Winter to summer, spring to winter. This week we have experienced all four seasons and a whole lot of rain- I am not knocking the rain at all, believe me, but I am looking forward to a little more seasonal consistency. Although, gloomily, that may not exist anymore with global warming.
In the garden now, this compact Cistus x hybridus ‘Gold Prize’ has just started to flower. I bought it 3 years ago, but it really has taken this long to settle in. I had it marked as a damp squib until very recently. I am still not quite sure how I feel about the variegation. In some lights, it can look charmingly golden- in others, a bit on the sick side. But it is a useful size, as Cistus can turn into giants with ease in our summer-hot dry climate. So, it sits well with other perennials without squashing them.
Geranium albanum was my first shot at growing geraniums from seed- which if you haven’t tried, is a test of patience above all. I love it for the dual personality- purple-veined pale white flowers which then turn a deeper pink, as you can see from the other flower in the photograph. I prefer the first incarnation I have to say, but live with the two together. It grows in a tough spot for me, underneath a small tree, and in quite a dry situation. This leads to the plant taking off into dormancy and disappearing altogether in the heat of summer, but it re-appears unabashed in Spring each year spreading a bit more.