As I write this, we’re being well and truly battered by storm Eunice, which is making its presence felt in many a garden in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands…coming off the English channel, the winds hit Flanders at 133km/hr (=82 miles/hr). Living here now, watching the big lime trees (Tilia x europaea) adjoining our house and garden sway this way and that, I’m taken right back to the great storm of 1987 in the UK, as a school girl watching another row of lime trees swaying alarmingly from my bedroom window in the Kentish countryside, and getting up the next morning to find one of them had crashed right through our garden, thankfully missing the house. Gulp…well I hope everyone comes through the other side ok.
So, it’s not gardening weather! But luckily I took some photos earlier this week, during a sunny interlude, to show you some nice things for Six on Saturday:
1 Iris reticulata ‘Katharine’s Gold’. At last I have some pretty irises popping up. This one is in the glade.
2 Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’. This is my favourite, I love the deep and intense colours, and it’s also the tallest, making the most impact. I’ve grown them in pots, and they’re benefitting from the protection of the mini greenhouse during Storm Eunice!
3 Iris reticulata ‘Frozen Planet’. The name really appealed to me, so I gave these a go, but I find them a little washed out. They look a bit better against a blue background, so here they are with my big Moroccan-blue pot.
4 Primula vulgaris. I have lots of these, they have cross-bred among themselves to produce an array of colours, mostly in soft pastel shades, but the one I really like is of course the slug-nibbled one. It’s got rich Venetian tones.
5 Snowdrop. By contrast, I don’t have many of these! For some reason, they don’t seem to like the conditions here, despite it being quite a woodlandy type of garden. So I tried these Galanthus elwesii in pots; named after H.J. Elwes, an English plant collector who found them in Turkey. I suspect they’d be happier there than here!
6 Red squirrel chase. To end on a bit of fun, how many red squirrels can you spot in this video? We normally have a daily visit from at least two of these ‘rapid red rodents’, as my brother-in-law describes them, and they never tire of chasing each other round and round the tree trunks. I haven’t yet figured out if they’re fighting for territory or mating rights!
Saturday morning update: storm Eunice has passed, leaving us relatively unscathed. Our neighbour’s fir tree lost a big branch but luckily was caught in the branches of the other trees:
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