Saturday, 2 April 2016

End of Month View March 2016

End of February 2016
Joining in with Helen and other bloggers for their End of Month View post usually encourages me to keep on top of things.  Last month the frosts kept me back and this month my sore thumb is the cause of me being behind schedule.  Right now colour is by way of a few Hellebores, some Pulmonaria and Narcissus Tete a Tete.  Since the purpose of following this bed is to take note on what needs sorting out I note that there is no balance between the Hellebores.  I think an additional one planted at the back under the Cotinus would be a good addition, there is no winter interest in that back corner at the moment.  The drumstick primula planted there are just a bit too late to get going to add the height needed at this time of the year.  Of course later in the year this won't be an issue.  
   
        
Much to my annoyance I did not notice this until after I had moved the wind damaged Hellebore from the front of the bed 3 weeks ago.  I am loathe now to disturb it again, it has settled into it's new home at the top end of the garden and is looking the best it ever has.  This faux pas really does sum up my method of gardening.  I have replaced it with some Bergenia, which just happened to be struggling elsewhere in the garden.  I am hoping that Bergenia harzkristall is tough enough to take the beating from the wind.  Those dwarf daffs take the wind in their stride, they are tough little blighters.  The little white Primula are new too. A reminder of my day out at RBGE the other week.  It was such a pity they only had 2 small pots left in stock.  I'd have found a home for quite a few more.   

Narcissus Tete a Tete, Pulmonaria Blue Ensign, Eranthis hyemalis and Primula vulgaris Snow White

Muscari aucheri White Magic
Now for something I am hoping my readers can help me with.  I have an issue with some white Muscari (M. aucheri White Magic) I planted in this bed back in 2013 and although flowering when I planted it, they have come up ever blind since.  It looks as if this year will be no different.  I am at a loss as to what I am doing wrong.  Other plants nearby that like similar conditions are doing well.  They are allowed to die back naturally without interference from the me so can confidently rule that out as a possible cause to them not flowering.  Does anyone have an idea as to what might be wrong or better still a solution?  




End of February 2016
The Enkianthus bed however has received some attention.  I managed this before my thumb injury.  Weeded, tidied and mulched it's still all very green at the moment.  A nice healthy green I hasten too add.  There are a few perennials still to show their faces.  Namely Hostas, Japanese painted ferns and the rather lovely Gillenia trifoliata.  It was new last year so has not over wintered here in my garden before.  I am hoping it's a late starter rather than a no show.  The Camellias will flower later, there are plenty of buds on both.  Some Narcissus Thalia and Primula veris are about to come into bloom.  This will add a bit of interest in an otherwise sea of green.    

The Enkianthus bed - End of March 2016
As well as neglecting my garden lately I am also rather behind in my blog reading.  I hate to think just how many post I've missed.  I hope to catch up with you all at some point over the weekend.  Thanks for reading.

31 comments:

  1. Ciao Angie, come stai? Ti capisco, a volte ci sono altri impegni e non si riesce a seguire il blog come si dovrebbe. In quanto ai Muscari posso dirti che avevo dei 'Ocean Magic' che per anni non sono fioriti ma poi, dopo qualche stagione hanno cominciato a produrre le loro spighe. Non so esattamente perché ma sicuramente, prima o poi, fioriranno anche i tuoi :)

    Un saluto e buona primavera!

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    1. Thank you Pontos, I'll have a bit more patience then.

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  2. Hi Angie, the Enkianthus bed looks fabulous to me! I just love the rich juice appearance of the different shades of green together with the mulch. I think mulch always makes such a difference in a garden!
    I have mulched my whole front yard and I am rather pleased with it right now, but didn't get to the backyard this year, which I regret. I will try to mulch at least one bed in the backyard this weekend to somewhat rectify the situation.
    I also really love the little colorful scene that you have created by planting Narcissus Tete a Tete, Pulmonaria Blue Ensign, Eranthis hyemalis and Primula vulgaris Snow White together. You are such a master in designing these beautiful little plant vignettes. I wish, I had this skill, but I am trying to learn from you :-)!
    Hope your thumb heals fast!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. I have to agree with you Christina. The look of a newly mulched bed makes all the difference. Sometimes for whatever the reason we just can't do everything and we should not feel so bad about it, there's always next year! As we gardeners say.

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  3. It's infuriating when something stops you gardening, sorry to hear about the thumb! But the garden looks very tidy and is growing well, it will wait until you are recovered.

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    1. It sure is Jessica. My thumb is easing up now, I managed to plant a few small things that were desperate to go in the ground. Hopefully during the week I have a fully functioning hand again.

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  4. Work in progress, it is growing beautifully, well done!

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  5. At least your sea of green looks tidy, Angie. Doesn't seem that things have got too out of hand while you've been away from the garden. Those tete-a-tetes are just gorgeous, so spring-like! How annoying about your muscari... I did read somewhere that bulbs which are overcrowded often come up blind. Yours don't look hugely crowded, but have you considered dividing the clump anyway and seeing what happens? It may jolt them into action, and bulbs don't normally mind being disturbed so I am sure at least no harm could come from it. And a new location might do the trick too - it often does with plants that are in a grump. Looking forward to seeing those camellias too. One of mine has no buds at all this year. My fault, apparently, for feeding it after July. I'll know better this year!

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    1. I had a good look today Joanna and it's as you say not too out of hand. I am probably doing my garden an injustice by thinking it. I'll leave them another year and if they dont come good next year I will think about doing what you suggest.
      The important thing about Camellias is not to feed too late but to make sure they get plenty of moisture late summer - this is when they make the flower buds. Growing them in the ground here in Scotland usually alleviates this issue.

