I’ve just looked back at my GBBD post from a year ago and it’s all tulips with a few Narcissi – today’s is roses, poppies and pelargoniums. What a mad spring!
The rose above is ‘Pat Austin’, the one below a bit of a family joke as I’m not a fan of red and so, when a builder chopped it back to ground level a few years ago I didn’t mourn. However, since then it’s come back bigger and stronger, so I’ve given it a grudging acceptance.
And here’s ‘St Swithun,’ finally looking well established on the pergola.
There are a few more roses already in bud so I’m starting to fret they’ll all be long gone by the garden opening at the end of June!
This little Cistus is also looking more summery than the calendar – but then so was today’s sunshine.
Having rested for only a couple of months the Leptospermum is back again.
By the front steps I’ve popped some bought Osteospermums into the big bath. I like how the centres pick up the colour of the Pelagoniums behind.
Another daisy flower is the Erigeron karvinskianus growing in the crack at the bottom of the steps.
Also near the steps is a lovely inherited Genista.
The first year we were here it flowered at the same time as the Callistemon, it’s planted next to and together they were quite a sight, but again this year it’s not to be.
Two Alliums flowering now. The one on the left is called ‘Violet Beauty’ and was planted in the Drive Bed to flower with a similarly coloured tulip. Not only did they not flower together last year, but this year only about three of the tulips returned, and not many more of the Alliums.
The one on the right is good old ‘Purple Sensation’ (being apparently strangled by the foliage of Allium Sphaerocephalon)
I bought a new Geum recently, ‘Prinses Juliana’ (the one on the right), to go in the Bronze Bed with ‘Pat’ (the rose). I was perfectly happy with it until I read Sarah Raven talking about G. Totally Tangerine (the one on the left, which I had already in a pot on the barrow). From these photos they don’t look that different, but she’s right, Totally Tangerine is a softer more subtle colour, and definitely a better match for Pat. Darn!
More orange from this lovely little plant we brought back from Madeira just a week or so before I started this blog. It hasn’t flowered for years but I’m delighted to see it blooming again. I did find the name at one stage but have now lost it again. Any clues?
Looking across the Lavender Bed to the Mid Century bed beyond I like how the Gladioli spires are repeated by the Foxgloves.
I love this little poppy. I’ve gone a bit mad for them and have planted plenty, some grown from seed (including this one) and some bought as plugs. Let’s hope it works!
At the back of the Swing Beds these Nicotiana mutablis are now over a metre tall. I’m still a bit confused as to whether they self seeded, as they seemed to get going so early, it’s more like they overwintered, There a definitely a few kicking about in seed trays that seem to have survived, so I’m thinking I should plant them out too.
There are a few Pelargoniums blooming now, including this one bought at our local Boot Fair and hence nameless. It’s one of my favourites and I’m forever taking cuttings to increase my stock.
And this is another favourite – Surcouf, in the twin pots on the decking. They’ve gone mad this year!
In the greenhouse the Sweet Peas are also going bonkers and I’ve picked a proper big bunch this weekend.
To finish I think my favourite bloom today. This is Erysimum ‘Red Jep’ which I fell in love with when I saw it at Hyde Hall. I found just one supplier and bought them online last year, but I note this year Sarah Raven has them too! I’ve taken a few cuttings but I really must take more as already they’re looking a little woody at the base so I’m not sure how long they’ll continue to look so good.
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.