We had a cold night earlier this week, and a sharp frost took all my dahlias. Although disappointing it was inevitable for this time of year. Without further ado I chopped back the evil looking, black foliage and mulched over the crowns. Three are to be relocated and those were dug up and placed under a fleece blanket in the garage in order that they can dry out and be saved for next year.
Fallen petal. Actually not a petal but a bract. Bougainvillea and shadows.
Do tell me if you know what the weird pink fan plant is. D.
Nasturtiums have been growing fantastically well, positively rude even. Planted in my new raised beds to creep up the garage wall whilst the Glory vine finds its way I was stunned to see this this morning.
A bunch of tulip bulbs wereplanted in the Autumn, lasagne style.
I am not able to refer to my notes today so I am unable to confirm the variety of tulip. I am liking how the colour tone sits with the terracotta. Certainly they are a range from Sarah Raven, the Graceland tulip collection perhaps.
Tip toe through the tulips time, enjoy. D.
A walk with a friend is always nice especially when it is someone you haven’t seen in a while and the weather is nice. Despite setting off in drizzle the sun broke through momentarily. Dry and bright enough for the wood anemones to open.
Have a good day. D.
Flowering Cactus, competing with a rather snazzy dress.
The months of January and February, deepest Winter, can be a drag, what with the nasty weather and short daylight hours. One of the jobs I am tackling presently is to archive a collection of slides which belonged to a friend and neigbour of mine called Joy.
Joy travelled extensively all her life and the slides cover a period of about fifteen years between the mid 1950s and the early 1970s when she was a young woman working for the British government and then an oil company. The images are mainly of South America, Afganistan and Europe. A keen walker, a great number of her images are of mountain ranges. Joy seemed to love the flora and fauna as much as she did the local people and their customs. So today when most of the the United kingdom is under snow and ice, I thought these images might help to warm you up.
Clearly appreciative of the native plant life
When planting alpines and the label calls for “free draining” this is what I need to have in mind.
Some of slides are labelled and it is rather nice for me to see that some of those which she took the trouble to label are the plant ones:
Poinsietta, not just for Christmas.
Then there are these:
My favourite of the pictures Joy took of the making of the flower carpet is this next one of the Garda put on watering duties. Certainly looking at the smart attire of all the onlookers I should imagine there was little else for them to do.
I hope you are feeling warmer now and perhaps your thoughts will now turn to holiday plans.
Stay lucky on this Friday.
There are reports of an approaching hurricane for Florida whilst New Zealand has felt an earthquake of 7.1 with tsunami risk remaining. All this after Italy sadly suffered a devastating earthquake last week.
Here in Southeast England we have the approach of rain to prepare for. Thankful for gentle conditions and with rolled umbrella at the ready this is a planting combination which captures late Summer in my garden.