As you may remember my treasured Wisteria ‘Prolific’ was so badly hit by the minus 12°C winds this February that all the buds were destroyed and there were no flowers at all: the white wisteria (being situated on the north east side of the terrace and its buds always forming later than the standard colour) did flower but was a small consolation as much of it had been removed to create the outside kitchen, flower room and entertaining room.
I was sure that there would be some secondary flowers as ‘Prolific’ usually produces masses of flowers during the summer but they are never as stunning when they are hiding in the foliage.
It seems that because so many buds were damaged the plants are going into over-drive to produce new stems and certainly more flowers at any one time than is usual.
Some of the flower buds are much longer than usual too; I can’t hazard a guess as to why this might be.
Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, asked me a while ago how the Tracelospermum jasminoides was growing around the Secret garden.
As I’ve shown before some of the plants were very badly hit by the cold weather – none are actually dead but some have mainly unsightly dead foliage over most of the branches. Others next to them (sometimes even touching them) are perfect; full of shiny foliage and at the moment full of strongly perfumed white flowers.
Here are some views of the arches around the secret garden.
Below from the other direction.
Soon there will be enough growth to train across the top of the ‘window’, giving glimpses into the colourful cut flower beds and out to the evergreen planting.
Do you have plants that have survived winter but with different growth or flowers than you would expect?