My husband refers to this as being a 'Rescue Ranger' where I morph into a woman who cannot throw a single living thing away - no matter how dead it appears to be to the rest of the world! I have the tendency to rescue each tiny seed left in the corner of the packet; each bulb that needs burying deeper into the soil; each piece of plant that could be transformed into a cutting or an almost dead plant which, with a little TLC could perk itself back into a stunning perennial by later summer.
Today has been no different. The garden we have here is tiny (it is currently rented) so the 'jobs to do' list is quite small. I have no idea whether the timing of my cutting back was ideal or not or even recommended for this variety of Clematis, but the Clematis petit faucon AGM I brought home from the 'Peek-a-Boo' show garden has had a good haircut today. It is growing around a drainpipe and had to be trimmed back, so I set to. My haircut revealed a number of new healthy buds along the length of the stems, which of course could not be wasted on the compost heap. So out came the knife, the pots and the compost and into the sun room came my first plants of the year - a number of small cuttings of Clematis petit faucon. I have no idea how well they will fare but they stand a better chance than the alternative!
And my favourite plant so far this year? The simple purple scabious which has continued to flower continuously in a pot since May last year through rain and shine. It hasn't yet snowed here, but it has been fleetingly frosty and the scabious has had a mild winter so far. It has continued to perform for both me and any insects which may be searching for food on a sunny day.
I do love this time of year where a stroll around the garden reveals the trips of perennials just beginning to push their way through the earth or the buds just starting to burst on the climbers that you know will bring wonderful colour later in the year. I can't wait for the gardening year to begin in earnest, may it be a good one!