Wednesday, 04 Apr 12 Cloudy 7°C / 45°F
The polyanthus are looking very strong considering they had so little snow cover this winter. I was really worried about them but it turns out there was no need. The plants have grown since last year, forming nice solid clumps. Other than that one early bloom, there are no signs of buds but they will come. They’re usually at their prime in May and it’s only the 5th of April.
In the woodland garden, there are signs of life as well. Three deciduous species, so far, have deigned to make an appearance… P. denticulata, P. japonica and P. maximowiczii. All three species look strong and healthy although the crowns are still small. I’m particularly pleased with this last one as I had always considered the species to be delicate. Apparently, I was wrong. They came through the winter with flying colours and appear to be large enough for blooms this year… they were only started last spring.
Although the drumstick primroses already have flower buds, they look like they’re going to be somewhat stunted. That’s okay – well, it will have to be, won’t it – as it’s just their first year for blooms and I expect with each passing year they will grow longer and stronger scapes.
I’ve been using the ‘showing true leaves’ milestone to show that these deciduous species are crowning. I know it’s not the correct milestone but as long as I remember…
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