Suddenly winter is over and it feels as if we stepped into summer utterly missing spring. Temperatures had risen to 25°C lately and sunday I spent the day weeding. Yes because the frost killed (or almost killed) some of the new roses, especially the china but it didn’t harm any weeds. Drought delayed the spring bulbs but didn’t affect any weeds. I kind of like weeding though, it brings me to a very close, almost intimate level to the garden: I touch the soil, I check the new growth on plants from a very close view, I keep interesting seedlings from the perennials or discard the real weeds. And then, hey, it was so nice and warm that I got a remarkable suntan, I can always tell people I spent the weekend by the sea… (yeah, a sea of weeds!)
This morning I had a nice surprise: drinking my cup of tea I had a glance out of the kitchen window and I saw the cherry tree tilting its head to show me it was in full bloom.
Just one of the two but this is normal. As you can see this tree grows taller that the other one, I think it’s a kind of wild cherry, it produces millions of tiny blood red cherries, which have a big bone and taste a little bitter, I don’t eat them raw, I cook them with sugar and pour over gelato. The other tree will start to flower when the first is coming to an end but it produces good cherries though.
The part of the garden you see pictured above is kind of bare, I got rid of all the weeds that were conquering the gravel garden and kept the seedlings (especially echinacea and eryngium planum), now the ground is ready and this coming weekend we are going to finally lie the gravel. Next to it we are preparing the veggie garden, the soil has been dug, now I think we are going to use those plaster sticks to outline the beds and see what happens.
Cherry flowers have this soft, greenish smell which is very light but feeling it seems so intense to me.
By the cherry trees there are two large groups of narcissus Geranium, I wasn’t completely happy with them at the beginning but now I changed my mind: they’re strongly scented, rich of flowers and tall enough to see them from a distance:
Nearby I noticed the helleborus orientalis’ seedlings (that I collected from my previous garden) have finally managed to settle some good roots and produce new, mature foliage. Maybe I’m going to see some flowers next year… I wonder how ended their beautiful mum, in the other garden…
What you see around the seedlings is not grasses but weeds disguised like garden grasses to compel me and leave them alone… (as you can see from the picture they even start crying when I told they should go away, do you think I’m gonna have mercy?)
Other narcissus are in bloom, I was very curious to see all these bulbs I’ve planted to finally bloom: some of them are a revelation, others are a bit of a disappointment but at the end I’m going to order more and more this and in the next years, I’d like to kind of collect them.
Narcissus Mount Hood always makes me think of Linniew, as she told me it has been named after a mountain close to her house. When I ordered this variety the caption said ‘…ivory white flowers…’ and I quickly clicked on the ‘buy’ button, all this to discover a few months later that the flowers open with a insipidus yolk yellow crown, to turn a beautiful translucent ivory white in a couple of days. I prefer the older flowers:
Sailboat is a rather short variety and has beautiful narrow glossy dark green leaves. The crown colour changes from pale yellow to a yellowish white after a while. Very free flowering and slightly scented.
I thought narcissus Gold Flake would have had a more intensely coloured crown, as you can see the rim is pretty orange shading quickly to yellow at the base. I have two clumps of this narcissus, one of which is less exposed to the sun and the crowns kept their colour for longer. I like the tiny white spike at the tip of each petal.
I had another surprise with narcissus Minnow. Ok I’ve been told it’s small flowered and short but damn this are Barbiedoll’s daffs! They look so beautiful though, so ethereal you can’t even distinguish where the morning light ends and the flower begins. And if you happen to stumble or kneel in the sharp gravel behind them you even smell a good scent. They look like candies, you feel like eating one…
More other narcissus varieties are still making me wait but I’ll keep you posted as I am ready to be amazed by n. Copper Queen, which is supposed to be the best one, let’s wait and see…