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End of month view – March 2017

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What a perfect day for March’s EoMV!  Spring has arrived all of a rush, with many bulbs bursting into bloom under the last weekend’s glorious sunshine.

Starting from the bottom of the Lavender steps, looking left, please admire the fact that nearly all the beds have been mulched with a mix of Isle of Wight compost and manure.  I have to confess to hiring a man to help dig it out of the big white sacks into a wheelbarrow, but I did all the application (not least because I was really too late, and there were plenty of bulbs and emerging perennials which could have been broken by a careless ‘dump’!)

I have to confess the Acacia baileyana pupurea which I moved back in February is looking a little brown and crispy in places but I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will survive.IMG_2194

On the decking the wonderful Pelagonium ‘Surcouf’ is looking positively rampant already. And although I also have the Clematis ‘Princess Diana’ at the back of these pots (there is a pair) she’s not very happy, so I’m encouraging Surcouf up the trellis and might move the Princess somewhere more to her liking.IMG_2192

In the trough the replenished N. Minnow are spilling overIMG_2195

and in the veg patch, the Diving Lady is overseeing a mulched blank canvas.

I’ve recently moved the rhubarb from the front bed to an area out of shot to the left hand end of the main veg bed.  It never did that well where it was (much to my embarrassment) which I put down to the bed being too hot and dry, so I’m hoping the new location will suit it better.  And the evacuation of the rhubarb means more room for strawberries.  Any tips for favourite varieties?

Much to the chagrin of the daughter, home from uni for Easter, I’ve also planted a few more home grown Agapanthus seedlings at the back.  She thinks the whole bed should just be strawberries and more strawberries – not least because this year she’ll be home in June!IMG_2196

Round to the left hand Swing Bed and there’s plenty of green but little colour yet.  The daffodils have disappeared and the tulips are (mostly) still in bud.

I finally got round to pruning and training all the roses on the pergola and they are now leafing up nicely.IMG_2197

In the right hand bed there are more Narcissi than the left (er, why?) and a far happier looking Euphorbia.  I’ve said before that trying to make these beds symmetrical is rather a hopeless cause, but I’m wondering whether I should abandon the Euphorbia all together and replace with something more structural and evergreen.  (The joke is that there is a healthy looking Euphorbia right at the end of the left hand bed, but that one is self seeded.  The one bought and paid for to mirror the other bed is hopeless).  Hmmm.IMG_2198

In the Grass Bed I’m delighted that some of some of the Forget me nots have returned to form rather spartan skirts around the N. ‘Peeping Jennys’.IMG_2199

The Bronze Bed is positively overrun with Euphorbia (and this is after I pulled one out) but whilst they’re a zingy joy at this time of year, I’m not convinced I’ll allow them to survive later in the year.

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I blogged about this Primula last year – it’s self seeded alongside the Lavender Steps.  I just love the soft colour and saved and sowed seeds last year but to no avail, and, now it’s another year older, I think it’s even less likely I’ll be able to move it.  Ah well, I’d better enjoy it where it is.IMG_2201

In the right hand Lavender Bed you can see the chive like leaves of Allium Sphaerocephalon. I’ve never grown it before (but used to admire it in my mum’s garden) and because it’s so ‘slight’ I’ve planted them in a ‘wave’ across the two beds as I thought otherwise they could be a bit lost.  Whether it will actually work is yet to be seen, not least because the other plants might have grown up to obscure them before they get round to flowering.IMG_2200

The N. Tete a tete are still flowering along the path to the front door.  Those in the pots are largely over, but have now been surpassed by the news ones planted along the edge of the bed.  In summer these beds are full of the ‘Flower Carpet’ roses, but it’s lovely to have these cheery daffs now.

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More new daffs –  N. Thalia in the Drive Bed, accompanied by Erysimum ‘Ivory Giant’ which were grown from seed last year.IMG_2210

At the western side of the garden the Frits (as they’re known in this household) are blooming in the grass, with N. Jenny in the background.  IMG_2206

In this picture you can see the Hamamelis ‘Arnold’s Promise’ is completely over IMG_2208

whereas the H. Aphrodite is still going strong.IMG_2209

The Bronze Bed is a mass of daffs with ‘Cragford’ now being joined ‘Yazz’, and the Hamamelis flowers being picked up by the Melianthus Major flowers.  The Melianthus has survived the winter again and, as a consequence, got rather out of hand.  I really should have cut it back last year, but with the garden opening in the summer I’m a bit loathe to cut it back now.  Perhaps I could perform a tidy up and get away with it?

