It goes without saying that we have seen some unprecedented weather here in the UK and the devastation it has caused can, I imagine, only be heartbreaking. Yet more rain is forecast here in the east of Scotland over the next few days and then we are to see a return to more average winter weather.
I missed posting in time for all the memes I take part during December. If you bear with me, I'll do a quick summary in this post today.
Starting with the Tree Following meme on the 7th of the month, storm Desmond left the part of the garden where my wee Rowan tree grows in under a couple of inches of water, this was repeated in the wake of Eva and Frank too. In case you are interested Gertrude and Henry are next! I've never really bothered much about whether a storm has a name or not but surely if we are to name them at all then the names should sound a bit more reflective of their fierce nature. All the plants here have coped with flooding before so I am confident losses will be minimal.
|Tree following December 2015|
The front garden, subject of my End of Month View posts, is reasonably tidy right now. The roses still have most of their foliage. Looking around, I can see the Crocus and Iris reticulata are poking their noses from beneath the surface, like elsewhere in the garden. The Dayliles, although cut back hard, are putting out fresh new growth already. The privet has dropped a fair bit of foliage, as is the norm, yet the Tropaeolum speciosum scrambling through it has not yet gone dormant, it keeps the hedge looking quite green for now. Rudbeckia summerina Orange continues blooming, as does the winter flowering Jasmine against the fence.
|End of Month View December 2015|
I started this blog as a way of recording what I was up to in the garden. How and when I do things, growing notes, you know the kind every day gardening things. Lessons I learn. Tips and advice I pick up along the way. I should add at this point I am particularly grateful for all the advice and tips you've all given me along the way. I now want to put some of this into practice, I hope to include more posts that fall into these categories and feel the only way I can do this is to concentrate on learning about what I have growing already. I need to stop adding to the confusion. Right now there is an embargo on buying any new plants. Especially the many impulsive buys that make their way home with me. One exception will be my annual visit to the Early Bulb Show in Dunblane next month where I intend to add a few more special snowdrops to my collection.
Take, for example, my Hellebores - I am almost certain that they have never looked quite like this in December/January before. I usually remove last year's foliage before they reach this stage but that is usually some time nearer the beginning of March certainly not right now.
In the past I've never noticed that as the new foliage and with it the new blooms grow taller, the old foliage appears to naturally collapses away from the centre. I am assuming this is nature's way of letting in the light. I've always been under the assumption that the old foliage protects from the frost but perhaps not. These are the kind of basics I need to pay attention too.
Corydalis solida Beth Evans beneath one of the roses in the back garden took me by surprise for two reasons. The first being that I forgot I moved some here last year, yet despite being under a couple of inches of mulch it has surfaced early. Secondly I would not expect to see any growth until early February with the view to blooming in the second half of the month.
Even Camassia seem early to me. These bulbs were new last year so I am not quite so sure just when to expect them but this early in the year, surely not?
Not everything is taking me by surprise. The early blooming snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii Mrs MacNamara, is flowering exactly at the same time as it has done in the previous two years since coming to my garden.
|Galanthus elwesii Mrs MacNamara|
|Hamamelis x intermedia Jelena|
|Wayward stems on R. The Wedgewood Rose|
Are you getting much done in your garden? Is weather hampering your plans? Perhaps you are busying yourself with some forward planning. I've a new camera that needs some playing around with. So far I know the zoom works well, a far longer zoom than my previous camera. Now all I need do is get to grips with all the other functions. So watch this space. Although to be honest, will a better camera improve much on the photography skills. I doubt it! Enjoy your week what ever you have planned. I look forward to catching up with what's been happening with you all.