This week I’ve mostly…

been hoeing, weeding and doing some watering.  It’s still been chilly in the wind but has been sunny, cold early morning with at least one frost and has remained dry with no sign of any rain.

The poached egg plants (limnanthes douglasii), which were nice and green a month or so ago, have shown no hint of flowering and the foliage is now beginning to yellow despite being watered.  They usually self-seed year-to-year but it could well be that I’ll have to buy seeds for next year if they don’t flower.

I like gladioli but have never really done well with them, either in the ground or in  containers.  Last year I had some in two large pots which had good leaves but few flowers. I kept the best of the corms which I’ve replanted in one container.  I’m not sure which varieties they are but I think they’re a mix of pale lemon and pink (and white?).

Looking out the living room windows at home I see that the purple lilacs are just starting to flower.

Take care, and have a good weekend!

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20 Responses to This week I’ve mostly…

  1. Liz says:

    “We’ll gather lilacs in the spring again” always comes to mind when I see these lovely flowers.
    I suppose all plants have a certain shelf life and that may include your poached egg plants, such a cute name, and they have been such faithful bloomers for you each year.
    Here in Kentucky, we had snow yesterday and are now in the midst of below freezing temps for a couple more nights.

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    • Flighty says:

      Liz I’m not surprised.
      I agree, but I think that the weather is to blame for them not flowering this year. I have more seed I can sow.
      Oh dear I hope that’s the last of the wintry weather and it improves soon. xx

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  2. Doris Potter says:

    Ahh … lilacs. I can almost smell them just from looking at your photograph. 🙂

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  3. Jo says:

    We had a frost overnight but the days have been glorious, sunny and warm. My lilac tree is shared on the boundary between ourselves and my neighbour who hacked at it last year. There are some flowers to come but not as many as usual, I’m really sad about it.

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  4. CJ says:

    Frost here as well this morning. That lilac is wonderful, they’re beautiful. A couple near here have been hacked back as well, one pretty much to the ground. It was in parkland and there was absolutely no reason for it to be cut – really frustrating, I can sympathise with Jo. CJ xx

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  5. nikkipolani says:

    Lucky you to have lilacs so near! There’s no scent like lilacs.

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  6. menhir1 says:

    Interesting. The Lilac bloom looks quite dark.
    Lovely weather, but as you say, with a real chill factor. Xxx

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  7. Andy Randall says:

    Lilac, one of the loveliest fragrances in the garden(together with lily of the valley), so evocative of childhood. We are experiencing frosty nights but beautiful days at the moment, just a little frustrating as my conservatory is taken over with plants waiting to be planted out. Enjoy a sunny weekend, hopefully. Xx

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  8. I love the perfume and the colour of lilacs too – enjoy!

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  9. Your lilac looks beautiful 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend.

    All the best Jan

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  10. snowbird says:

    Similar weather here, cold overnight and no rain for five weeks now, whatever happened to April showers? They appear to be a thing of the past. Your neighbours lilacs are way ahead of mine. I do hope your poached egg plants flower and you get to gather the seed.xxx

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    • Flighty says:

      Snowbird I’m not surprised. They do indeed. You have yours to look forward to. I’ve started digging them up as they’re dying back and I’m sure they won’t flower now. xx

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