Tikorangi Notes: Friday, April 1, 2011

The blue autumn crocus - a fleeting seasonal delight

The blue autumn crocus - a fleeting seasonal delight

Nerines flowering in the rockery

Nerines flowering in the rockery

Latest posts:
1) Camellia sinensis is grown for harvesting, not for its floral display though its little pink flowers are charming if you look closely. The tea camellia in Plant Collector this week.

2) Garden tasks this week as we enter the second month of autumn.

3) Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History – book review.

4) Outdoor Classroom this week looks at options for garden mulches in the first of a two part series. I was a little surprised to find that the dreaded scoria is still available.

Latest posts: While early spring is widely seen as the prime season for bulbs, autumn can be pretty rewarding too. The nerines are currently at their peak, the Moraea polystachya, zephyranthes and Spiloxene alba have particularly long flowering seasons, the Cyclamen hederafolium create carpets of pink and white, while the autumn crocus, colchicums and sternbergia are more fleeting delights. April heralds the start of our off season when we say the garden is closed, except by appointment. Mark stood in the rockery today, wondering why we advertise such an early closing date when there is still so much colour and interest.