My self-seeded Calendulas are nowhere near flowering, they are just at the fourth leaf stage. The Mimulas are doing their best; the Bluebells, also late, are nearly at the end of their flowering.
|These hibernated last winter with the first frosts. I don't blame them|
One Viola flower, (self-seeded) which has been sheltering at the edge of the path kerb stone and which, is also protected by car wheels, was pert and happy till yesterday. I think another bloom will take its place. Half of the blooming Pansies I planted last month, for want of a bit of colour, have survived quite well.
Slugs are thriving according to the distinct signs on my Primulas and the podgy slug I picked up yesterday. Alliums have poked their leaves above ground this year and I have seen some flower buds growing on a few.
|Primula Candelabra just starting to grow flower branches|
|Three Candelabras and growing more.|
I was given some incubated Livingston Daisy plants. I wondered if they were worth planting as they were so leggy and also they had not been hardened off. Nonetheless, I put some in the ground and a few in a plant pot: nothing ventured, nothing gained. There are some positive signs of recovery. I wonder though, if they will have any time to flower.
I am hoping I will have some pleasure out of a few Hollyhock seedlings, which originate from a healthy plant, which grew up to two metres tall. I have planted a couple of the seedlings in a sunny spot, (for when we have sun) either side of a tree trunk. The thinking is, that if they do grow, there will be some protection and support for them. The remainder are amongst other plants.
The three clusters of Lupin leaves I now have, look as if they may produce flowers. This was my only Lupin last year and it flowered in early November! It would be great to get a bigger show this year from the Crocosomia. 'Hope springs eternal'.
|From this one flower three more Lupin clusters have grown.|