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In a vase on Monday – Pat’s back!

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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.IMG_4055

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.IMG_4056

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.IMG_4057

To all this orange, I added a bit of lime in the form of Euphorbia Polychroma.IMG_4054a

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?

Villa Cimbrone garden – un bel giardino!

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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 IMG_3595

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and Wisteria.

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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?DSC00981

The next few photos reflect the stunning views out over the Amalfi Coast.  DSC01001

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as well as a few planting combinations which appealed.

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And to finish, two charming ‘housekeeping’ items.  Firstly, one of the elegant rubbish binsDSC00982

and secondly, the most beautiful emergency exit!IMG_3599

With thanks to Villa Cimbrone – you made my holiday!

In a vase on Monday – perky posy!

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I made this little posy for my lovely neighbour, and, starting with the jewel like tulips, I thought I’d see where they led me.

Firstly T. ‘Queen of the Night’ (and T. Merry go round) and zingy, fresh Spiraea japonica foliage,IMG_4040

then Cerinthe major purpurescens,IMG_4043

and lastly fabulous Erysimum ‘Red Jep’.IMG_4042

Simples!IMG_4045

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases.

End of month view – April 2018

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I feel like I’ve barely been here for weeks!  Firstly a lovely weekend away with my daughter and then a week in Italy has meant this last weekend has been the first I’ve spent on the island in a month.  Goodness know when all this happened, but look!  It’s all happened!

On a slightly more negative note, the dear OH, has occasioned this to happen.  The decking outside the office was becoming increasingly unsafe and, as we had builders in doing other work, he kindly instructed them to take the decking away.  I can’t say I’m exactly thrilled that we’ve lost our terrace just as the weather’s changing, but hopefully we can conclude discussions about its replacement and get cracking.  Hmm.IMG_4010

My absence has meant progress on the Veg Patch has been extremely limited.  There are some broad beans under the cover at the bottom but everything else is way behind – including the weeding.IMG_4005

As previously noted, the Agapanthus in the strawberry bed are threatening to squeeze out the strawberries.  And the Diving Lady is looking increasingly like she needs a machete to find her pool.IMG_4013

In the Swing Beds, after last year’s dismal performance, the tulips have come up trumps.  The larger, blousier ones are T. Pink Impression, with the rather smaller, softer ones ‘Menton’.

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In the Grass Bed the N. ‘Peeping Jennys’ are over and have been replaced N. ‘Lieke’ and T. ‘Green Star’.  Sadly many of the grasses (Stipa tenuissima) do definitely look like they’ve died over the winter.  I’m still deciding whether I’ll replace them or come up with another plan.IMG_4034

In the Mid Century bed I added ‘Night Club’ tulips to the existing ‘Merry go round’ and ‘Queen of the Night’.  These latter two are returning for their third year, which is great as so many tulips really aren’t perennial.IMG_4018IMG_4020

In the Bronze Bed the N. ‘Yazz’ are still blooming but the ‘Jimmy’ tulips seem to have largely disappeared this year.

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The Wisteria is out along the front of the veranda and the scent is heavenly.IMG_4024

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In front of the greenhouse I’m very disappointed with these tulips.  I’ve had the same Narcissus ‘Bellsong’ in these pots for years but have bought various tulips to accompany them.  This year’s ‘Mango Charm’, firstly, don’t look anything like the ones of the same name I bought last year, but also don’t look remotely ‘mango’ and are instead an insipid pink.  The one tulip I do like is the oddity which has turned up in the middle!IMG_4027

Inside the greenhouse is utter chaos.  Although I have moved out some tender plants since this photo was taken, there are still pots and pots getting in the way of seedlings and cuttings.IMG_4028

Even more sadly I still haven’t planted out my winter flowering sweet peas (languishing half dead in the foreground).  I was picking bunches by now last year.  Silly Jen.IMG_4029

In large pots I have various dahlias sprouting, including some new large orange ones to go in the bed outside the greenhouse.  IMG_4030

And to finish a rather more pleasing pot.  This is N. ‘Blushing Lady’ and, would you believe, T. ‘Blushing Lady’.  Clearly nothing goes better with blushing ladies than more blushing ladies!IMG_4031

With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardner who hosts our End of Month Views.