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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – mid May 2016

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There are still a few bulbs clinging on, particularly Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’ (above) and below with ‘Merry go round’IMG_0496

just a few Tulip ‘Jimmy’ and Narcissus ‘Yazz’IMG_0490

Narcissus ‘Goose Green’IMG_0513

and in the Swing Beds, the Tulips ‘Menton’ and ‘Mistress’.IMG_0500

New bulbs emerging include these Gladiolus byzantinus, just coming into bloom in the Lavender Beds but rather more shy elsewhere,

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as well as these Nectoscordum siculum that I’ve said for two years I was going to pull out.IMG_0499

I’ve already got a good showing of Pelargoniums, both outside and in the greenhouseIMG_0517

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and a couple of Clematis.  I love this Montana, which has found its way through the (sadly now empty) chicken hutIMG_0503

but I’m really not convinced about Clematis ‘Josephine’.  What was I thinking?

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Meanwhile, thinking of climbers, my Wisteria is already going over.

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and has showered its purple petals on the succulentsIMG_0493

Also in containers the Matthiola incana has gone mad in the troughs and smells absolutely divine.IMG_0497

Surviving through the winter and already looking better than last year, Cerinthe major purpurescens (such a favourite)IMG_0507

and Daucus carota ‘Black Knight’, grown from seed last year.IMG_0506

And to finish, the first of the roses, Rosa ‘Snow Goose’ on the pergola.IMG_0501

With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.

Anyone for Badminton?

IMG_2375This was my first NGS visit of the year, and my first time to this garden, and whilst I always travel hopefully, I do worry I’ll be disappointed (particularly with the mother in law in tow….)

Not a chance!  Although a handout given on entry suggested they’d suffered “two bad winters and some illness” and “many changes have had to be made due to flooding and loss of trees” I thought the garden was glorious.  Today was hot and sunny and it was delightful to lose yourself in an acre of garden which actually had quite a lot of shade, thanks to some unusual shrubs and trees.

The area that I particularly liked was the planting around the stream, fabulous Viburnum,IMG_2346

some lovely irisesIMG_2354

stunning fernsIMG_2360

and a lot of vertical planting.  There were many structures with climbers including Clematis and a Schisandra Rudiflora, but I particularly like this very pale Wisteria arch.IMG_2396

I couldn’t resist this shot of the ‘resting’ wheelbarrows, but it was also to try to show the white Clematis Montana which has clambered right across the garage roof.IMG_2377

And lastly, what is this lovely blue plant which was growing in the hedgerow as we approached the garden?  Both flowers and leaves look rather like Pulmonaria, but it’s massive – must be over 4ft tall.  Any ideas? IMG_2403

With many thanks to Mr and Mrs Montrose for generously sharing their lovely garden.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – 15th April

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Like Annette at her Aberdeen Garden, it really is all about the tulips.  Above you can see Tulip Spring Green in the grass bed emerging from a froth of forget-me-nots.  I know some people are a bit sniffy about forget-me-nots but I pulled all mine out last year and then regretted it, so this year I’ve allowed them free rein, and they’ve really gone for it.  Anyway, I seem to recall Christopher Lloyd was a fan, so that’s good enough for me.

There’s also another white tulip in this bed, but it’s very early and has already come and gone.  Conversely, my Narcissi Sinopel, which I bought last year because I was intrigued by its slightly green trumpet, has only just come out – I thought it had gone blind.  However, like last year, the green really isn’t very obvious, and also (as mentioned in a previous post) it does tend to look towards the sun and therefore faces the road rather than the garden, leaving the colour of its trumpet a little academic!

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Three more tulips I bought last year are Apricot Foxx

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and Avignon, together with the species tulip Honky Tonk.  IMG_1754

These latter two are in a huge pot by the entrance steps, sitting just behind my Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ which just keeps on flowering.  The tulips were supposed to flower successionally, but this beautiful sunny weather has obviously accelerated the Avignons, well ahead of their supposed May flowering.  Sad to think they may well have come and gone by next month’s GBBD.

Another succession which hasn’t quite worked is the Angelique tulips in the pots by the greenhouse doors.  The Minnow Narcissi are still going strong, but the Angeliques are muscling their way in, strange behaviour for something so girly!

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The last tulip is the stunning Doll’s Minuet in a pot by the front door.  Still pink, but somehow not so girly:

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Other blooms to note include Lithospermum ‘Heavenly Blue’IMG_1815 (3)

my Clematis Montana (already!)IMG_1792

the Melianthus Major (this bloom is over six inches long!)IMG_1806 (2)

and to finish, the Wisteria (and Nimbus).

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With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden who hosts this meme on the 15th of every month.