I just CAN'T, even though I should!
Well, it was such a lovely weekend, at least here in Somerset, that I’ve been tidying up in the garden and noticing what is happening out there. First have a look at what’s flowering that should be. Here’s my favourite Hellebore – it hangs its head down so I have to be on hands and knees to look inside. (Good exercise)
Then near it, there’s a cream one that looks upwards.
The Anemone blanda are just poking their first leaves through the soil (Hooray!) and the first Iris reticulata have opened up.
But my Veronica pedunculata is in full bloom – it’s several weeks early, and in danger if there’s a frost. Still, it’s so pretty, it’s nice to welcome it back.
I also looked round at all my Clematis plants to check that they are all budding at the bottom so that I can cut them back in a few weeks’ time. I’ve even got a reminder next to C. Vyvyan Pennell on my GoY plants page to do this job.
Yes, there are lots of new shoots coming from the nodes and also very healthy new growth from the base. Well done, Vyvyan!
BUT Oh dear! Look up! What is going on up there on top of the trellis? I can see two fat flower buds – Vyvyan, what are you doing?
And I am an absolute softie. I know full well what I should do, and what my gardening friends on GoY will say – but I CAN’T, I just cannot cut her back! So I shall turn a blind eye to what she is doing and leave her alone this year.
- 27 Jan, 2008
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