|Auricula Bradmore Bluebell|
I wonder at the cause of this magnificent show, was it our cold winter? are they enjoying the warm spring? did they like the fact we kept them outdoors all last summer? Or was it our tiny wee earthquake last month that scared them all into flowering.
Whatever the cause, I am delighted to see them and have proudly assembled an Auricula theatre of our best looking stock plants at the nursery. I cant believe that anyone could view them and not desire one of their own. I can really see why they become so precious and are cherished in many old gardens.
Some of my personal favourites this year:
Janie Hill - Gold centred, red shading brown. Just show stopping this year.
|Auricula Janie Hill|
Keep them dry in winter and not too hot in summer. But, they are all hardy and some have done well in the open ground here with us in the Highlands for many years.
Apart from the Auriculas, this warm spring has also encouraged the not-so-delightful ground elder and a profusion of dandelions. I always remember the old adage, "One year seeding, is seven years weeding" and from a glance around the garden, feel that we must have let a patch of dandelions seed their merry way all over woodland. Early each morning I do my best to whisk them all out, but maybe I should try to promote dandelions as a fashionable border plant and stop fighting.