I know it is now the 16th and I truly wish I had a reasonable excuse for not turning up on time. I would love to say that I spent the last 2 days opening the sacks full of Valentines Cards that made their way to my letterbox but sadly no, I just wasn't organised in time!
|Close ups of flowers|
I made a declaration on Valentine's Day - 'My garden loves me' - I exclaimed!
Why? I hear you ask.
|Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin'|
Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin' is my favourite of the dwarf spring Iris - the powder blue colour of the petals is so delicate. It can't fail to impress. I have read that this is one of the fussier spring flowering Iris - drainage it's said to be paramount to it's success - now you can understand why I think my garden loves me - all that rain water and yet, it gives me a gift such as this!
There was also some deep purple Iris planted in this border - I wonder if they will survive - no sign yet, but you never know do you! It's all so tempting to get rooting around in the soil but for now I'd rather leave things to surprise me.
|Helleborus x ericsmithii|
This Hellebore needs a bit of sun - although planted to the rear of a Pieris - the sun shines happily through the fence. Being so far back in the border, it proved rather difficult to get a decent picture of the flower. As you can see there are plenty more to come.
This next plant will not be to everyone's liking - to be honest - I'm not sure I'm that keen on it myself, what do you think?
I divided it and managed to get around 8 plants from the 1 pot - all bar a couple have taken. What on earth am I going to do with 6 plants I'm not sure I like.
Primula Francisca (Francesca) is supposed to flower from March until July, perhaps that will be it's saving grace - watch this space!
The weather here in Edinburgh has been tremendous this last few days and I have managed to be out in the garden without an outer layer on! It's time to get those fingernails really dirty and if I'm lucky I may even break a few!!
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