Whenever I'm away from the garden I love to see what's changed in the garden whilst I was gone. A lot of flowers have come in in the last two weeks. The violas are in full bloom.
Last year only one of my hellebores blossomed, a beautiful purple. This year all three are blooming ... and lucky me, all three are a deep gorgeous purple (though it's hard to see in this photo). I didn't know what colour they'd be because they came from a mixed colour batch.
And finally, the snowflakes are going gangbusters this year. I think every clump has spread this year. The cyclamen just keep struggling, but the snowflakes are definitely happy. I hope they keep spreading and spreading.
My snowpeas have also powered along. I had problems last year with long, leggy plants not thriving. This year I chose a "bush-type" pea and put it in a larger pot, and it's thriving more than any of my plants last year. The problem is that I still only get a few pods ripe at one time. When we eat them in stir-fries we go through a big handful at a time, but this is only giving me 4 or 5 at a go. I tried to grow a pea patch out the back but first the possums ate the shoots, and then rats started digging up and eating the seeds! Maybe next year I'll have a full pea patch.
This is my first year growing broad beans. It seems to be chugging along nicely, but I do know that they take a long time to develop. The first flowers are only just appearing so we'll see.
And finally, I bought myself an orchid. My stepmom had moth orchids in almost every room of her house, they were so beautiful, so I thought I'd try one myself. I don't remember what kind it is but I loved the colour.
The garden shop also gave me a moth orchid for free. Their shop was far too cold to keep them happy so as you can see it's looking pathetic - all the flowers dropped off. In the words of the garden shop they "needed some TLC", mostly warmth.
I already lost all the flowers on the moth orchid, we'll see if I have the patience to keep it alive until next year when it will bloom again. And unfortunately, my yellow orchid is starting to drop flowers and a few leaves too. I hope it survives!