New Year Day Delights

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There is nothing better after what seems like interminable days of rain than getting outside and having a good look around the garden to see what the plants have been up to.  The real draw were the red berries of Bomarea salsilla which I can see from the kitchen.  The seeds heads have been hanging on the vine for some months and I have wondered whether it was worth picking them then the other day a spot of red was winking at me.  Closer inspection today showed that the seed capsules were opening to reveal lots of red berries.  Tomorrow, I intend to pick them and to have a go at sowing the seed.  Research indicates that I will need to remove the red sarcotesta fleshy layer as it may inhibit germination.  I haven’t tried growing from berries before so this will be interesting.  Research has also led me to wonder if this variety is in fact Bomarea salsilla as on-line photos suggest it should be a pinker flower whilst the flowers on my plant are a real brick-red.

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Another splash of vibrant red beckoning me into the garden is the Chaenomeles which is being trained up the back fence.  It should be a real picture in a week or so when all the buds open.

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Having been drawn outside by the strident reds I found myself noticing more including these two delightful iris, which have really made my day.  I don’t remember planting them but I did plant out a lot of iris reticulata and histriodies corms that I had in pots back in the summer as I had read somewhere that they might grow better if planted deep in some shade rather than my normal practice of planting them in a sunny and dry location. A bit more research on-line and I think this is Iris histriodies ‘George’ which was definitely amongst the corms languishing in the pot collection for some years without producing any flowers.

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I also spotted some narcissus flowering, ridiculously early. I am pretty sure this is Narcissus ‘Geranium’.  A real delight but I do wonder where this season is going with spring flowers blooming some two months early.  Maybe we will get a cold spell in the next month and everything will revert back to normal.

Who knows what 2016 will bring, whatever it is I am sure it will be very interesting.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Brian Skeys says:

    Best wishes for an interesting 2016 Helen.
    Let’s hope the rain stops soon so that we can do some of the garden jobs planned to be done during the winter break!

  2. Some plants are triggered by rising temperatures and ill be flowering early this year. but there are others that depend on day length and will bloom at their ‘normal’ time, regardless of the weather.

  3. I have been carful to include plants that bloom in December and January into my garden design so I to can enjoy walking through the garden in the winter months to watch it change…Best wishes for 2016.

  4. Chloris says:

    Your little irises are early, there’ s no sign of mine yet.
    Happy New Year Helen.

  5. I’m glad the rain stopped for a while for you. It’s not slowed down much here!

  6. Lovely that you can see some life in the garden. Here in Kelowna, BC Canada the garden is knee deep in snow.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Findleberry
      I don’t envy you the snow, I really don’t like it much at all. They are talking about winters showers here which really means sleet which I am sure you would scoff at!

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