After a week away in, to be honest, rather disappointing weather, it was glorious to come home to spring sunshine and a very springy garden.
Last year I planted Avignon tulips in the Swing Beds, but whilst in isolation, they were stunning, I somehow didn’t like them in context, and so replaced them this year with a number of pinker varieties – Mistress, Pink Impression and Menton. These ones are Pink Impression, and have definitely made an impression on me!
Something new last year which I never blogged about as they looked rather paltry, were some Fritillarias I planted in the lawn in front of the oak bed. Last year there were few flowers and a number of those had been flattened by the dog, so I wrote them off as a bad idea. This year, I do believe they’ve increased slightly and, with the added advantage of the lawn now being smaller because of the new Bronze Bed, they seem more impressive. I think I’ll add a few more in the autumn.
In the Drive Bed the Erysimum Ivory Giant originally grown from seed are just starting to flower again. They got a little leggy but I cut them back hard and they seem to have bounced back.
Also destined for the Drive bed are these Pulmonaria Blue Ensign. I bought a pot last year and then divided the clump into three but never got around to planting them out. I think they’re work well with the Erysimum and paler Narcissis in the Drive Bed – if I can actually get round to getting them in!
In the predominantly white Shady Bed, two newcomers this year – dainty Anemone Blanda
and rather more thuggish white honesty (Lunaria annua).
With thanks as ever to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who host all of our GBBD.