It’s been a “get off my a**e” week. Rather than sitting on it, It’s often been the highest part of my ample carcass. Yup, I’ve been planting. Not because I necessarily wanted to plant; more a case of plants keep arriving and I have to make space in the enclosures for them. Which means plants that have been nestling in there for a while need to be evicted to make way for new tenants. Another 700 are due to arrive in a few weeks. And they think they have a immigration problem in continental Europe?
At least I spared you the voluminous series of “emerging shoots” photos though next week I may bore you with some of the 300 plants I aim to plant tomorrow. I whizz along when I get going, you know.
But it’s this week now so I’d better get on with it.
1 Mystery Plant
Help! I know wot this is not but I don’t know wot it is. It’s a fairly sturdy plant – came through Hannah without staking, about 5 feet tall. Flowers are greenish with a hint of yellow which somehow becomes yellower as the midday sun hits them. It may be a wild plant that hitchhiked in the pot of the plant I bought or one which has conveniently happened to pop up in the same place, like the bramble that I noticed this morning growing up smack bang through the middle of a Hosta. Can anyone name this mystery interloper for me? (And please don’t suggest “Danny” – you know who you are! 😉 )
You may notice that the leaves (bracts?) near the flowers (if they are flowers) are broader than the leaves lower down the stems – you can see the longer, narrower shape of the lower foliage better in the couple of stems that have flopped down on the right of the top photo.
A bit of bright foliage for a sunny morning. Three Heucheras. Somewhere I have a note of their names and when I find it I’ll label them so I know next time.
To give it it’s full name Persicaria microcephala ‘Purple Fantasy’. Grown more for its foliage than flowers, some will argue that this is a rather invasive plant. Well it is a member of the knotweed family. But I find it quite co-operative in sticking within its boundaries.
In full Choisya ternata ‘Brica’, one of the yellow-green foliaged ones, now flowering. Reputedly the scent of the flowers is one of the strongest you’ll get from a Choisya but, to be honest, I have to shove my nose right into them to get the slightest whiff.
5 Rhododendron Germanica
That’s it’s full name. Bright red, now several years old but remaining compact at about a foot-and-a-bit tall and wide.
6 And Finally
Mini-Ed 4 all planted up. I call it “Mini-Ed 4” as it’s the fourth “Mini-Ed” I’ve planted up. I did it on Sunday, which was May 5th. I suppose I should have done it on Saturday, which was May 4th but I was too busy shifting soil and soil improver around whilst mourning the death of Chewbacca.
The soil and stuff went in on Saturday. Maybe I should have left it to settle but I’m not leaving it for a year or so, which I would have to do were I planning to let it settle. Rather I did my impression of Gill Heavens doing one of her exotic belly dances and compressed things to the point where the result of a mathematical calculation of how many litres of stuff would be needed to fill it matched the number of litres that were actually in it. Sometimes a bit of weight helps.
Plants are too small to feature individually but, in time, there’s a couple of future sixes in there.
Before I say “Bye for now”, a reminder that you really should pop over to Mr Prop’s blog, have a butchers at his six and then follow at least some of the links bringing up the rear which will take you to all sorts of exotic gardens near and far, some even upside down in the Antipodean regions of the planet.
Until next time, enjoy your garden.