Blame

Tibouchina urvilleana

Some plants are very late coming into bloom in our garden.  As we live in a blame-blame culture I am going to point the finger at a hard winter, a late spring, followed by a sweltering summer.  It could be one, the other, a combination of any, whatever, they are tardy.  This reluctance to flower may have been exacerbated by inadequate cold protection and lack of watering during the great drought of ’18.  Unlikely though, it couldn’t possibly be anything to do with my poor husbandry or lack of enthusiasm after tending to other peoples’ little darlings all day.  Crazy talk.

Dahlias, fuchsias, salvias, are all dawdling along as if they had all the time in the world.  Well let me tell you something my lovelies, you laid-back-to-vertical slovens, the winter is fast approaching and do I need to remind you what happened last year!  Get a move on, flower, shut down and prepare for the worst!

A beauty that is often late on parade is Tibouchina urvilleana, the Brazilian Glory Bush.  A gift from Mrs Fish before she headed south for the summer, the buds are almost as glorious as the flowers.  Not quite.  But almost.  Won’t be long.

27 thoughts on “Blame

  1. Yup. The long finger of blame pointing at everything and everyone else……. Congratulations on making it past the scaffolding and builders’ bums to take that photo. Hey, will we get six bums on Saturday? As long as they’re all in your garden …..

    Uh, no thanks.

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  2. That Tibouchina will be lovely when it opens. I have some dawdlers here, including my Salvia microphylla, probably ‘Kew Red’, the one I gave you a cutting from. It is usually in flower by July, it has only just opened some flowers this past week. Tardy indeed!

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  3. So glad to hear that the Tibouchina is doing its stuff in new surroundings! It survived its first winter with just a fleecy wrap in an unheated greenhouse – so not a particularly delicate flower this one?! My transported Salvia, Fushias and Pelargoniums are all enjoying the early Autumn sunshine too – all in full bloom still 🙂

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