I am going to ignore the gloomy wet week that has just past and revel in the blue skies and frosty morning of today. The water in the bird bath is well and truly frozen and the grass is fully frosted. It was a cold night. Time to enjoy the winter garden.
The beautiful view from one end of the garden. Most of the leaves are now down but this tree is still glowing with autumn colour.
The frost made finding six garden delights much easier. These are the frosted leaves of Cistus × purpureus ‘Alan Fradd’.
Frosted Primrose leaves. A sigh of relief goes with this picture. There were some lingering scented leaf pellies in this pot and I just got them into greenhouse in time. Last night in the greenhouse it was -.08 degrees.
The seeds of the verbenia bonariensis are going to provide a chilly snack for the birds today. But if they come late morning things might have improved. As I took these photos the sounds of dripping water indicated that the sun was melting the frost away.
My parsnips. They’ve had a couple of frosts now so its time for me dig up a few and see how they fared over the summer. Definitely an improvement on last year when none of the seeds germinated.
More beautiful leaf colour but also a bit of fail here as I didn’t prune the gooseberries in July and haven’t yet got round to doing the winter prune. Still there’s plenty of time – if I can be persuaded out into the garden.
So now we settle into winter dormancy for the plants. For me, I will finish the rose pruning, take down the passion flower and prune the soft fruits and the grapevine. I will, I will.
I wonder what is on Mr P’s to do list? Stop by and find out and catch up with other SOS news from around the world.
To avoid charges of misleading posts, this is not a delphinium themed post but Dad’s delphiniums do get pride of place this week. It is always good to have plants in the garden that hold memories of people and places and it seems particularly appropriate to share his delphiniums in this week of D-day memories. Dad followed up the first D-day landings on Sword beach as a member of a tank regiment and went on to the battle for Caen.
The delphiniums came from a division of the delphiniums that grew in the parental garden. They came to the old house and settled in their for twenty odd years. I divided them up when we moved and brought a clump with me. They have always reached a good height but this year they have excelled themselves, I am estimating at least two metres. I took this photo on Thursday as I was more than a little concerned for them suffering in the wet and windy weather that was forecast. So far, they are still standing proud.
I also have good memories attached to this geranium which came from Aunty Jen’s garden. It also moved gardens when we came here and it’s settled in well. I have a distant memory that it is ‘Johnson’s Blue’.
I do love a geranium and this one is ‘Brookside’. It’s a big sprawly one and beautifully grows around the roses, in this case ‘Wisley’. I wish I could be cheesy and say I have fond memories of the Wisley gardens but I’ve never been there.
The sweet peas are flowering. They were sown in February and have grown very chunky and strong. This variety is ‘April in Paris’ and I can say I have enjoyed many good times there. This is a beautifully scented variety with long stems.
I also enjoyed a good day out Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire a couple of years ago and this cistus was bought there. It’s ‘Alan Fradd’ and is laden with flowers at the moment.
The rainy weather of the last few days has been a wonderful relief for the garden. The water butts are filling up again and I imagine the slugs and snails are partying like mad. A few weeks ago I spotted this beautiful pot thrown out in a skip. I called at the house and asked if I could liberate it. I was amazed that anyone would want to throw it away but when I flexed the muscles to lift it from the skip I realised why. It is plastic! It fooled me but I was still happy to take it and give a new hosta a home. I’ve wrapped copper tape around the pot and mulched the top with a layer of slate chips that were lurking at the back of the shed. I’ve placed it on the wooden top of a raised bed. What more can I do? I’m pleased that I made a small contribution to plastic recycling and I now have another garden memory.
Mr P has a truly beautiful rose (I’m so envious) on show in his Six on Saturday and all the links to other sixes will appear in his comments section through the day. If it’s raining where you are put your feet up and have a good read.
Oh go on, indulge me! It’s Harry and Meghan’s day and here’s my Six:
I’ve planted up the containers. I’m very predictable. It’s always two geraniums and something else. This year I have two trailing ivy leaf geraniums, this one is Merlot.
And the something else is a trailing bacopa snowflake.
And the first of the blues is Polemonium caeruleum or Jacob’s ladder. I strayed from my plan to plant in blocks and just bought one of these. I am now trying it out around the garden to be sure I find the perfect spot for it.
The second red is of course a geum, Blazing Sunset. Bought last year at the Finchley Horticultural Society plant sale – which is where I shall be on Sunday, manning a stall.
The second white is a Cistus or rock rose. There is a label for this somewhere, but for now I am joining our noble leader in the var. unk. club! (I think it might be Alan Frapp).
The second blue was a difficult choice but I’ve decided to save my favourite one for next week… For this week it’s going to be Geranium himalayense ‘Gravetye’. It’s just coming into flower and is doing a great job filling out the new border.
Okay, so maybe the blues are a little purple and one of the reds is on the verge of orange but I think you get my drift!
Happy weekends everyone, be it weddings, football, plant sales or gardening! And save some time for reading all the other sixes as featured at The Propagator’s blog.