Erica carnea ‘December Red’I guess I was a little distracted on Bloom Day this month because I missed these little sweetums blooming (outdoors!) practically right under my nose. Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’Walking from the greenhouse to the house I pass this little clump of heathers (or are they “heaths” when they’re winter flowering?) along the Enclosed Garden path. It was only when I walked that same path in the opposite direction the other day that I noticed them blooming away. Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’ (I love this one! - the flowers are more green than white at this stage)Ericas like well drained, acid soil and full sun (according to AHS A-Z) and these definitely exhibit more blooms on winter’s sunny side. — So if you want to plant them for color from a winter window, think about placing them north of your view. This grouping includes Erica carnea ‘December Red’ (purple in the middle), ‘Springwood White'(front), ‘Myretoun Ruby’ (right) and E. x darleyensis ‘Mediterranean White’ (in the way back).

Heaths along the path out of the Enclosed Garden

Taking the path from the Bosquet to the Water Garden yesterday I snuck up on the witch hazels and was surprised to find what I was looking for – Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ is starting to pucker up her lipstick blooms. Have you checked your witch hazels lately? Yo-yo winter weather might get them started before you know it.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’

In the greenhouse another fun surprise: Our Graptopetalum -probably a cultivar of G. paraguayense– is busy making babies.

Graptopetalum spontaneous leaf cutting - it’s got roots and everything!

If that’s not an excellent example of survival of the of the most opportunistic I don’t know what is. (Of course I gave new homes to all the kids I found.) Anything suprise you this week?

4 thoughts on “Surprises

  1. The only thing that has surprised me this week was the need for the two plants I had to have…a terrific bromeliad, and an indoor (non-hardy) azalea in hot fuchsia. The weather has been so hideously up-and-down that I haven’t gone out in the yard for several days…but now I’ll have to go look at my ‘Diane’ hamamelis to see how it’s doing.

  2. I like the heathers you have going. A nice surprise! We have the Mediterranean white heather in our yard and I’ve determined that we need more! They add a little color to the winter landscape.

  3. What wonderful surprises! Your opportunistic offspring there made me smile.

    The only good surprise I’ve had this week was that it wasn’t nearly as hard to transplant my crown-of-thorns euphorbia as I had thought it would be. (It was only in a 6in pot, and using a pair of meat tongs made quick work of it. It will not be so easy once it’s ready to leave its 8in pot!)

  4. Jodi, I checked on ‘Diane’ this morning expecting to see bright red kisses against the snow dustcover we got yesterday but she’s still holding those blooms close. How’s yours?

    Dave, The more the merrier! I think ‘Myretoun Ruby’ looks awfully good with ‘Med. White’…

    Kim, Next time you pot up your Crown-of-thorns, you might need oven mits! If I ever pot up ours, I think I’ll have to borrow a bear suit.

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