Two brave survivors
Some of the plants that now have homes in the garden have had a tough few years. Of course I could not resist buying plants for the garden over the past two years and some even got dug up and brought over the Irish sea and have sat in pots for two years waiting for their final resting place.
It is interesting what has survived. In fact one of the interesting things about gardening is what plants decide they like you and which decide to go to a better place. You can plan and plot and use all your research and knowledge but the plants always have the last word!
Anyway, I bought a pot of Anemone trifolia years ago and it has put up with being cramped and drier than it would like in summer after it has died down. But it has made it and is now flowering. As you can see the ground is really dry but it is moist underneath and I will get round to giving it a mulch. It is in full sun now but planted under a (very immature) magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’ so will get shade eventually.
I am even more pleased that Hylomecon japonica has survived too. It is planted in a relatively sheltered and moist spot, just a slug’s crawl from my one Japanese maple. In theory this one should wander and I would be happy for that to happen because, although the flowering period is brief, it is a cheerful little thing.
As much as I hate confining things to pots, some have waited in pots for many years because the garden in which they were supposed to be planted never happened. It may happen through this year, a full decade later! My first yucca remains in a pot, after getting cut back. Its babies are happy in the ground somewhere else.
It is a good approach in gardening to love the plants that love you. Life is so much easier.
I am not usually so sensible!