Mother’s Day this year it seems potted chrysanthemums are back in fashion. Finally, as I have been trying to buy them for years. So I bought five big pots, each of which turned out to be holding five smaller plants. Three different yellows with green centres, a white with green centre, and a pink which contained 2 different pinks.
Bearing in mind that they have probably been stressed to the max to get them all to flower, I took lots of cuttings and cut some of the flowers for the vase. I needn’t have worried – the little plants all looked very perky the next day. I added some yellow wallflowers and a Paper White flower for scent.
The Feijoas are bigger than they ever have been, so I am sure now that the extra rain has made the difference. It’s hard to show scale but the persimmons (grown by our neighbours) in the picture are the size of apples.
We had another 90mm (3.5 inches) of rain last week, followed by a sunny weekend with cold clear nights. It was fabulous weather for planting daffodils and I finished planting the last of 700 daffodils: 300 small bulbs (a bargain from a reputable grower), 100 full sized mixed yellow and white, 100 white and orange or red, 100 Erlicheer, 50 Paper White types, and 50 Indian Maids – a very fragrant jonquil type which I loved last year. Something to look forward to as we slide down toward Winter. Over at Rambling in the Garden there are more Spring celebrations.