For us gardeners it seems difficult to talk about anything else than our gardens and the weather, yet – we seem to have a rather short memory when it comes to past weather. Do you remember what kind of weather we had last spring or the spring before? Well, I do, because I have written it down, but I also do because it was so extreme! I suppose for many of us, EXTREME is the word we could start using to describe the weather by in the future, no matter where we live.
Just to recap, if you don’t remember :-) Last spring was that really cold one here in UK that seemed to go on for forever and meant that at least in my garden, most plants were 4-6 weeks late. The spring before that one was the one that rained away. We had a winter drought and first week of April a hosepipe ban was introduced, 2 days later it started raining and didn’t stop until late August. Well, THIS spring has been rather cold, not too wet, pretty average I suppose, but it followed a really unusual winter where it rained non-stop for 4 months and at least in my garden, without any frost at all. So what has that meant to the plants in my garden this spring? I am pretty much average with most things, not early and not late. Some of the roses started flowering 2 weeks ago, the rest are just waiting for a week of a bit warmer weather and they will all be out. The really unusual thing has been all the plants that didn’t go into dormancy during the winter and therefore has either flowered all winter or started flowering much earlier than normal. More about that later.
Here on my patio is the only really sunny space in my garden, the sun-loving plants are fighting for the space here and apart from the big fuchsia which is soon to be moved down to the bottom of the garden, the rest of the plants have a rather distinctive Mediterranean feel.
Turning around is my seating area, and give it another month and this space will be filled with flowers!
Up from the patio are my nursery shelves. Mine has this rather unique ability to refill seemingly all by themselves whenever I manage to plant some of the plants out in the flowerbeds. I keep looking forward to the empty space on my shelves but as soon as I turn around they are full again!
Many of the cuttings are already flowering here on the nursery shelves, a sure sign they would rather like a bigger pot and a permanent space. OK, OK....can I please apply somewhere for a few more hours in the day? 4 or 5 extra would suit me very well!!
Do you remember the miniature fuchsias from last month? They are all doing well and in full flower, this is Fuchsia bacillaris 'Cottinghamii' and the plan is to turn this one into a Bonsai tree. It will take oh....4-5 years or so, so don’t expect to see any instant result here on my blog!
And this is Fuchsia 'Fuksie Foetsie', another lovely miniature that might end up as a Bonsai, not sure, it grows veeeery slowly, even I might get a tad impatient.
And this fuchsia is probably the most exciting I have bought this year, possibly ever! I am not sure if I can manage to keep it over winter, but that will of course depend on what kind of winter we get – another one of those we just had and it won’t be a problem at all. This is Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba', a fuchsia not really grown for its flowers but for its edible berries. If you have never heard of Fuchsia boliviana have a look at this page and tell me if this doesn’t look exciting?! I hope to be able to grow it in a large container so in case we do get a really bad winter at least I could take the container indoors for a few days, or wrap well with fleece.
Well, speaking of fuchsias, if you have been visiting regularly here on my blog, you will have noticed that all my fuchsias have been in flower since last July or so – right through the winter, and none of them got the dormancy period they were supposed to have, nor did they lose their leaves. I decided not to cut down my fuchsias, and just see what happens. So far that seems like a wise choice, they are all flowering like mad, and it’s been fun having fuchsia flowers at the same time as crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths! This is Fuchsia 'Snowburner'.
I hope you are not tired of seeing my fuchsias, because there is a whole season of flowers in front of us – I hope all my fuchsias are going to continue to flower until Christmas, possibly even longer if we get a mild winter! So yep, I hope you can stomach a few more fuchsia photos :-) This is Fuchsia 'Marcus Graham'.
And this is Fuchsia 'Deep Purple', all these three are trailing fuchsias, which I planted together as cuttings last spring in one pot. It is now a huge plant where all the branches are mixed together so it looks like one plant producing three different flowers. It is difficult to take photos that really shows you what an enormous plant this has become so here is a short video instead. If your download speed allows for it, please view in 720p or higher.
Back to the seating area in my garden and the bench where I often sit.
From this corner, my garden looks rather full already and very different from just a month ago. I can no longer see the path down to the end and the seating area feels nice and secluded.
All photos were taken during Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th this week, Tuesday was particularly challenging as the weather kept changing every few minutes and the wind that has plagued us for weeks on and off was pretty bad. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to try to take close-up photos of plants in windy weather! And every now and then the heavens opened up to all manner of precipitation…..
But the weather hasn’t been all bad, and starting from tomorrow and lasting a whole week we are promised some really good weather. My roses will like that!
The sunset tonight gave the assurance of good weather tomorrow.
That was some of the plants in flower this middle of May, I have many more but I simply can’t show you all of them, I don’t want to keep you reading into next week! If you do want to read some more you can head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, where you can find gardens from all over the world and see what’s in flower right now.
Until next time, take care.