Finally the bit about gardening!

Well folks,

It is raining! Hooray! (Although a bit too late for the hosepipe ban which is now in effect…and why wasn’t there a hosepipe ban last year when it was equally dry?????)

Lots has been happening in my gardening world. Spring had almost sprung, then went back to bed for a lie-in. The Blackthorn is in flower and the weather is almost wintery.

I visited recently the gardens at Munstead Wood, those wonderful ideas that Jekyll laid down all those years ago, with the help of Lutyens. A nice stroll and look about resulted in me discovering a new plant for myself. Sadly, without my note book I promptly forgot it, but suffice to say, it was beautiful, white, spring flowering and rhizomatous. The leaves look remarkably like hemp, so if you know what it is drop me a line. (I didn’t get a photo). Doh!┬áThe house itself was reasonably interesting, Lutyens having borrowed many ideas from medieval history, but was firmly seated in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ domain.

Another beautiful moment was the discovery that the Wisteria is flowering. Perhaps a tad early, but nonetheless a welcome sight.

Wisteria sinensis

Despite to grotty, but welcome nonetheless, weather, the dawns have been remarkable on some occasions.

However, there have been some remarkable storms. I myself was caught in a hail storm, the like of which I have never seen in the UK. From clear and warm afternoon to two inches of ice in a matter of minutes was surprising to say the least!

One thing I am worried about is the lack of bees. We are now well into the fruit flowering period, yet unlike last year, there a no bees, save the odd bumble. Considering we had lots of bees on the Camelia flowers in February, this is most concerning. (If you don’t believe me check out the photo…) I have spoken to beekeepers, who have said their hives have collapsed or have simply left. WHAT is going on folk?

bee on Camelia flower, february 2012

However, scientists are scratching there heads as to what will happen in the future.

Fingers crossed then.

 

Lucky gardening!

Guy

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