2015 was the first time I’d planted dozens of tulips directly in the Swing Beds, having previously faffed about planting them in pots and then moving them in and out. And, in classic gardening happenstance, they didn’t flower as I’d planned at all! The tulips I’d planted as mids, ‘Pink Impression’ (above) flowered first, and on their own, and then these were followed by (supposedly) April flowering ‘Mistress’ and May flowering ‘Menton’ flowering together (below). The whole show was an absolute joy.
This year I’ve planted more tulips, but in the two new beds, so time will tell as to how perennial these three in the Swing Beds out to be.
As well as the tulips I also planted more Alliums. I found the new Alliums ‘Violet Beauty’, a little disappointing, but the extra A. Purple Sensation I added, were fabulous as ever.
And the Diving Lady got a new, early bath in the form of Iris reticulata ‘Blue Note’.
As well as new bulbs, 2016 saw the creation of two new beds, firstly the ‘Mid Century Bed’, below, named after the lovely metal structure the OH bought me for my big birthday.
The theme was supposed to be bruised, purply colours, but, as with the bulbs, there was a welcome ‘mistake’ to enjoy in the form of this Ranunculus, theoretically ‘Purple Heart’, but I rather think not.
I planted some roses for this new bed too, including R. Jubilee Celebration (no, not very bruised either!)
and Rosa ‘Falstaff Climbing’ to grow up the obelisk, but the plant that really stole the climbing show this year was the ‘Rhodochiton atrosanguineus‘.
Many of the plants were grown from seed, including this Nasturtium ‘Caribbean Crush’ and the beautiful grass Hordeum Jubatum.
There was another new rose here too, R. Pat Austin.
And later in the year the ridiculously floriferous Dahlia ‘Happy Singe Date’. This just went on and on and formed the basis of numerous peachy vases of flowers.
In June I opened the garden for the third time as part of a village group opening, in aid of the island’s Earl Mountbatten hospice. I had over 150 visitors and some lovely comments.
Arundel Castle in May,
Mottistone Manor in June,
and Great Dixter
and Bodnant in October.
as well as this group of vases created in October when the OH became captain of his golf club.
And, on the basis that it’s a very rare gardener that ever stops learning, I went on courses at Great Dixter, Common Farm Flowers and West Dean. And then, to top it all, in September signed up for a Level 3 course in Plants and Planting Design at Capel Manor college, which I’m absolutely loving. Which reminds me, I really need to get on with my holiday homework!
Wishing you and yours a fabulous, flowery 2016, and thank you so much for supporting Duver Diary with your views, likes and comments.