I’ve been waiting such a long time. It feels like warm weather is never coming my way. This week we’ve had torrential rain, hailstones, cold northerly winds and some sunshine. The rain coincided with my first visit of the season to Lismore Castle Gardens, the hailstones arrived just as I was preparing to go cycling and the cold winds persisted every day.
I’ve been waiting to plant out dahlias, petunias, begonias and other annuals. I’ve also been waiting to collect my new bike, for club spins to resume next week and most importantly, I’ve been waiting for the magic shot in the arm.
That’s a lot of waiting, and it is not good. It’s a form of living in the future, so it’s time to let it go. The flowers will get planted, the winds will shift to bring warmer weather, and the cycling adventures will commence shortly. The vaccine is scheduled for Wednesday next.
In the meantime, I’ll focus on six items from the garden this week. It’s a live-in-the-now strategy.
Commonly known as African Daisies, osteospermums love a sunny position. They generally have a white daisy-like flower. This variety is called Blackthorn Seedling, but it’s unclear why black is mentioned. I’ve got this growing well close to a sunny wall. The petals will not open on dull days. This little plant knows all about waiting.
It has been in place since 2016 and I’ve successfully taken some cuttings from it. Also, this year I’ve grown a mix of Osteospermums from seed. In total I’ve got ten plants that are now about 10cm high, and are ready to be planted. I’m ready, the plants are ready, but I’ll wait until the time is right. Come to think of it, I’ll decide to be content while waiting.
Myosotis, commonly known as Forget-me-not, is still blooming away. In fact, it is probably now looking its best, and will last for another few weeks before being removed. Of course, I’ll be sure to scatter the seed widely before composting. I’ll be planting a selection of annuals in this spot before the end of the month. That’s a lot of thinking ahead, so I’ll stop awhile to look at the beauty right before my eyes. It’s lovely right now just as it is. Everything else is irrelevant, except to note that among the blue you’ll notice the purple of the baby osteospermum.
I’m coming to the realisation that so much gardening is a form of living in the future. There’s lots of planning, hoping, expecting and wishing. Added to that, this last year and a bit has me wishing for a time when everything will be normal. Again, I’ve been waiting. Last week I was waiting for the opening of travel restrictions and visiting beautiful gardens. This week, I’m realising that beauty is on my doorstep.
I’ve got three of these Alliums. Related to onions, they produce one large flower head. A closer look will show that this one large head is, in fact, hundreds of tiny flowers. The waiting is over. They are in flower now.
I selected bluebells about three weeks ago as they began flowering. Right now they are at their best.
5. Lismore Castle Gardens
I visited Lismore Castle Gardens last Monday. Heavy rain cleared about midday, so I decided to head north-west. Unfortunately, heavy rain returned as soon as I entered, so my visit was very short. Long quick steps were in order and I was unable to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. In any case, I collected my season ticket and returned to base. There will be better days. I’m happy to wait for blue skies and sunshine, knowing that this beautiful place is only thirty minutes away. I’ll go when the time is right. It’s been there for more than three hundred years.
6. Starling Feast
There’s something within! These starlings seem to have found a tasty meal, and they are determined to find more. Strange that I’ve never noticed them foraging like this before.
We are a group of gardeners who write. We write about six items in our gardens, and we do it on Saturdays. I’ve been doing this since last June and I enjoy nothing more than reading about and seeing other gardens from near and far. Lest we forget, many more choose to publish on Twitter and Instagram. You can find out more about it here. Six things, in your garden. Could be anything, and frequently is.
Sin a bhfuil uaimse don seachtain seo. I’ll be back again next week with another Six-on-Saturday. Thank you for reading, and to Jon for getting us all together every week. Have a good week. Stay safe. Slán go fóill.
About the author: Pádraig is the author of Grow Write Repeat. He photographs and writes about his garden in Ireland. He loves African Daisies and taking cuttings of them. He also likes visiting Lismore Castle Gardens, but not during heavy rain.