Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Planting Out My Tree Fern

Today was a nice sunny day and my fingers were itching to do something in the garden. The ground has thoroughly thawed and the ice on the pond has melted so I decided to finally plant out my Dicksonia Antarctica. Granted she is looking a bit rough. It hasn't been much colder than last year but it has been dryer and more windy which accounts for the desiccation of most of the foliage. I had the plant protected with straw all around the little stem held together by some cardboard. Since I am not anticipating any truly  hard frost so I removed the outer layer of straw and just kept the straw that is covering the crown.

As you can see two years in this pot has left it severely pot bound. The fibrous roots are impossible to tease apart in any way shape or form so I am not going to bother. I trust the roots will fan out in search of moisture by their selves.

This is the spot where it is going. Last summer my extremely beloved Japanese Acer succomed so some nasty fungus. We have been having some drainage problems of late which the poor little tree just couldn't handle. As you can see we have installed a new gutter to try and remove some of the excess water. I have good hope the tree fern will be much better suited to deal with a little bit of extra water. I was a bit concerned about their hardiness but I have had her outside for the last two winters with the same protection I can give it when she is in the ground.

Digging the hole was a bit tricky since the lighting cables run through this bit but eventually it fitted. It doesn't look like much yet but I hope the increased space will accelerate growth a bit. When the crown starts shooting up new fronds I'll begin to remove the damaged foliage and it should be back to looking like the glorious plant it is.

Edit: This was stupid, now it's dead. Damn you unpredictable Spring weather.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Wake Up

 It is that frustrating point in the year where it is still unmistakably winter but there are some flickers of spring to come. After close examination you can find little signs of life and unfortunately some death as well. On top is a bud of one of my Cypripediums, the flowers I am most excited for and I am happy that the plant seems alive and well, though I hope this is not the only bud.

This one already has four buds but here I am also hoping for a couple more. If there is going to be some more considerable frost I intend to cover these with a couple of leaves just to be on the save side.

Aquilegia 'Black Barlow' is pushing out new foliage. I really love this flower but I think after this year I will move this one because it grows so so big, overshadowing some of my other gems.

All the plants on the north wall have done exceedingly well (original post here). Especially the Clematis Armandii has been a big success so far. It has grown immensely and stayed green even though there have been periods of hard frost. Now it is bursting with these buds.

The white Meconopsis seems to have survived so far as well the bud is tight and solid. I have some hope I will finally get a Meconopsis flower this year even if it isn't the blue I so desire.

Unfortunately I have managed to kill yet another Meconopsis. Meconopsis Napaulensis looked OK only a couple of months ago but on closer exception the crown had rotted and the roots pictured have turned to mush.

All in all some encouraging news and I for one can't wait for spring.
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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Crocus Time Lapse

Slowly things are awakening so I hope I can write a non Time Lapse post soon. However I think this is my best one yet. Lovely marbled crocus.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Snowdrop Timelapse

Spring is slowly approaching and the snowdrops are pushing their way through the fresh snow. Here is a little Time Lapse vid of an opening snowdrop that I made.