Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Sunday 23 August 2009

Incorrect flowering

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 4:16 pm

I can’t complain about the recent weather, but the autumn term is fast approaching. This means I have to prepare for the new season of tutoring. This does not just involve looking at some textbooks and exam papers; it means filling up the freezer with meals in square pots because when I am tutoring there is no time to cook. So I have been busy, and the garden has been lucky to have had its lawn mowed.

This morning I still didn’t do any gardening, but I did a quick survey of my plants to see which ones knew what they were doing. Here are the results:

Kerria (supposed to flower in April)

Kerria (clueless plant. Supposed to flower in April).

Hibiscus Blue Bird (supposed to flower in summer. Correct. Well done, plant).

Hibiscus Blue Bird (supposed to flower in summer. Correct. Well done, plant).

Primula or Polyanthus. Supposed to flower in spring. Totally confused.

Primula or Polyanthus. Supposed to flower in spring. Totally confused.

Rose. Supposed to flower in June, but August is near enough.

Rose. Supposed to flower in June, but August is near enough. (Note added 06 September 2009: this rose is called 'Mischief' and is an offspring of 'Fragrant Cloud').

I also had an attempted flowering incident from a rhododendron (two blooms), and my Viola Magnifico from Morrison’s has been flowering ever since it seeded itself into two of my pots of thuja.

It’s probably wrong of me to criticise my plants when I had a totally indulgent afternoon of wandering around other people’s gardens instead of putting mine to rights. I went to Windmill House, which was hosting an open afternoon in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. The main strengths of the garden were the mature trees and shrubs. There were lots of lavenders and heathers, which I took careful note of because I want to use heathers and other plants in the area between my greenhouse and the thuja. However, on the minus side, they had wasted an awful lot of space by putting a tennis court in the garden. One of my neighbours was out watering her garden as I walked by on my return from Windmill House, and she invited me in to see her back garden, which I have never seen before. None of her garden is wasted. It’s all plants, and exciting ones too, like figs and orange trees and all sorts of exotic plants which I have never seen before. They go into the conservatory for winter. There are criss-crossing paths to take you between the plants (one has to breathe in) and no lawn and definitely no tennis courts. I think it was a good thing for me to spend time seeing these gardens instead of weeding because it’s very important to have lots of Motivation and Inspiration when working on a Garden Renovation Project.

The nonsense spam comments (see last post) are still coming in. It was almost a relief for me to get some spam from a German pornography site because at least it was genuine spam.

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