The weather forecast for today was dreadful; torrential rain, howling north easterlies, possibly frogs. So, as a dedicated disciple of Six on Saturday, and a most sensible and organised person, I took my photos yesterday. Today, so far, has been quite dry. This is not the point, which is that I was prepared for all eventualities. I doubt it will happen again. It is however bitterly cold, so I am pleased that for once I thought ahead. Some might say that the “Saturday” part of the title is an itsy bit fraudulent, but rest assured that little has changed since yesterday. Can I depend on you not to tell The Propagator, our meme leader, whose name rhymes with “alligator” for good reason. Please do pop over to his site to see what he has been up to, and also to check on the increasingly large number of SoSers.
First of all we have the wonderful Sophora microphylla, now in full flower. I used to work with a mature gentleman (lovely old git) who had spent several decades travelling the world. This included an extended stay in New Zealand, which is where this potentially small tree comes from. He taught me several Maori names for plants including this member of the pea family, kowhai. Imagine you are saying hello to a Jersey milker. That’s it, you’ve got it!
Next another Antipodean, Callistemon ‘Masotti’, a (hopefully) dwarf, red flowered bottlebrush. It looks as if it is thinking about flowering. It may be reconsidering this decision after the outrageous hail storm that just battered everything. Now I feel vindicated.
A crocus, just about to unfurl, perhaps the perfect moment.
Germination! In order to fool myself into thinking that I am doing something right, I generally sow something very easy along with the trickier customers. This year it was Tagetes ‘Red Cherry’ and it didn’t let me down. Nothing yet from any of the others, but it is early days. I have had my little thrill fix, it will keep me going for a while.
Number five is tender new orange/red rose foliage. Any aphids that are reading this will be salivating. Bit too cold to venture out yet, ha!
Lastly is Vinca ‘Jenny Pym’. I was trying to take a picture of a hellebore, ill positioned for the photographer, I was struggling to hold the head, camera and focus at the same time. In the background my eye was caught by this charming lady, a little pinker than usual, due to the chill perhaps. Soon the hellebore was forgotten, for the moment anyway, perhaps next week I will get a little help from a friend.
Thanks Mr P, I think this might be becoming a habit. There are worse things to become addicted to.