Part of the river Seudre runs at the bottom of our garden. It is now up to the very edge.
A tree had to be removed a few weeks ago because the summer storm had broken its top across the river. We managed to get the greater part of it out with the help of a tractor but the rest will have to be removed in the summer when it more or less dries up. This part of the river used to flood regularly until a canal was built some time ago which takes any overflow.
At least the trees are getting a good soaking. The rest of the plants seem quite happy too. I had planted cyclamen at the bottom of the garden under the trees hoping it would naturalise.
I had never really thought about how they would “naturalise”, I just hoped they would spread. This year I have noticed little seeds germinating on the ground and I have spread them out but I seem to have missed some here. I never realised they would set seed so readily.
The spring bulbs are coming on apace.
But everything is wet and muddy.
The usual winter flowers are opening up.
The Rosemary has not stopped flowering.
Worst of all the Plum tree has started to bloom. I had such high hope for the Plum tree this year as it is a favourite with the bees. Only some immediate low temperatures could retard things now and no low temperatures are forecast. I think the plum tree will be quiet again this year with only some honey bees and bumble bees awake to appreciate its flowers.
My first Hellebore is in flower.
I always have to have a look inside as I pass. They do look delicate drooping as they do but you miss seeing what they look like inside.
The red Hellebores are not far behind. These are all seedlings from my sister’s garden and are prodigious self-seeders and I have already my own little plantation of last year’s seedlings in the back garden under the trees.
I’ve got a lot of cutting back to do yet.
I am also considering keeping the long stems from the Achillea and Sedum to use in the bee hotels. So I would need to cut them and dry them out.
Two problems here. The first is obvious – they will be difficult to dry out and the second is that I am not tempted out in this weather. No excuse really as it is not cold but as soon as you get ready, it starts to rain!
I really should not complain as all the plants I have planted recently have had perfect growing conditions and my unperfumed Mutabilis rose looks very happy.
Even the two Heathers I bought last year and did not believe would grow in my chalky soil have prospered. They were marked as suitable – it is just I am very sceptical about the quality of information in the local nurseries. I’ve seen no bees on them yet so maybe they are as surprised as I am to see them.
I’ve resorted to planting some seeds indoors. I have five perennial poppy seedlings with secondary leaves in the can intensive care propagator. I don’t think they really need this much care but it is an outlet for my gardening frustrations.
I have also started off my last three Scabiosa caucasica seeds which I failed with last year. In addition, I have sown some Monarda seeds as I was no too successful last year as I started them off too late.
Basically it is only the Reinette that really appreciates this weather.
And even she prefers sitting on the top of the well when it is sunny!