Small delights

Iris reticulata ‘Eyecatcher’

What a beautiful morning we have had today; blue skies and mild temperatures. The garden was positively sparkling this morning and it was a delight to go outside first thing to explore what had happened over the past week while I was at work.

Eranthis hyemalis

The week has seen the Eranthis appearing around the garden.  I have three varieties: Eranthis hyemalis, Eranthis schwefelglanz and Eranthis cilicia. Finally, the Eranthis hyemalis is starting to bulk up albeit it slowly and I am thinking that once they have finished flowering I will bring the various plants together into one border rather than dotted around the garden, as they are now.

Eranthis schwefelglanz
Galanthus galatea

I am rather fond of Galanthus galatea because of the long pedicels which allow the flowers to dangle in a charming way.

However, with the sun shining it would be foolish not to have taken the most of the opportunity to continue with the tidying that I had started over Christmas.  I had intended to tackle the back of the garden but as usual I became distracted and ended up tidying the patio.

It all started with transferring the wisteria bought last April at Bodnant into a larger pot without detaching it from the house wall.  Not the simplest thing but very satisfying when it was done. It then transpired that the old pot was just the thing I needed to pot up a climbing rose for the seating area.  Which of course led to me cutting back the bog garden (for want of a better name), scrubbing the table and chairs, weeding the various pots on the patio, and planting out a few things that had been lurking on the patio.

So whilst I may not have tackled the top of the garden the patio is now looking quite smart, well smart for me, which will encourage me to do more.

Hope you also had good gardening weather this weekend.

 

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    That ‘Eyecatcher’ Iris reticulata (first picture) is pretty excellent. I have only seen it in pictures.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      It is pretty but doesn’t appear to be as robust as others

    2. tonytomeo says:

      I would not expect it to be robust. I always figured it would like it does in pictures. People grow it because it is so unusual.

    3. Helen Johnstone says:

      Indeed, I intend to plant it out when it has finished flowering so it will be interesting to see if it comes back next year or not – not I suspect!

    4. tonytomeo says:

      Really? Although a diminutive plant, I would expect it to at least come back to bloom again. Was it expensive?

    5. Helen Johnstone says:

      Not really. I struggle to get iris reticulate to come back year on year in my garden

    6. tonytomeo says:

      Well, I will not try it anyway. I have plenty of other iris that grow like weeds. I would not mind it being a weak grower (I sort of suspect that it would be), but I would want it to bloom again.

    7. Sandra Driver says:

      I’m loving ‘Eye Catcher’ and am waiting for mine in pots to bloom!

    8. tonytomeo says:

      Well, it is good to know that I was not the only one who found them to be captivating.

  2. An effective way of bulking up winter aconites is to buy them ‘in the green.’ I have done this using the company Eurobulbs – https://eurobulbs.co.uk/aconite-eranthis-hyemalis.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Thanks AP for the tip – I’m not too worried about bulking up but I think the few I have would look better grouped together

  3. Cathy says:

    Distracted gardening – I do it often! But what a sense of achievement you will have for getting those outstanding jobs done 😀 Oh and yes, wasn’t it a wonderful morning?! ☀️

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Distracted Gardening – maybe I should change the blog name!

    2. Cathy says:

      Hmm, but are you more Distracted than Patient….?! 🙂

    3. Helen Johnstone says:

      Quite possibly!

  4. It was lovely and mild at the weekend – and I saw our first snowdrops of the year!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      It is always cheering to see the first snowdrops, means that spring is definitely on its way

  5. rusty duck says:

    ‘Eyecatcher’. It does what it says on the tin!

  6. Snigdha says:

    I love eranthis – and always think that the best way to help them naturalize is to sow the seed as soon as it is ripe. Very cheap, very effective, very satisfying – to see the seedlings appear in the first year after sowing and flowers in third or fourth 🙂

  7. Ali says:

    ‘Eyecatcher’ is certainly that! In love with miniature irises.

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