03 January 2010 22:25:44
After seeing Spider's hyacinths, I have to admit to a bit of jealously. Mine are planted since mid November and are only about 1.5 inches tall. I guess what is slowing them down is that they are in the living room which is the coldest room in the house when the fire is not lit but becomes too hot when lit. Normally, I only light the fire on Sundays but with this cold spell and the holidays, it has been lit every day. All I can do is hope that they continue to grow.
I did my flower count - disappointing results. I have heathers, cyclamen, hellebores, violas and one primula (new breed from June Blake which is unnamed). I have Skimmia Japonica and a few roses just about hanging in there. Nothing out of the ordinary or amazing but I was surprised as at this time of the year, with both the cold and the garden looking gloomy, it certainly wouldn't encourage anyone out to admire them. Must give it a bit of thought for next year.