Friday, 30 January 2009
They Missed the Boat
It really has been the sort of January day when hibernation seems an attractive option. We woke up to wet and windy and although both slowly eased off it has been a day for keeping snug indoors. I have been playing about with Picasa. this afternoon. I had great fun choosing my plants for the desert island challenge at Shirls Gardenwatch blog last week, but it was almost asking the impossible to narrow it down to three ! Well today I have made a collage of the almost but not quites. These are all plants that I grow in our garden. Some have been there for years whilst others are comparatively new residents. I really wanted to include a hardy geranium in my three choices, as they are the first perennials that I got into in a big way, but I could not narrow it down to one. Moreover scent was a must have when I made my desert island choices. Sadly hardy geraniums beautiful, often long flowering, and resilient as they are, are simply not scented, with the occasional exception of the foliage. Nothing to make you swoon though. All these were photographed in our garden, except the geranium pratense which was photographed at Catforth Gardens in Lancashire,and clematis 'Alionushka', which was photographed at Buckland Abbey in Devon. I have a feeling that Catforth Gardens no longer opens to the public but must check. The gardens there were beautiful and held a national collection of hardy geraniums. There was also a most tempting nursery attached, where I just had to set a geranium or two free each time we visited.
So here are the candidates that missed the boat to that desert island:
Top left - Geranium pratense 'Plenum Caeruleum' or 'Plenum Violaceum' - I am not sure which. Need a flower to check.
Bottom left- Geranium seedling (not sure of its parents) but the bees like it.
Top centre - Clematis 'Alionushka'
Centre - hellebore
In little jug - Clematis 'Arabella', clematis jouiniana 'Praecox', thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double' and rosa 'The Fairy'.
Top Right - Aquilegia
Geranium clarkei 'Kashmir White'
Bottom right - Clematis 'Petit Faucon'