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  6. We are quite behind too for all sorts of reasons including weather conditions. When the primroses finished flowering try collecting seeds and sow them straight away even if they are still green and you may manage to increase your stock.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Sue - a good idea. I've had success with Primula seeds before.

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  7. I love that neat Enkianthus bed - it looks all dressed up for its date with spring. I hope your weather is better from here on out and that your thumb is on the mend. I can't offer any suggestions about the Muscari. My own bloom but they're terribly tiny, for which I usually blame the lack of water - but that can't be your problem, can it?!

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    1. We garden poles apart don't we Kris :) I had read somewhere that too much water can also be a cause of bulbs coming up blind but ruled that out because some of the other plants nearby would not appreciate that too but they are healthy enough.

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  8. Your garden looks so beautifully tidy and your plants so wonderfully healthy, you put me to shame!
    The no show with your muscari could just be that they weren't planted at the right depth, too shallow or too deep, they should find the right level soon and then hopefully start flowering.

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    1. Thank you Pauline. Thanks for the input. Good to know they do find the right level eventually. Hopefully it won't take too long.

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  9. Looking great Angie, lots of colour and tidy, lets hope we're in for some warmer weather now :)

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  10. I think both beds are looking rather neat and with plenty of interest. Jinx on the hellebore - I've also just planted a hellebore that I have to move again. You're not the only one. I hope your thumb is better soon.

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  11. Your garden is looking lovely and tidy with all the wonderful clumps of new growth. I have not seen white muscari, I bet they will look wonderful once they flower. I wonder if they are just later than the blue ones. I have one clump of blue that are only just showing flower buds now, much later than the others. I didn't know they were so fussy as suggested by the fact that they haven't flowered. Might be worth digging one up to see if anything has nibbled the bulb at all.

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  12. Sorry to hear about your thumb. I think all we gardeners without rolling acres are always moving plants to make room for a new one only to wonder if we have done the right thing!

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  13. I think your daffodil will be OK near Bergenia, as in my garden, they grow together very well. About muscari - the bulbs divided to some small (kids) bulbs, because they need cold weather in winter -2 -6 C and your winter was enough warm. Sorry with thumb, I suppose you have gout and better you go to a doctor. Take care, Angie!

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  14. Angie girl thanks for dropping by .. I have not kept up with my blog posts (family sadness has happened) but it was so nice to see your comments thank you !
    What on earth did you do to your thumb ? that sucks ! ... Your garden is way ahead of mine our weather has been non stop WINTER and another storm to come .. I did clean up my hellebore bed and some early ones have been blooming but with the onset of freezing temps again .. I hate to see what has happened to them. The white muscari problem, they just may be a plant that will not work there .. I would stop wasting time and energy on them and plant something new ! As I garden longer I can't be bothered pampering plants that just don't work ! LOL
    Take care girl !

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  15. Your garden looks good to me! I really like 'Tête-à-tête' with the pulmonaria. Great combo!

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  16. Awww..I hope your thumb will get well soon. Perhaps the muscari flowers are getting eaten? Here squirrels eat crocus and aconite flowers and experiment on many other blooms. So, that's what I'm thinking, but I don't know if you have lots of those rats in your garden or not. Your garden as usual looks spic and span, and I love those mushroom-statues :-)

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  17. Thumbs are small, but you really notice when you can't use one. I hope you recover soon. I also hope your Muscari recover too. Very young Muscari can take a while to get going, but since your plants were in flower when you bought them, I wonder if they were forced so that they flowered for sale and they are taking time to recover. Alternatively, if plants put on too much greenery and don't flower, we usually blame too much nitrogen. Perhaps some Potassium might kickstart the process? Alternatively, perhaps they're not planted at their ideal depth?

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  18. Flower gardening has turned out to be generally well known as of late. Bloom planting is straightforward and sensibly low-estimated. It should be possible for various purposes as a side interest, for brightening purposes, or even as a calling.

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  19. I hope that your sore thumb soon mends Angie. I hope that those muscari come good. It's always most frustrating when bulbs don't flower and you have a whole year to wait until next time round.

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  20. Angie, I am finding tete e tete to be my favourite short Daff, I always used to bang on about Jetfire as being the best.
    Your garden is coming away very nicely. I guess I wasn't quite ready for a small garden, my neighbour has been ill and after saying I would cut her grass for her in the coming months I got carried away and said I would create a garden for her, which at the moment is just lawn. Actually I am quite excited about it.

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  21. I hope you are back in the garden soon, nothing worse than being kept away from the favourite space. I am also behind with blogging and replies, there are just not enough hours and I prioritise working in the garden – which shows on the state of my kitchen floor, and the dust bunnies in my house are roaming free. Never mind, the garden is the most important, got my priorities right :-)
    It’s lovely to follow the progress of your garden and see the little details here and there. And how fun to see the little toadstools in the photo with the narcissus and pulmonaria – are they wood or ceramic? I have just bought some of ceramic from E-Bay that looks very similar, I am expecting them at the end of the week :-)
    Have a great Sunday!

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  22. Oh heck, a fully operational thumb is pretty essential to an avid gardener, hope it heals soon Angie. In the mean time, the issues you are noting in your border seem minor next to the immaculate state of it and the otherwise very nice balance. A hellebore would work beautifully by the cotinus though. Are there any late season bargains around? Just a thought... Your white primroses are lovely, they might almost tempt me away from sticking to the natives.

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  23. It's horrible to be deprived of gardening ! Hope your thumb is soon back of the rudest of rude health Angie as you will need it for squishing all the beasties trying to eat your lovely plants! I have already caught a few Lily beetles !
    Garden looking all ready for the spring rush btw !

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