The clocks went back last weekend, switching from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Whilst it was a little treat gaining an extra hour of the weekend it also meant that from now on, gardening is mostly a weekend pursuit. Of course there are also the odd mornings I can spend some time gardening when I don't have to rush to work but even so, morning times are limited and it's usually just an hour or so before I reluctantly peel myself away from the garden and get ready to go to work.
It takes awhile to get used to gardening in the dark, or at least aided by a torch. I had a taste of the awkwardness of it last night when I tried to do some watering in a packed greenhouse using only one hand whilst the other is holding a torch. No good, I was only able to water a few plants before the awkwardness threatened to do more harm than good in the greenhouse. Ah well, they had to wait till the morning.
|Ladybirds snuggling on a new flush of Cycas revoluta leaves. This cycad flushed late, |
fortunately it has been so mild it had a chance to harden off.
|Sonchus canariensis still looking great. Must remember to lift this next weekend...|
|A scarf and a bonnet for our tree ferns, Dicksonia antarctica. They are easy enough to lift off on milder days.|
|A close up of Schefflera taiwaniana flowers|
|This Schefflera taiwaniana is flowering away despite being only 18'' tall, not that unusual as this |
plant is a rooted cutting rather than seed grown.
|One of my greenhouse gems, Persicaria runcinata. Easily sourced in continental Europe but |
not so easy in the UK, it took me ages to get hold of one (thanks Remco!)
|Autumn and Acers, perfect combination!|
|Aesculus parviflora about to shed its leaves|
|Even an outdoor grown Schefflera taiwaniana is joining the bandwagon with its older leaves|
|It has to be blurred eh! (L-R) Firmiana simplex, Toona sinensis 'Flamingo', and Kalopanax septemlobus. |
Just shows that deciduous trees don't all change colours of leaves at the same time.
|The usually graceful Zingiber mioga 'Dancing Crane' is starting to go dormant now|
|Whilst the Staphylea holocarpa 'Rosea' and Catalpa speciosa 'Pulverulenta' are still resisting the urge to shed their leaves.|
|Our Tetrapanax papyrifera 'Rex' got cut back last winter but the biggest shoot is about to flower again.|
It's another late start for me tomorrow so I get another chance to spend some time in the garden. One hour only though, one golden hour. So many things that I'd want to do, so little time. I'm spoilt for choice, I guess I'll just be spontaneous :-)