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.