Camellia japonica ‘Adeyaka’
It’s camellia time.
This is the latest introduction to the garden and it is a stunner. The picture doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a very deep maroon, as opposed to the dark pink that appears on my screen.
Maybe I need a new screen. I dutifully followed Mike into PC World yesterday as he went in looking for an ethernet cable. They are not the most exciting things on earth and faced with a display of many and assorted wires and connectors it was easy to succumb to the temptation to wander off finishing up purely by chance (ahem) at the Apple stand. I must have ticked all the boxes of a likely Apple purchaser because after only a couple of minutes the manager turned up. By the time Mike reappeared clutching his £10 purchase the aforementioned manager and I had specced up a replacement for my aged MacBook Pro at a cool £2000. Perhaps unsurprisingly I was hastened from the premises.
This established camellia first appeared on the blog, and in full bloom, in the middle of January and it’s still going strong. It looks well at home in its woodland edge setting.
A double, also inherited (variety unknown) has now joined it in flower up on the bank.
Vibernum x bodnantense
Another one with staying power. It’s been flowering on and off since last autumn. Although some of the blooms are looking a little jaded now, I’ve never seen it so jam packed with fragrant pink clusters.
There’s been a bit of a seismic shift over the last day or two.
I have decided to abandon growing bulbs in the ground. The wire cages that I planted them into last year worked a treat. To a point. The mice now just wait until the juicy young shoots break through the top of the cage and then snap them off. Once again I’ve lost everything I planted. It’s not a decision taken lightly as I love Spring bulbs, but really, after three years of trying, what’s the point?
Not everything suffers. There are plenty of grape hyacinths, daffodils too. The previous incumbent tackled the mice far more aggressively than we do, with traps and I suspect much worse. The inherited planting seems to survive.
So what’s this?
A foolhardy addition if ever there was one? Especially as it’s not only the mice that I need to worry about here..
I have fallen for its charms. No, not yours Ptolemy. Well, maybe a bit.
The focus this year will be to mouse proof the greenhouse and the cold frames and start a collection of exquisite and rare bulbs in pots. Alpines too. Delicate things that would be unlikely to survive the rigours of the Devon climate without some protection.
Corydalis ‘George Baker’
Inside or outside? It needs a little shade, a woodland setting. Maybe bulk it up a bit before planting it out.
There has been an explosion of pale yellow over the last couple of weeks. Not only in the garden but in the Devon banks and hedgerows that run alongside every country lane as the wild primroses come out in force. They are even popping up in the middle of the lawn.
The white forsythia. Gentler on the eye than its namesake, flowering earlier too and scented.
Moving indoors I have an orchid in flower.
And then there’s this.
I retrieved it from my mother’s room at the nursing home, after she died. It had been intermittently watered and with the benefit of a little tlc has produced some new leaves. But I had no idea that it flowered, bearing the most delicate of blooms imaginable.
Can anyone help me with an ID?
Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens (here), where you will find many other March bloomers from around the world.