Well, Weatherpeople, you got that completely wrong didn’t you? No rain, you promised. None. And I foolishly believed you. After yesterday’s wall to wall miserable mizzle, you said that today would be better. That much was true, I suppose. It was better, but by no means best. Weatherwise anyway. The rain started mid morning and got progressively worse.
Luckily myself and Max’s dad were shopping. That was much more successful. The haul included Cistus x corbariensis and a delusional Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’. The rose label described it as a repeat flowering climber to 3m. It can actually reach well over 10m in height and flowers only once, although admittedly spectacularly. Some other purchaser might be in for a shock when they plant it at the base of a wicker pyramid.
Then we were onto the builder’s merchant for compost. A short walk from here and we were at another garden centre where we bought two statuesque grasses, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ and Miscanthus sinensis ‘Graziella’, in their full autumnal splendour and a fine specimen of the crested male fern Dryopteris filix-mas ‘Cristata’. It was also here that we purchased our plant of the day, perhaps even of the year, a Carpenteria californica. When I spotted this 2.0m tall absolute bargain (£19.99 if you must know) I staked my claim, guarding it like a Pit Bull, whilst MD found a trolley. No one was going to steal this one away. And they didn’t get near. I know some of you will be familiar with this Californian beauty and others will realise that our climate here is far from West Coast USA, however I am hopeful that it will thrive in our care.
Our spoils were crammed into the car and we headed home. We got back to the garden and waterproofed up to do some work. After half an hour pretending to do something constructive in the heavy rain Max’s Dad said “fancy going inside for a cup of tea and a chat about plants?”. What happened next?