Suddenly the garden has awoken, and even some of the roses are joining the party.
One of my absolute favourites – Rosa ‘Pat Austin’ – had a number of blousy blooms, which I just couldn’t resist.
To these I added two Geums (no I can’t explain why I need two orange Geums, don’t judge me!)
The first is ‘Totally Tangerine’ which I added to the Bronze Bed last year. It really is the colour of a Jaffa orange and therefore a bit harsh for Pat, also situated in the same bed.
The second one is ‘Mai Tai,’ a softer, peachier orange and therefore a much better companion for Pat but, illogically, is situated in a pot on the other side of the garden! At least I’ve been able to bring them together in a vase.
To all this orange, I added a bit of lime in the form of Euphorbia Polychroma.
It really was lovely cutting and plonking a few zingy blooms in the sunshine. Thanks for hosting this lovely meme Cathy!
Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have chosen for their vases today?
I always try to ensure that posts are pertinent to the time the photos were taken, at least within a week or so, but we’ve been back from Italy for nearly a month and I’ve struggled to find time to pull this post together. However, it really was a beautiful garden, so I hope you’ll excuse this being almost a month late!
On the last day of our walking holiday on the Amalfi coast we were lucky enough to visit the gardens of the Villa Cimbrone.
Found on the outskirts of Ravello, the setting is absolutely breathtaking, on a south pointing ‘finger’ high above the coast, with sea views around 270 degrees.
The abandoned estate was rescued by Ernest William Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe after he discovered it as part of his Grand Tour when he came to Italy to get over the death of his wife. He bought the estate in 1904 and, with the help of local Nicola Mansi, as well as Harold Peto, Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, the gardens were laid out in what the guide describes ‘a happy combination of traditional English and Italian landscaped gardens’.
I’d worried that we might be too early, even on the Mediterranean, for many flowers, but magically our visit coincided with two fairly fleeting blooms – both the Judas Tree, Cercis siliquastrum
Both were featured repeatedly and provided fabulous colour to clothe wonderful structures.
One plant that was new to me was the one growing vertically (above) reflecting the Wisteria hanging down. Here it is closer. I’d seen it on previous days growing wild and would love to know what it is. Any clues? We discussed it within the group and thought it must be bulbous and perhaps related to Muscari?
The next few photos reflect the stunning views out over the Amalfi Coast.
as well as a few planting combinations which appealed.
And to finish, two charming ‘housekeeping’ items. Firstly, one of the elegant rubbish bins
and secondly, the most beautiful emergency exit!
With thanks to Villa Cimbrone – you made my holiday!