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-Virgil

ABC Wednesday: Dolly Mixtures

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.

Dicentra emerging

Dicentra emerging

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.

Begonia corm in bud

Begonia corm in bud

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.

Cyclamen coiled seedhead

Cyclamen coiled seedhead

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.

Aquilegia leaf whorls

Aquilegia leaf whorls

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.

Sedum leaf whorls

Sedum leaf whorls

Somewhat deshabillé, these high and dry rosettes atop elephantine roots of Sedums are dying to be divided and buried deeper.

Viburnum tinus blooms

Viburnum tinus blooms

Dense dark green foliage of Viburnum tinus displays the diminutive, decorative fragrant blossom that  illuminates shady niches and dull days from December onwards.

Primula Polyanthus

Primula Polyanthus

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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