Not much gardening to be done on the first day in December, you might think. But noted today how the shrubs cut back so drastically just a short while ago are already beginning to put put up new shoots.
The indomitable holly – reduced to little more than a pole – is already sending out new leaves!
Like wise the Quince and the shrub rose.
You don’t expect new growth so late in the season but it is so mild, with little sign of the cold winter that had been predicted back in September.
Less welcome? A plastic bottle thrown over the wall by some ghastly child. I make that assumption by the style and content of the bottle. I hate littering – and hate it even more when people litter my garden!
On better things…
The spider plant given me by my friend Misha is flowering well.
As are my selection of orchids, which, having finished flowering back in June, have been on holiday in the conservatory all summer. I have brought them indoors in case of frosts. I have nine orchid plants and had some of those for up to ten years. Most are showing flowers and/or flower spikes. Tip – they thrive on neglect! I water once a week (or even fortnight!)and feed every third watering.
This morning we had a frost – second of the season – and more forecast later in the week so time to give my scented pelargoniums their annual scalping before being stashed in the conservatory for the winter.
The flowers are very pretty, but small, yet the scented leaves more than make up for that. Not just because running your hands over them leaves your skin smelling so sweet but also because they provide a gorgeous intricately cut foliage to offset pots of the more blowsy annuals.
I have three of these, the original plants all being bought some twelve or more years ago at the National Herb Centre in Warmington near Banbury, Oxfordshire. Well worth a visit if herbs are your thing!
These are doubtless daughter plants from those originals. They are ridiculously easy to propogate from cuttings. Hack of pieces of fresh growth and push them into a pot of well-drained compost and you will have dozens in no time!
These plants as with any pelargoniums, are fragile, however, and need to be cossetted through the frosty months. I have :
One Pepper-scented plant
One Rose-scented plant
One Lemon-scented plant
All are now safely trimmed and tucked away for the winter
Posted in Blogging, Courtyard Garden, gardening, Jan Edwards, Penkhull Press
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Misha and I will be chatting about books and writing and 6×6 with Becs and Rob on the Curtain Call show – 6towns radio at around 4.30 today – s0 don’t forget to tune in HERE