Still joining in with Cathy’s lovely end of season posts at Words and Herbs, celebrating the flowers we’ve enjoyed over the year. What a lift to the spirits! I’m sticking with May apple blossom today.
There was a lot of flower on my three little ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ this year, but strangely not as much fruit as I expected. Perhaps we had a late frost? I’m not journalling so much about the garden these days, so I have no proof … Must try harder in 2022!
My goodness, that date just doesn’t seem possible! Can you remember where you were when the clock struck midnight on 31 December 1999? I can. I was at a village celebration in a deconsecrated church in Suffolk – with not an idea in my head that I’d be living in France 21 years later.
Keep on following the ‘breadcrumbs’, that’s as good a way as any to live. My ‘breadcrumbs’ are mostly flowers and gardens. (And they do sometimes lead me astray, into territory I never dreamed of.)
At the same time that the apples were flowering, there was a new sheet of forget-me-nots in the orchard border, carefully sown from seed filched by the BV from the carpark on the other side of the garden wall at Denmans garden in West Sussex. What a joy they were this spring – I’m glad to say that they’ve reseeded and have now been spread about a little into the new orchard border.
Also the Camassia leichtlinii ‘Caerulea’ amongst the grasses in the lower Hornbeam Gardens. I need to plant more – they are bulking up a little, but the effect is so pretty I’ll never want to stop adding them.
And some tulips: ‘Blue Heron’ and ‘Paul Scherer’ – they’ve been in the ground for a few years now and normally I add to them every season. I didn’t this year, so it will be interesting to see what the display is like in 2022. I noticed that some of the ‘Blue Heron’ have been affected by the Tulip breaking virus that was at the heart of the 17th century tulip mania. Pretty, don’t you think?. Although they are unlikely to earn me a fortune.
To say goodbye today, here’s my little rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’ that I’ve been growing in a pot for years – too scared to plant it out on my heavy, limey soil, but I think I might give it a go in 2022. It gives lots of joy up near the house but ‘could do better’. It was going over on the same day that the apples were flowering, but with hints of those lovely fresh green foliage shoots beginning to sprout just under the flowers.
Where were you at midnight on 31st December 1999? Did you imagine your current reality in 2021?
Pop over and see the other sparkling contributions to Cathy’s ‘Week of Flowers’ meme. And a big thanks to her for hosting! It’s got me all reflective and resolved for a fine 2022 – December’s the perfect month to go inwards and do just that.