D is for Dolly Mixtures which is a variety of the small, sweet shapes emerging out of the dull, dark days of February, described with a dash of of D words for this weeks ABC Wednesday.
Diminuitive Dicentra shoots digging their way up through the soil, their fronded leaves folded as if in prayer to the Deity that creates and destroys all life in the garden. Despite their frailty, these Bleeding Hearts will beat strongly again in a spectacular display of delicate dangling blooms.
Dried throughout the winter, in a dark dungeon of a cupboard, embryonic life can be divined on the tuberous Begonia corms Looking perhaps a little suggestively rude in their neo-natal nakedness, the delicate buds already display the blood red leaf veins that are pumping life back into these boldly decorous plants.
D is also for decline, death and damnum fatale as only 3 of the fours tuberous begonias have made it through dormancy. A quick decko of the garden yesterday suggests that some small Lavenders and daisy-flowered Marguerites and Osteospernum have succumbed to the depths of winter too.
Despite the deception of the macro, this is a tiny coiled spring of a Cyclamen which had me decidedly baffled me until I discovered that it uses the devilishly cunning device of coiling downwards to disperse seeds directly into the dirt.
Dainty, delicious green whorls of Aquileia leaves disclosing the ferny fans that precede blooming. A plant with diuretic properties and used in the treatment of diarrhoea but perhaps more delightfully known as Columbine or Dove. Later these leaves will be mined and decimated by Diptera larva so definitely best cut back.
Somewhat deshabillé, these high and dry rosettes atop elephantine roots of Sedums are dying to be divided and buried deeper.
Dense dark green foliage of Viburnum tinus displays the diminutive, decorative fragrant blossom that illuminates shady niches and dull days from December onwards.
Delicate, de profundis and dépaysé this week with a disagreeable respiratory infection deleterious to my health and so the dendritic Polyanthus is a welcome dose of sweet delight as diversion from the doldrums.
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