And yet another VERY rainy day, no gardening just a very wet walk round. So here is a view from my bedroom window, now showing only 3/4s of the garden as everything has gone berserk. We seem to have a huge overlap of plants in the garden, still have tulips and bluebells (the horrid Spanish type I’m afraid ) and now have roses and wisteria. Altogether a very confusing mix.
Still there is not a lot of bare soil around the plants so hopefully not too many weeds.
On a different note, a couple of folk couldn’t understand how my plant supports work. Simple really, place in amongst the plant and twist.
This gathers up all the wayward stems.
I really like the rusty finish, blends in quite well.
Let’s hope tomorrow is a little kinder as I have some friends coming to see the garden….they may need their wellies…but we can always retreat to the conservatory for tea/coffee and cake…….
Yesterday afternoon I placed an order for some lovely rusty looking plant supports from Plant Supports . They arrived this morning before 9-00.
I thanked them by Email this morning and got a nice reply back via mobile, from one of their staff who said that they were at the Malvern Show with their stall, and it was raining. Great product, fantastic service.
I have been using their Twist supports for about 4 years now, we got them when we visited the Malvern Show back then.
So now all I need is the rain to stop before all my tall plants flop.
Another quite changeable day. Breezy with lots of sun and some huge downpours. The plants are lapping it up and I am sent scuttling to the shed. On my rounds this morning this greeted me.
My resent purchase from Grey’s Court National Trust. Iris ‘Bold Print’, a perfect addition to the White Garden. Also flowering or putting on a show there are the following…
Phlox Divaricata ‘White Perfume’ I bought this from Elizabeth MacGregor . I have been buying from her nursery for around 10 years. She has a lovely selection of plants, with a personal service. This phlox is very early and has a really strong perfume.
Another Plant World Seeds find, Galatites Tomentosa Alba. Not a looker of a flower but I like the foliage.
Another foliage plant the Hedgehog Holly. Quite slow growing and lethal when you are weeding around it.
Variegated Soloman’s Seal, always looks a little twisted as it’s growing but sits nicely among the bluebells.
Elizabeth MacGregor triumphs again Vancouveria Hexandra. At the moment I love this delicate looking plant but somebody in America may put me wise. A gentle ground cover is how it is sold. I have planted it on a pile of rotting logs in the White Garden, slightly shady and moist. It had better stay put and not wander too far.
Common as Cornflowers are, this is a bit different. It has not seeded ever and has never travelled. I may lift and split it this year as it has sat in this position for about 8 years. The name and label disappeared many years ago.
And to finish an Auricla not in the garden but in a pot, Auricula Joanna.
After a lovely welcome rainy evening I got up to a Jungle. I think the garden has grown a foot over night.
The morning is sunny, not a cloud to be seen……
……my shoes and my trouser bottoms are wet…..
……and the rain is still dripping from the trees.
….but everything looks healthy and fresh….
…the blackbirds are frantically feeding their young….
….and all is blooming in the garden….
….even the sweet peas have put on a spurt of growth….
….the blueberries absolutely love this weather…..
…and the alliums simply glow….
…the shady garden has had it’s welcome rain and starting to reap the goodness…..
…and last of all today Wada’s Primrose Clematis showing all signs of having a good year….
There seems to be eruptions of one colour and the garden has in certain places took a dark turn.
An unnamed Iris, rescued from an abandoned allotment several years ago.
Eucomis, looks like a good year. Several more shoots showing too.
Thalictrum Aquilegiifolium, I have several with these lovely dark purple stems growing to about 150 cms tall. Always goes quick on my plant stall.
Cotinus Royal Purple. Beautiful foliage in early summer and again in the autumn.
Grown from mixed seed from Plant World about 5 years ago, the original is now in my daughters garden and grows to about 120 cms tall. This is a cutting from the original taken last year. A large plant when fully grown and very impressive.
Euphorbia Amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’ a little common and slightly invasive, but in the right situation sets off oranges and yellows. I’ve just noticed the tiny coral coloured flowers….. quite cute.
So I wonder what will be the next fashionable colour in the garden. ….Watch this space.