|Narcissus bulbicodium var. citrinus pictured today|
Despite the melancholic haze and general dampness, the garden is giving a final push by offering a plethora of sensual treats before the Winter comes to deliver the annual deep clean. The Katsura or Candy Floss tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum),bought at RHS Cardiff a little while a go, attacks the senses with its beautiful burnt sugar scent and visual spectacle. The sweet scent is carried on the wind as if from some other location often making the tree difficult to track down if you are not sure of its site. Its cordate leaves, fringed with red, are ablaze in a myriad of oranges and yellows and are less conspicuous than its often allusive perfume. I have not yet encountered any tree that comes close to rivalling the Katsura and I urge you to grow at least one in your lifetime or at least visit an arboretum in Autumn that houses a mature specimen.
Other seasonal highlights include Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yakushima Dwarf’, Jasminum officinale ‘Clotted Cream’ and Narcissus bulbicodium var. citrinus. Okay, so maybe the latter should not be in flower until next Spring but this particular bulb is a little eager to get going. Correct me if I’m wrong but I was under the impression that as this bulb has already flowered this year that it would just go dormant over Winter until the weather becomes a little more favourable. In fact, it appears that this particular bulb is the direct polar opposite to me at present. It’s eager, it’s bright and it’s raring to go. If only I had the same motivation.
Has anyone else experienced eager Daffodils? Or is the Autumn weather dampening your drive?