Perhaps it is being optimistic to describe the break in the rainfall as an interlude but all gardeners, though forever complaining about this and that, are optimists for we perennially plant for the future with visions of beauty ahead though the present may be dull and overcast.
Between the heavy morning rain and the forecast equally heavy evening rain I made a dash to the garden to do a small job – spreading fertilizer on the two small lawns to the front of the house as the rain would wash it in later – and to have a quick walk around to see what was of interest.
I was not disappointed for a plant I had feared was twice lost – lost in two senses in that one had died and another, a purchased replacement, was simply misplaced – was standing proud and healthy and I was delighted. A friend had given me a piece of Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Betgerg’, a purple form of Solomon’s Seal which I had wished to grow for many years. The piece he gave me failed to show last year and when I spotted it for sale I couldn’t resist purchasing. This latter was planted and I forgot where I had done so – an increasingly common occurrence which I try to counteract with diligent labelling. The purchased plant is standing about 40cm tall among clumps of Narcissus canaliculatus which explains why I couldn’t see it until now and the plant from my friend has sent up two small shoots so it is alive and will be well in time. Hooray! Such little things bring happiness and it is good to be able to be happy with little things.
Elsewhere in the garden…