Blue Returning

Meconopsis.

Himalayan Blue Poppy.

Of course, they don’t look like that now. They look like this:

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I bought this plant last year and it’s spent the winter in a small pot. Shrivelled, blackened leaves convinced me of its demise. But, like Doctor Who, it is regenerating!

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I’ve planted it in a bigger pot, but it really needs to be rooted firmly in the ground, like the one I photographed last year, whose blue radiance drew people towards it like a beacon. One of my neighbours even asked permission to come round and take its photograph. Of course I was delighted. Beauty is for sharing!

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Looking forward to the blue returning …

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meconopsis

Lupins and Hollyhocks

A little progress report

Something else I couldn’t resist. In my post ‘Four Garden Plans’ (August 2016), I outlined some ideas. Just a wish list of plants, really.

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I’ve taken the second step today: lupins. A blue, a pink and a white. Delightfully old-fashioned! I remember them growing at my grandmother’s house: tall, graceful spires in a stony garden. Here are my plants, holding gem-like drops of water.

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Can’t wait to see if they flower!

I also bought one white double hollyhock, which has fantastic leaves. I’m hoping it will look like the flower on the right, long gone now … (taken in 2014).

 

So When I Got Home …

… it was raining.

My gardening plans came to nothing, apart from a quick look round and some photographs taken on my phone.

The pansies have survived their first night in the ground and the miniature daffodils have started to open. Pity about the rain, although I think the droplets suit them.

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Grape hyacinths shaping up well. Out soon, I think.

 

Happy Faces

Viola ‘White Rose Wing’

(bought at Homebase)

I’ve planted these out today – at the front of the house, so that I’ll be greeted with a smile when I arrive home from work tomorrow. The gentle colours remind me of sugared almonds at my grandma’s house!

Although it was quite cold working outside in the wind, the results later in the spring will make up for it. I also repotted some other plants to give them a new lease of life. Much more work to be done over the next few weeks …