Three Days to Eternity

Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra spectabilis

We spend time in the garden every day, even on bad-weather days, if only to have a quick peep to see what is in flower, what is doing well, or not, etc. We weren’t out over the weekend as we had an indoor attraction far more important than the garden – a six-month old grandchild in the house! – and a walk around the garden today was a time to notice how much can change in a very few days.

Erythronium 'Susannah' (1)
Erythronium ‘Susannah’

The grass is looking a little fluffy even though I cut it only last week, a real sign that the soil has warmed up and that the garden will be into full and profuse growth from now on; Frittilaria imperialis have come into flower;  the orchids are above ground in the beds and appear to have multiplied – they had been planted as single roots last year so it is good to see them begin to bulk up again; that bergenia that I was told came from Carmel Duignan’s garden has flowers – nice purple foliage and pink flowers, promising!; the first tulips are out in the garden – a yellow one whose name is long lost, T. kaufmanniana ‘Heart’s Delight’ is fully open; the Skunk Cabbage, Lysichiton americanus, is well into growth showing its yellow spathes; Leucojum vernum are all out of flower but the taller Leuojum aestivuum have continued the show; snowdrops are gone – just a few stray flowers on Galanthus ‘Lady Moore’ in a sheltered spot but daffodils are in profusion, some old varieties which have been years in the garden and some news ones to keep the interest going – one named ‘Chiva’ has multi-headed flowers and truly outstanding fragrance; magnolias are magnificent at the moment with M. soulangeana and M. stellata at their very best – they have escaped frosts this year though it is forecast for tonight; our native primroses are in full flower and their ornamental relatives are also in season; a number of pretty Primula x polyantha – a cross between our native primrose and the cowslip – are looking well in the garden with some different colours appearing also; Flowering currants are in full swing – I enjoy the smell from the foliage!; Erythroniums flower and vanish too quickly but they are so pretty and have such an attractive flower shape that they are worth growing; trilliums are terrific at the moment – I struggled with these for many years but now have a number which are thriving in the garden and it is still a thrill to have them growing well and flowering profusely; Snakeshead fritillaries are doing fabulously in our bulb lawn, they are obviously seeding about very generously and promise to be a feature in future years; what was expected to be an important old Irish daffodil – I received one bulb last autumn – opened today and was not what it should have been.. pffffffffff, there are often disappointments but tomorrow will have something else of interest; Arum creticum will surely open tomorrow and, maybe, the first of the yellow magnolias!

A lot happens in a few days in the garden!

Paddy Tobin

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2 thoughts on “Three Days to Eternity

  1. Hi Paddy, enjoyed your blog today. I can relate to it. I’m out everyday too, if only to have a quick peek at what’s happening. Over the weekend, I noticed my Dicentra spectabilis was in flower, so magnificent but I thought a bit early. Just woken up to snow this morning!! A light dusting but still…….hope my Dicentra is still there when I go out later. Sharp frost forecast for tonight. I love how you remember each and every flower you have! I’m still learning lol.

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    1. We have the most perfectly clear blue skies this morning but have also had a heavy frost. Our plans had been to visit Mount Usher today but the forecast has put us off – maybe we’ll go as far as Mount Congreve instead, only ten minutes away!


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