Tuesday, November 20

Then there are the early risers

In a previous post I wrote about the plants that were refusing to accept that summer had been and gone but there are also those that think we must have had winter and that spring is just around the corner. How I wish they had got that right!

Kelli in Northern Ireland  wrote that the aubretia in her garden was already flowering. Although our variegated aubretia doesn't have as many flowers as Kelli's it is still making an effort. Only one flower but there are more buds.
In the blue and white border one of the omphalodes (unflatteringly also called the navelwort) has also produced a couple of flowers.
The flowers are a lovely blue. It's related to borage so the blue gene runs in the family.

The laminum is providing the white element of the border.
The flowers are a bit bedraggled but that doesn't seem to be deterring it as it is producing quite a lot of flowers.

But then there were the bulbs planted on the 6 October. I planted some in pots which could be later transferred to the front garden. The idea is that once the perennials have died down and the bulbs planted last year have shooted, I should be able to place the new bulbs without disturbing those already planted.

These bulbs are keen to make their mark and are already pushing to the surface.
Narcissus Dickcissel
Mixed Irises
I do appreciate the plants efforts to bring a little spring into the garden but I really think that they may regret getting up quite so early!

PS: Charms of goldfinches are certainly adding interest and colour to the garden at the moment. We could sit watching them for hours. Martyn set up the video camera yesterday and has posted the results on his blog here. They look very at peace with one another but it isn't always the case as there is a fair bit of squabbling too.


Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author by S Garrett

12 comments:

  1. How I love seeing the bulbs nosing their way through the soil! Hope of spring and we haven't got to winter yet!

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    1. Let's just hope winter when it comes isn't too unkind, GS

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  2. I think this November is much milder than it's been for the past couple of years, the bulbs will think it's time to wake up. I hope they don't have too much of a shock when winter does arrive. I love watching all the squabbles on the bird table, it's like a soap opera.

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    1. I think the bulbs should be OK, Jo. The ones directly in the ground are keeping their heads down. I guess tubs warm up quicker.

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  3. I still have borage flowering in my garden also poppies & some daisy looking flowers. I like to leave them as long as possible in case a bee appears. I'm daft I know.

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    1. Then I'm daft too awpol as I'd do the same!

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  4. There are so many things that are getting confused at the moment Sue. One days you will have the frosts on the ground and then the next we think about discarding our winter coats and turning off the heating. There's no wonder the poor plants are getting confused!!

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    1. Haven't got to the turning off the heating stage yet Tanya.

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  5. My aubretia are still going strong and look to be happy with the weather conditions. I noticed crocus coming up in October. I'll have to check out your goldfinches now at Martyn's. They are lovely birds.

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    1. They are lovely Kelli - no wonder the Victorians kept them in cages!

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  6. Goldfinch are hilarious when they start fighting, not exactly restful though! We get large flocks of sparrows spinning, whirling and chattering away. Not as pretty, but great fun.

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    1. We get sparrows too, Janet but not many at the moment. I still love watching them and think when you look closely they may not be as colourful but have beautiful markings

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