is wee! I dug them all out last year and planted them nice and safe in sunshiney pots… I got one. Oh well! There is always next year.
Mystery things. Look orchid-y with the purple spots, but the stems are just a straight solid shoot. May be another blow in? Garden is now plagued (in a good way) with native orchids.
Rosemary back to its flowering tricks again. Second most neglected herb I have growing in a pot. I’m afraid to let it loose after what the oregano and sage have become (triffids, I’m not kidding).
One for Ark – I rarely see grasshoppers here. This one is so tiny, that white thing is a dog hair. Poor thing was also missing one vital back leg. I ushered it into the grass, maybe it will have a chance there.
Sorry to hear about hubby, best wishes sent from the Cloud and myself his way. Your gardening is super, and a balm in many ways I find during troubled times. I absolutely love peonies, camellias are also amazing bushes and very easy to grow if you can get hold of a cheap one. The flowers are stunning. Cracking selection you have going on there, may the sun shine strong this year!
– Esme also enjoying the grasshoppers from upon the Cloud
Thank you! I took himself for a short walk around his uncle’s garden today – cameras in hand, and I’ll do a post with our pictures soon.
You are a kind and compassionate person and I am sorry you & hubby are having these troubles. Please keep me informed. Do get some rest and take care of yourself. Hugs for all.
I am sorry himself is unwell. I hope it is nothing too serious. I will keep you in my thoughts and heart, and keep my fingers crossed for you both.
Those are beautiful (and whimsical). I wish you had that five acres — you’d make it fantastic.
I have pictures of his uncle’s garden – it is fantastic!
What a comfort flowers are, aren’t they…? Oh, and that bit that looks different? You’ve formatted it as a quote; if you go back and edit it, just highlight the whole phrase and then unclick the quote tab.
Fixed! Thank you!
Hope hubby gets well soon. Perhaps some more seeds will be freed from their packaging shortly and join the growing competition in the garden. Five more acres of land? That’s a lot of seeds!
I could fill it! I have two big shoeboxes full of seeds.
Hope hubby is feeling better very soon. Your plants are thriving, though I wonder if you ‘ash’ is a rowan or what they call here ‘mountain ash’? The leaves look serrated and more delicate than an ash leaf.
Really? Ah heck. Well it was so pretty budding at the time, with the drizzle. It could be anything, I didn’t plant it! Any ideas on the long spikey things? FB is stumped so far.
No can’t help you on that one. Will be interesting to see what appears. The magic of gardening! By the way not 100% on rowan but pretty sure.
I think the other one is definitely an ash, assumed they were the same! My friend wants the three fairy trees, oak ash and thorn. It’s a thing for him 🙂
I hope your husband gets well soon!
That tulip is a divine color!