Monthly Archives: April 2017

End of Month View – April 2017

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So, it’s time to come clean – the Acacia move discussed here didn’t end happily.  And whilst I’m still glad it’s gone from the Mid Century Bed, having it (temporarily!) in the Lavender Bed made me realise that to have a third tree between the existing two would be good. Consequently I’ve come up with a new plan –  a Silk Tree, first seen at Hilliers Garden and shown here.

The variety I’ve bought is smaller than the Hilliers one,  Albizia julibrissin ‘Ombrella,’ described by Burncoose (from where I purchased it online) as “A newish variety with cherry-pink fragrant flowers and dark green ferny leaves. Flowers profusely at a young age. Grows to only 10-15 feet”.  It was described as ‘large’ (to match the price tag), but if you look carefully at the photo above, it’s the twig to the left with the labels on.  Fingers crossed I don’t kill this one!

Below you’ll see the more usual EoMV looking south east across to Bembridge.  The arching tree, a crab apple, was fabulous this year – a really deep pink which you could actually see when looking back to the house from the beach – but the blossom, like so many of the bulbs, is now almost completely over.

The photo of the Swing Beds this time last year still had plenty of tulips, but this year there weren’t as many and they’re largely finished.  I was about to write that I hadn’t planted any new ones, but just checked and I did – 80.  I think someone has been having a nibble!

One good patch of colour in the foreground is provided by the sugary, seed grown Antirrhinum majus ‘The Rose’ I was so critical of last year (and threatened to pull out), but actually, bulked up, is providing a good match for the remaining ‘Menton’ and ‘Mistress’ tulips.

The Grass Bed was also better a couple of weeks ago, but has also suffered from a critter with the munchies.  Before the forget me nots grew up I came back one weekend to find numerous bulb sized empty holes where there should have been 50 Spring Green Tulips.  Grrr.

Here’s one, you’ll have to imagine the rest!

Round to the Mid Century Bed, this does still have some tulips, and loads of self seeded Cerinthe and Euphorbia.

In the gap left by moving (er, killing) the Acacia I’ve now planted a Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’.

(I already planted one in the Oak Bed and perhaps should have gone with an evergreen such as Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ as some of you suggested, but I’m afraid this is a total ‘mum memory’ plant from a wonderful visit we did together to Beth Chatto’s Garden, and planting it here I’ll be able to see it from the kitchen table).

The one in the Oak Bed is just coming into leaf

and possibly flower.  (It hasn’t flowered that reliably as I think the site is a little too shady. Hopefully the one in the MCB will like its surroundings better).

The bulbs in the Bronze Bed are largely over (much earlier than last year) and the Wisteria is also turning brown around the edges.  Meanwhile the Melianthus major has gone bonkers. I’ve discussed this before, but I really should cut it back, but with the garden opening in two months (aargh!), I just can’t bring myself to do it.  This autumn, though, it MUST happen!

Out on the Drive Bed the Erysimum ‘Ivory Giant’ grown from seed last year are finally making their mark and I’m hoping they’ll still be flowering when the Sisyrinchiums and Rose ‘Snow Goose’ join the party.

In the veg patch there is nothing except the moved rhubarb (looking a little ‘unsettled’ if you know what I mean) a few Broad Beans and plenty of raspberry canes which need tying in.

In the Strawberry Bed the Agapanthus are threatening to take over, potentially prompting a renaming!

Meanwhile the daughter, who spent last summer in the States working at a summer camp (and consequently was barely home for a fortnight all summer), will be around more this year and is putting in requests for more strawberry plants to fill the gap left by the rhubarb.  As that space is currently only colonised by forget me nots, I think she has a point.

Round the back of the house in a skinny north facing bed ,the Hostas are looking immaculate – so far.  I’ve used the Slug Gone wool pellets again, but last year they did seem to lose efficacy later on.  Probably I should have reapplied.

In the meantime I’ll admire the (doubtless temporary) perfection!

In the greenhouse there are hundreds of similarly perfect little seeds.  So full of hope, right up until I don’t plant them on, don’t plant them out and chuck them on the compost!

The plan is to spend this afternoon with the rain lashing down in the greenhouse fiddling with seeds.  I hope there’s something good on the radio!

Meanwhile, the Winter Sunshine Sweet Peas don’t need any attention, they can just be enjoyed.  Wish I could bottle and share their scent in a warm greenhouse on a sunny day!

With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener who hosts EoMV.

In a vase on Monday – Repeat (Repeat)

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Today’s vase is largely a repeat of last week’s with Erysimum Bowles Mauve, Cerinthe major purpurescens

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Winter Sunshine Sweet Peas and, this week, the addition of some Anemone Coronaria.IMG_2344

But oh, what’s also joined the Repeat Repeat jug featured last week?  Two beautiful mugs!

My lovely friend Jo who came to stay this weekend was looking for a gift to bring and, reading my comment last week “they do mugs too, but so far I’ve resisted”,  generously ordered them and they were delivered on Saturday, much to my obvious delight! IMG_2342

So, thanks to Cathy for hosting this lovely meme, but huge thanks too to Jo, for making a little dream come true!

Now, what shall I wish for this week?

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2017

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Very late with GBBD but, looking back to March’s End of Month View, spring has suddenly accelerated in the last fortnight and some tulips have come and gone!

There are a few Narcissi still hanging on – Lieke

and Jazz

Even more astonishing are a few Fritallaria meleagris, still flowering in the lawn.

And although some tulips have finished, Tulip Queen of the Night, is still looking mighty fine – what a colour!

And what another colour!  Tulip Jimmy in the Bronze Bed.

Plenty of over wintered Antirrhinums.  I particularly like the first one, A. majus nanum Black Prince, and lovely to see them flowering so early.

Other annuals already flowering Nicotina mutablis – this either self seeded or survived the winter (er, in which case it can’t be an annual!)

and good old Cerinthe major purpurescens.  This one’s a bit mildewed already, but you’ve got to love that astonishing slatey purple flower colour.

Plenty of Pelagoniums too, these two in the greenhouse

but these two outside (and have been all winter).

Also in the greenhouse I’m excited to see this small shrubby plant blooming again.  It hails from Madeira, but I’m not sure of the name.

Abutilon Orange Marion is showing off her crinkled petals

and the Sweet Peas are definitely on their way now.

But to finish a rather bonkers combination which I’m rather chuffed with – not for the fainted hearted:

With thanks to Carol at May Dream Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBDs.

In a vase on Monday – mauving in the right direction?

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It’s been a busy old Easter weekend with a trip to the dump on Friday (!) the mainland on Saturday, plenty of ‘housey’ issues to sort, and a college deadline to draw 10 construction drawings of steps, walls etc which I only started on Sunday (aaargh!) and am still struggling through.

Consequently, and sadly, gardening and blogging seem to have got rather squeezed out.  However, some things are important and, although I’ve taken photos for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (due on the 15th!) I thought I’d allow myself a blogging minute and instead of catching up with that, I’m catching up with Cathy and all her lovely gang who take part in In a Vase on Monday.

My vase this week is a purple affair of Cerinthe major purpurescens, together with Tulip Queen of the Night.IMG_2340

Further purple is provided by the stalwart Erysimum Bowles Mauve,

and the whole lot lightened up by the pretty Narcissus Lieke.  The vase itself is another from Repeat Repeat (see larger one here).  I persuaded my sister to by this for the OH as a Christmas present (and I bought an even smaller one).  I just love the simple relief pattern.  They do mugs too, but so far I’ve resisted!IMG_2338

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our vases, and provides a calm, flowery oasis to Mondays.

Right, literally, back to the drawing board!