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There has been hardly any rain for two months
now, and no rain forecast for next week either.
I have heavy clay soil so it is usually very damp, but there
are now some cracks which I've not seen here before.
Here are six things from the garden today.
I Have a few foxgloves that seed around, this
is a particularly fine example.
I have three Lupins in this patch.
The large purple one at the back is a random
Russell hybrid from Aldi.
The red one is L. 'My castle' (brick red) and the
blue one is L. 'Persian slipper'.
Very excited to see three new orchids appear this
They are all reasonably close together in the left back
corner area, so no where near either of
the other two orchids that I have.
I didn't notice anything here last year, but as they …
This has now grown to a good size and is covered in flowers.
In contrast to the other Geums that I have this is low growing and
so doesn't flop over everything else.
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Turns out that this is the first Six on Saturday I've done in about 10 months.
There has been very little rain for weeks and although there is plenty
of moisture under the surface especially at the front of the garden,
I've had to water plants that I've moved or planted and the Hellebore
which is in the driest part of the garden near the Cordyline.
My Tiarella's are in general not doing that well, surviving but
not thriving, you could say.
This Tiarella 'Emerald Elle' is an exception though.
I can't get over how lovely this Lewisia cotyledon Elise is.
It had a flower from late autumn all over winter and is now covered in
I made a mini-rockery for it with a couple of stones to protect it
from the wet winters. Perhaps it wasn't necessary but anyway it is
I planted 25 of these Tulip saxatilis, but I've been wondering
where they all are and if they are going to appear.
A few days ago I saw this one under the Sanguisorba leaves nearly
ready to flower and now it is out.
There are three unidentified
Tulips at the back of the garden that may also be these, but they are
much, much smaller at the moment. There are also various single
leaves without a flower which may be them too.
First flower of this
Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction' that I bought
in November when it didn't have any leaves above ground.
Lovely to see a bluebell out. I only have a few, as I've dug up all
the ones that didn't display most of the characteristics of
This is the Epimedium that I bought in summer last year, it was
flowering at the time I think.
The flowers are much larger than on the Epimedium × warleyense
which flowered earlier.
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You can compare with last year.
The average temperature was 8.8C with a minimum of -2.9C and maximum of 19.6C, so
the minimum was again lower than all of the winter months.
There were 3 frost days when the air temperature dropped below zero.
It rained on 4 days, but with a total of just 5mm of rain, so a very
dry month indeed. The only real rain was on the last two days of the
month, it is possible that the other two recorded days were just
It was definitely the month for tulips
there are many posts earlier in the month
on the individual tulips so I won't repeat
I planted Tulipa 'Ballerina'which appeared to be quite yellow on the packet but I see in internet photos is more orange. I think these are them, they could also be from …