I seem to remember being a little excited over recent weeks, contrary to national sentiments at this time. This week I’m in the sweet shop anticipating a sugar overload whilst of course maintaining social distancing. The garden is throwing out new delights at every turn and some of the sulkier seeds have come through. I will definitely have enough courgettes – how could I have doubted that? The Eschscholzia have germinated and even though I am on the third hopeful sowing of parsnips I am optimistic. Here’s my six for the week.
I love it when the Siberian irises open up. The combination of purple and green is just perfect. I divided these last year and spread the joy to friends. They came to me from a division and it is only right that tradition continues.
The first clematis flower arrived. I have no idea which one it is, it came with the garden and this year I am very thankful for it. I was a little tardy in cutting the clematis back so the bottom half is a bare but fortunately hidden by geraniums. Must do better.
Going back to reluctant seeds, two years ago I sowed an entire packet of euphorbia oblongata. Four germinated, three survived and last year I squeezed them into small space in the border. They looked pretty feeble and I did not expect them to survive a winter. Well they did. It was a lovely surprise to see them even though they are in the ‘wrong place’ in terms of the border layout. Perhaps they are in the right place for them.
Dazzling away in partial shade is thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’, one of the Prop’s recommendations. Good sir, I thank you for mentioning it. This is its second year and it has definitely got its feet in the right place.
The just about to unfurl, perfectly curled, rose bud of r. Jacqueline du Pré. When open the rose reveals beautiful golden stamens.
Oh how I wish I could share the scent of this rose with you. It is ‘Madame Isaac Péreire’. I also wish I could capture the rich shade of pink that this rose truly is but you will have to make a mental adjustment to compensate. I confess that I often walk down the garden just to inhale its fragrance. Bliss.
I hope you are finding bliss and a kaleidoscope of delights in your gardens this week. It was a cold one with the early part of the week best forgotten. Here’s hoping we are on the up from now on. Mr P will have all the links to the SOSs of the week and of course his own inimitable gardening highlights. If you have a moment stop by.