Ping! Pow! Pop! That is what the garden has done this week. Sunshine and showers (and a small amount of hail) have turbo-charged the growth of the perennials. All is looking good for the summer time splash. The rainy days were a welcome change from April’s drought and gave me time to plan a tulip buying extravaganza to rival that of the seventeenth century. Forgive me, I am getting over-excited. Here’s my six.
Geranium phaeum. One of my favourites for this time of year. It reminded me of the move to this house four years ago. The borders were empty and I brought with me a small selection of self seeders and spreaders to give me some bare bones to build on. The velvety phaeum was one and it has done its job, I divided them last year and have a decent sized number now. A reliable doer.
I couldn’t bring it with me, but I always enjoyed the weigela that came with the old garden. I didn’t know the variety but I thought weigela ‘Florida Variegata’ looked a good match and it is.
The plum trees have been pruned, one by myself and one by the expert. Here they are. Ailing plum is doing okay at the moment, the second one looks much better for the prune. The photo is taken from the other side to give a better view of the open structure of the middle. I can confidently say the blackbirds can swoop through the middle any time they want.
The Prop’s tiarella from last week prompted me to search out mine. They are in a dark corner on the way to compost heap, squeezed in between the gooseberries and the blackcurrants. What a delight, they shone through the gloom. This is ‘Emerald Gaiety’.
When I say the borders here were empty when we arrived I should say there was plenty of weed clearing to be done. Amongst the weeds was a self sown aquilegia vulgaris, the common columbine. I left it there and over three years it has settled itself into a very happy clump about a metre high. It’s now too dominant for my liking and distracts the eye from the nearby irises. It’s time to find it a new home.
The last of the tulips have opened. These grow in a corner that heads towards the shady cold north border so they are always the last to show up. There should be a good show of ‘Angelique’ combined with ‘Spring Green’ and ‘China Town’. But the combination is thinning out and needs revitalising. Hence the great tulip search. For this year there are just enough coming through to make a good display.
Like Mr P I shall be potting on some seedlings this weekend. Also on the to-do list is planting out the dwarf french beans, some more lettuce and rocket and the February sown sweet peas. I shall continue to urge the three remaining lupins on to their next stage and take a look at the no-show Californian poppy seed tray, again. Happy gardening to you all, I hope you get some time to catch up with the links on Mr P’s site. It’s going to be a busy weekend.