23 May 2018 @09:02 PM
The badly slug-chewed Polyanthus at the side of the steps are past their best now so if I can I'll use those tubs for the self-seeded pansies that I've dotted around. I've not sat out since last photos. The bird bath needs more water. I'm missing seeing the Weigela flowers and the bees that keep coming back for more.
18 May 2018 @07:28 PM
Daphne x napolitana 'Bramdean' has some leaf drop and yellowing so I gave it some sequestered iron.
Self-seeded Cornflower nurtured in a big planter has been transplanted to its own pot. My instincts to keep it were right. Not a weed after all.
Blue miniature conifer Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa' looks a bit weather-beaten but should perk up with more sun.
Euonymus Emerald n Gold has benefited greatly from all the recent sunshine and is showing lots of lovely yellow leaves as a result.
Self-seeded pansies divided and nurtured in the large planter. I may move them later. Lovely free plants! No knowing what colour they will be!
Euonymus Harlequin should look whiter than this. I spy some reverted dark-green non-variegated leaves which will have to go.
A few Violas (Pansies) which sprouted from seed in autumn and overwintered in this tub providing great early colour. A photobombing Vinca Major (Periwinkle) and Weigela Florida on the top right. The star of the show will be the Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanille Fraise' sprouting up in the middle. It looks healthy but closer inspection shows whitefly. Time to get the spray out again.
Miniature conifer Juniperus communis 'Brynhyfryd Gold'; this bright new yellow growth has been very pretty for a couple of weeks now.
A Pansies' nursery for now. A white feather! I take that to mean my Dad is watching over the garden and approves. Lavatera Barnsley Baby has been very slow but, at last, there are signs of new leaves in the centre of the picture. It's so hard to believe that it will grow into the giant we saw last year….
Pieris Little Heath has lost all the pink and is now a gorgeous white.
Potentilla Red Ace has a flower bud just visible in the centre of the photo. I was a little disappointed to see this start to revert back to yellow last year. I hope the flowers are red, as they should be. Healthy new growth on the Heather Calluna vulgaris 'Dark Beauty'. I gave it a trim after flowering last year. I can't bear to kill any of the free pansies which seeded themselves. Finding places for them all will be difficult!
Ugni molinae 'Flambeau' has had a tough time because of that Beast From The East. I've already pruned a lot of brown foliage out. New pink growth promising. An English Marigold has self-seeded too! I'll be moving that soon. There are 3 Ugni cuttings shoved into the foreground. They're still alive since last year! I'll pot them on and have 3 free new shrubs!
The Vinca Minor (Periwinkle) was trimmed down to about 4" to encourage new growth. I hope we get flowers this year. It's looking a little peaky - yellowy established leaves so, along with the Daphne, it's been given some sequestered iron too.
The Weigela Florida that lost its 'Variegata' when the council hacked it to the ground years ago is looking ok following its hard pruning after its move from the front garden last year. The flowers aren't as big this year but I fed it with some Tomorite this evening so things should improve. I want the Vinca Major (Periwinkle) to trail down over the edge of the tub but it has other ideas and wants to climb up the middle of the Weigela.
I am disappointed at the small amount of flowers on the Weigela Monet but the gorgeous variegated purple foliage more than makes up for it.
05 May 2018 @09:44 PM