End of Year Floral Review.
This is a bit of a long blog, but I have enjoyed looking back at 12 months of photographs. So I hope you will too.
The Weather people have told us that 2012 has been the wettest year on record, well it’s certainly been one of the most difficult growing seasons I can remember.
Dull, cool, cloudy days with constant downpours have resulted in many trips out cancelled and outdoor events waterlogged.
Several heavy falls of snow made traveling conditions difficult and any soft of horticulture activities non-existent. A few seeds were sown here and there in the greenhouse, but hibernation was in full swing.
Early March and the first larger flowers came out Starting with the Pulmonarias and the Primula, on warmer days I saw the Early Bumblebees making use of the flowers.
The lawn got its first cut during March, the soil under the lawn is quite high in clay, so tends to be a bit too soft to do much on after heavy rains.
Also in March we get a drought warning for the year so I decided not to have many hanging baskets so I wont have to water so many.
April arrives and my Primulas and Helleborus flower bringing a welcome splash of colour.
The Helleborus are seeding everywhere, I will have to transplant some in Spring 2013.
Warmer days (for a while), and I got my seed sowing underway in my greenhouse, I also trimmed, divided and re-potted my Sarracenia collection.
The rain and colder weather came, and I had 3 different varieties of cosmos damp off, Tomato seedlings got chilled, lettuce failed.
The reason for the colder, wetter weather… why it was Easter.
At least the Tulips, made an effort.
May came along and I made my first visit to the Malvern spring show, I dogged the showers and wore big boots to navigate the mud.
I really enjoyed this show, as I normally frequent the Gardeners Live World show in June, this show had plants the flower much earlier in the year, so were fairly new to me.
I spent out ‘treating’ myself to plants and seeds, and will definitely return in Spring 2013.
Many highlights of the show were…
Last one for now….
Finally, my purchases from the day.
In May we had lots of wet & windy weather, I re-sowed my cosmos, but they were by now well behind in growth, my tomatoes wear practically not moving, and I had given up with lettuce.
It was the end of the month that gave us a taste of Summer.
Here are a few stars of the garden during May.
And a purchase from Malvern.
June came in with a squelch, much to the disgust of the feline inhabitants..
I had sowed some wildflower seeds around my wildflower patch and around the wildlife pond, however I appear to have gained a healthy crop of Hesperus.
Although popular with the bees, the plant did take over quite a bit.
I only had a few Strawberries that ripened, the rest got too wet and rotted. I’ve dumped all the plants now, I found they were not worth all the compost, watering and feeding for only a few fruits.
July finally arrived… mid-summer..
Most of my borders need a good clear out and thinning. They have got a bit over grown and I have different plants i want to plant out. 2013 will be my year to dig up, divide or remove underperforming plants.
This is the area opposite my fence border, it’s mostly full of House Sparrows, hence the feeders close-by.
My tomatoes were still not looking good, friends and family were already picking and eating theirs. mine was just looking a bit pathetic.
August, came along, again only with a few days of no rain.
I think August was the most colourful month I’ve had this year.
I managed to raise about 30 new Cosmos plants, but only had about 3 flowers out of the lot. This is one of the underwhelming ones.
September, the beginning of Autumn, which to be honest it felt like all year.
The weather turning has had an effect on the plants, seeds are setting, fruits are forming, things are ending.
Although my sweetcorn did set cobs, they were very undeveloped and tasted like water. something else not to bother with next year.
My Acer trees stated turning red in mid August, I think that’s the earliest ive ever seen that happen.
October came, with more rain.
One sunny Saturday i was able to get out with the camera, still no frost yet, so the Rudbeckia is still looking good.
The lawn is mostly bog now, and walking around it leaves footprints.
The Sedum Autumn Joy showing why it’s called that.
November finally came, and with it some sharp frosts.
And finally December is here…. several torrential downpours, I cannot really get across the lawn to the greenhouse without getting muddy.
Just hoping for a more normal growing season next year.
Every time it rains we have slight flooding, the water table is so high the water has nowhere to go.
Well that’s a floral month by month tour of the garden, and if you lasted this long, then I Thankyou for your interest.
I have lots of seeds sown for next year, and more waiting for warmer weather, I have Dahlias on order and lots of plans for re-designing a few areas and planting more evergreen shrubs.
Tomorrow, which is new years day I will be doing a flower count in the garden as several other bloggers seem to do each year.
Thankyou again for visiting, and may I wish you all a happy and peaceful new year.
Happy Growing for 2013.