Thursday, 27 May 2010

The flowers that bloom in the Spring (tra la)

Why is it that no matter how hard you've been working, a boss only appears the second you sit down? Since 7.30, we'd watered, fed and sprayed the bedding, inventoried the herbaceous perennials, shifted shrubs, moved hanging baskets utside to harden off, built a frame to keep the containerised trees upright and secured them to it, helped the Future Jobs Scheme boys with their annual border, planted up the beds in front of the bothy and weeded the Peace Garden. We'd just sat down for a cuppa when along came a foreman. Ach. Some days, you just can't win.
Took a wander after work and saw the tree paeonies (P. delaveyi) were in flower. I love these deep maroon flowers with their golden anthers, not least because I grew them from seed three or four years ago. The seeds are very large, black and shiny. They germinate easily but slowly, needing two winters in a cold frame. The feathery leaves make a nice contrast with the rhodies.
I've enjoyed seeing Chelsea, but some of the coverage has been truly apalling. To-day they cut to Carol Klein in the vegetable tent and I thought, good, this'll be interesting, but they immediately switched to that stupid woman with the strangulated vowels and weird jerky gestures, wittering on about the language of flowers. Could the director be the same eedjit who's ruined Gardeners' World?
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4 comments:

Dene Wood said...

Do you mean Nicky Chapman by any chance, she doesnt seem like a natural presenter does she...stick to Popstars The Rivals Nicky.

Damo said...

Ha yes she is rubbish!

Is the Wiz said...

I never thought I'd long for Alan Titchmarsh. Ooops, there goes my chance of designing a show garden!

The Idiot Gardener said...

I've recorded the series of GW. I was looking forward to them, but now I'm not so sure. Someone else told me that Toby is a bit of a twat too!