Another year draws to an end, and new beginnings are afoot in the garden. I have to admit that I used up most of the pretty pictures for my post about the solstice earlier this week, so this is a less romantic post, but with a few Christmasy bits thrown in. It’s another gloomy old day, shrouded in fog, but indoors the decorations are quite cheery. So straight to it:
1 Lunaria annua. I showed you the seed casings of Honesty in the garden a few weeks back, and here they are with a make-over, sprayed in gold paint. In French the plant is known as ‘la monnaie-du-pape’, the Pope’s coins, and they do seem to fit that description! Hydrangea paniculata panicles also got the golden treatment – sorry it’s a bit dark but I didn’t want to use the flash.
2 Schlumbergera x buckleyi. The Christmas cactus is out at more or less the right time. It’s a good plant to drape over the edges of tables. The leaves are interesting, as they are actually modified stem sections rather than true leaves, and they produce adventitious roots from them, so it’s a very easy plant to propagate. This one is a cutting from a larger plant, that is a cutting of a cutting of a cutting of my mother-in-law’s mother’s plant!
3 Iris reticulata. Venturing briefly outside into the foggy gloom and unzipping the mini-greenhouse cover, what do we find inside? Bulbs emerging! I love growing Iris reticulata because it blooms in February, and is a signal to me that spring is on its way. This year, prompted by Six-on-Saturday posts last year from other Iris R. lovers, I’ve expanded my range and in addition to ‘Harmony’, am growing ‘Katharine’s Gold’ and ‘Frozen Planet’.
4 Primroses and crocus. I am trying not to walk on the ground outside too much, as it can get very compacted at this time of year, but I did take a quick look earlier and saw more bulbs emerging, this time crocus planted under the crab apple tree, and even a couple of primrose flowers, they have made a nice snack for something.
5 Wildlife corner. The glade is the wilder part of the garden, so it gets left to its own devices. Last year we had a delivery of logs, too many to store in the shed, so we created a little woodpile here for the creatures to overwinter in.
6 Wreath making. Let’s go back indoors now, it’s rather chilly out. Wreath making has become a favourite Christmas tradition of ours. Here’s proof that even a teenage boy can be roped in to help occasionally! We use whatever we can find in the garden, and add a few cones and decorations. The straw tower, vaguely bottle-shaped, was the packaging for some very old bottles of port!
And the final result:
That’s all for this week, the Propagator is hosting plenty more posts as usual. Thanks for another great year of Six on Saturday Mr Propagator! Next Saturday is Christmas day, so not sure if there will be time to post, perhaps just a quick one to wish you all a Merry Christmas.