As I predicted recently my King Alfred daffodils have started to flower and more jonquils are also on the way.
After a wet week today has been one of those lovely, sunny winter days where it has been warmer outside than inside. I decided that I had better get on with pruning the rose bushes in my front garden. I always like to get the three bushes there and the three in the back garden pruned by the end of July but as July is often one of our wettest months it doesn’t always happen.
I don’t always enjoy the job, the bushes are thorny, the ground is muddy and I am short so it is not easy to reach the tops of them. For that reason I like to cut them back fairly severely every year. If I let them get too tall I’d never be able to prune them.
I did two today before I had enough. It took a couple of hours. I could have done one more but instead had a walk round the garden to see what bulbs were coming up. I have had jonquils flowering since May, silly things don’t know it’s winter. I can see the Erlicheer daffodils and the King Alfred are growing well and we’ll probably see them next month.
I planted a few bluebells and grape hyacinths under the apple tree and I can see a few of them have popped up although they are still too tiny to photograph well.
I planted some pots of bulbs in mid May and of those the one with freesias and bluebells is making the best progress, another one with more freesias and grape hyacinths is starting to sprout but no sign of the tulips yet. I never have a lot of luck with them but they do bloom later here so maybe it is just too soon.
I had a look at the new rose bushes that were put in last summer but they only needed a snip here and there. They are still babies.
Finally I sat in the sun and ate my belated lunch and then brushed Cindy who is shedding like crazy at the moment.
In Australia we plant our bulbs in April and May for flowers in August and September. However, nobody mentioned that to these Jonquils which decided they wanted to flower now. These are from bulbs that have been in the ground for several years now and they have got more and more out of sync with the seasons.
Luckily for me although it is nearly winter and there are not many flowers left in my garden I have taken a lot of photos of them over the past spring and summer and previous ones. I don’t really like gardening but I do like flowers and I like sitting out in the garden and being able to look at flowers so I have easy ones, roses, bulbs, perennials and the odd pot of colour like pansies and petunias.
Really I do prefer to see flowers in colour, I’ve preferred to see almost everything in colour since around 1970 when I bought my first roll of colour film but I’ve grown to appreciate the subtleties of black and white through participating in this challenge over the past couple of years.
I took all of these photos last year sometime in Spring. They are all taken around Oatlands at my house, the hospital and down the High Street. All the flowers looked so pretty in colour I thought it a shame to fade them to B&W. The photos did remind me of old gardening magazines I used to read years ago. There was one called “Your Garden” and I had a lot of those. Everyone should have planted their Spring bulbs by now and I am looking forward to seeing all the flowers at the Botanical Gardens. I don’t have so many flowers in my own garden because I am too lazy to do the hard work it requires to have a nice garden. Here are my flowers for this week’s challenge.
I’ve been fascinated by the “Out of Bounds” feature in my editing program and have made numerous attempts to get it right. This is the first one that I have been really happy with.
These bulbs recently flowered. I’ve had them growing in a pot for so long that I forgot what they were. I think the proper name is Lilium longiflorum.