when it’s a Bank Holiday weekend and it’s freezing and you’re snowed under with work?
You garden, of course.
Because there was the annual plant fair at Crug Farm Plants, and a trip was planned. Unfortunately not so planned was my ability to take everything I needed, and I managed to leave my spare camera batteries behind. So there are no pictures of Helen (The Patient Gardener), Karen (Artist’s Garden) or Jane (garden blog commentator extraordinaire), or exciting plant stalls. Or cake.
I was even quite sensible. I had a budget and, astonishingly, managed to stick to it. I even managed to hold back a little as we were calling at a garden centre, the wonderful Fron Goch, on the way home. My purchases were rather ordinary compared to the others (though why Helen needed anything, I’m not sure, as the mantra for the day was ‘I’ve got one of those,’ with which we all took to joining in, and even saying of plants in our own gardens). But she did buy some wonderful plants.
So did I, even if they weren’t so – um, unusual. As you can see:
There’s a big Salvia pratensis in front which I bought at Fron Goch in defiance of my ‘don’t mess with the meadow’ ethos. I vaguely remembered a tiny mention in Christopher Lloyd’s Meadows: ‘We saw a good deep “blue” form of Salvia pratensis. I wish I could get hold of that. Its colouring is so often weak and muddy.’ Well, I’ve had the weak and muddy before – in my last garden – but I thought this one looked promising; I’d love a blue in the meadow. It was also huge, and I thought it could be split. It has been, and is now installed in place. We’ll see on the weak and muddy front.
Behind it are some of the other purchases from Crug – a pyrethrum (I’m so predictable), some lovage (my seeds didn’t germinate), and the thistle head of Cirsium rivulare atropurpurescens which I bought from Special Perennials, who had a wonderful stall. I also bought an iris from them – the old intermediate, Braithwaite. Deep purple velvety falls. Let’s hope it flowers this year…
And I bought this little lovely:
An Erodium trifolium. Isn’t it gorgeous? I just want to admire it!
I’m keeping it safe in the greenhouse at the moment, because we are still getting some nasty cold nights. And that’s a task I haven’t got round to – no, not arranging the weather, arranging the greenhouse. It is a bit of a mess, I admit it. There’s a backlog due to the horrible overnight temperatures. The plants in the cold frame should have gone out; the ones in the greenhouse should have gone into the cold frame, and they haven’t; the seedlings in the house badly need pricking out and moving into the greenhouse. And the tomatoes need planting up.
Is there a warm weather version of a rain dance? Please?