I have what I like to call ‘A Table of Delights’ on my patio. It is just outside my living room doors and is part of an outdoor table and chair set but being a keen gardener I rarely sit down at it. However the table is where I put my favourite small plants and I thought I might do a series of posts through the year showing you what is on it.
Over the winter it has been home to a stubby terracota pot of Viola and Cineraria. I don’t think I wanted any bulbs in it but my memory really isn’t that good. It’s funny as this simple pot is the best winter display I have and it was created from leftovers of other pots I planted up!.
I prefer Violas to Pansies as they are dainter and I think flower better. These little Violas have been flowering on and off all winter despite frequently disappearing under snow and being frosted.
Next to the pot is a small wooden tray which appears to be just full of gravel but I can see, if I squint hard enough, that there are Iris Reticulata beginning to emerge. I am hoping that they will flower as they are bulbs I saved from last Spring and I don’t always have success with getting them to flower a second year. Time will tell.
The other pot on the table contains my Eranthis Schwefelganz which I bought in the Autumn from Avon Bulbs. As I have been moving a lot of stuff around where my spring bulbs normally are I decided to plant it up in a small pot and then I could plant it out in the Spring when I had a better idea of where it was going to live. Then I couldn’t find it. I had cleared out the old cold frame and been ruthless throwing out pots of plants that had died and I was worried that I had accidentally thrown this out but no there is was the other morning winking at me from the bottom of the new cold frame. I have put it on the table so I can enjoy its flowers from inside as well as outside. My only comment is that they aren’t as pale as I was expecting which is a disappointment.
When these pots have finished I will move them and replace them with something else small and pretty to cheer me up when I am stuck indoors