Lonicera tragophylla has fabulous deep yellow flowers and right now it is weaving all the way through the large fig tree in the garden and looking quite magnificent. As wonderful as it is, it does lack the glorious honeysuckle scent, which saddens me, but the bees still love it so it is good to know that it isn’t an entirely frivolous addition to the garden.
Right now the apricot tree is so laden with fruit that I fear that branches will break under their weight, but I suspect that the June drop when fruit trees shed some of their excess fruit will reduce the numbers. Then there are various birds and squirrels who will plunder the tree once the fruit starts to ripen, so in the end I will probably just get a handful – but in the meantime its nice to dream of an abundance of apricots…………..
If ever there is a sight to lift my heart, it is seeing the mimosa tree in full bloom against a cloudless blue sky – and as the air warms its unmistakeable fragrance drifts in the breeze. It is a particularly welcome sight this year because last year’s relentless winter winds withered the buds before they could open and left the tree looking very sorry for itself. A late spring prune removed all the damaged wood as well as giving the tree its annual haircut to keep it looking dense and bushy.
Every now and again I do manage to follow my own advice and get things done at the right time of year. Last autumn I took cuttings from my increasingly leggy scented pelargoniums and overwintered them in the greenhouse. Nearly all of them have rooted, so I have potted them on into their own pots so that they can get established before I need the space for seedlings. I’ve also cut their leggy parents right back, given them a soak and a liquid feed to encourage new growth – one way or another the garden will be very fragrant this summer.
Having the heated propagator in the greenhouse has made all the difference to my seed sowing. No more lanky seedlings grown on the kitchen windowsill. As soon as they have germinated, they come out of the propagator and onto the bench. After a few days there, they are moved into the coldframe where they will stay until they are ready to be pricked out into individual cells or planted out.