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And meanwhile, the greenhouse is displaying an interesting mix of overwintering tender plants, Winter Sweet Peas

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and new seedlings.IMG_2190

And to finish, one of the Greenhouse pots – last year’s N. Bellsong joined by new tulip, T. ‘Mango Charm.’

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With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting all the EOMV.  Why don’t you take a peek at what others are up to?

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2016

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A day late with GBBD as it poured with rain yesterday and I only manged to sneak a few photos before heading off to the twin Friday night excitements of Zumba followed by supper with friends.  And then today was largely spent working on the latest assignment for my planting design college course due in on Tuesday – yikes!

I took a few more photos this morning, so there’s now a mix of two very different days.

After the joy of last year’s new bulbs – largely tulips in the Swing Beds – I splashed out last autumn on more bulbs, this time for the two new beds – the MCB above and the Bronze Bed on the other side of the garden.  In addition, I planted up a number of ‘bulb lasagnes’ in pots, and it has been an absolute joy watching all the slow motion fireworks.

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there are Narcissus ‘Thalia’IMG_0214

together with Tulip ‘Merry Go Round’, which have also been planted in the trough by the front steps.IMG_0226

In the Swing Beds I’m delighted that some of the tulips have returned – these are Tulip ‘Pink Impression,’ in the right hand end of the Swing Bed, looking towards…

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…the Grass Bed, which featured in last week’s Wordless Wednesday, with Forget me nots and Narcissus ‘Peeping Jenny’

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On the other side of the garden, the Bronze Bed, which was looking rather handsome with the Hamamelis and Narcissus ‘Cragford,’ has now been invaded by both Narcissus ‘Yazz’ and Tulip ‘Jimmy’.  To be honest, I think if’ I’d known how many blooms I get with the ‘Cragfords’ and how long flowering they’d be I don’t think I’d have bothered with the ‘Yazz’.  IMG_0232

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In pots I have the beautiful and rather dainty Narcissus ‘Lieke’IMG_0243

contrasting rather strongly with the mad front door pots of Narcissus ‘Jack Snipe,’ Tulip ‘Matrix.’ If you look closely you’ll see Tulip ‘Recreado’ is also joining the party.IMG_0246

And the greenhouse pots are still flowering well with Narcissus ‘Bellsong’ and Tulip ‘Apricot Impression’.

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Aside from all the bulbs, I have Matthiola Incana just starting to come into bloom in the troughs,IMG_0217

Plenty of Cerinthe self seeded in the pebbly pathsIMG_0215

a few Fritillaria meleagris in the grassIMG_0231

and some brave Pelargoniums, P. Surcouf which have been outside all winter.

IMG_0244Oh and have I mentioned the sweet peas, Owl’s Acre ‘Winter Sunshine’ in the greenhouse?IMG_0239IMG_0240

And lastly, a bit chilly still, but the Diving Lady is contemplating making a splash in a rather purple pool.

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With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.  Why don’t you go and see what’s making a splash in others’ gardens?

Whistlestop Nymans

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Following Whistlestop Wisley in February, I made another hasty garden visit at the weekend, this time to the National Trust garden at Nymans.

The garden was developed by three generations of the Messel family, after Ludvig Messel bought the 600 acre Nymans estate in the late 19th century.  Together with his head gardener, James Comber, he developed the garden, including building up collections of three of my (possibly) least favourite genera – camellias, rhododendrons and ericas.  However they also collected numerous magnolias, which were looking stunning during my visit.  This one in particular, Magnolia ‘Charles Raffill’, a cross between M. Campbellii and M. Mollicomata, was absolutely magnificent.

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And I’ve never seen such enormous Magnolia stellata.IMG_0152

As well as the wonderful magnolias, there were thousands of beautiful bulbs.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Narcissus together with Cornus (I assume ‘Midwinter Fire’) but I think this was really striking.IMG_0165

Another favourite bulb of mine is Fritillaria meleagris – just look at these beauties.IMG_0129IMG_0130

Whilst there was evidence of winter in the still blooming Hellebores, IMG_0162

there were also many signs of spring, including these gorgeous Paeonia delavayi buds.IMG_0158

I thought I might be tempted in the nursery,  but there really wasn’t much of interest.  However, in the roped off area, look at all these sweeties.  I think the pink pots denote that the plants have been grown at Nymans in peat free compost.IMG_0154

 

Nymans is a garden I’ve wanted to visit for years and, as I was close by, I popped in. However, I don’t really think I did it justice.  Ideally I’d like to return on an occasion when I could have a proper garden tour to appreciate more of the rare, exotic species collected by the Messels from around the world, including particularly China and Chile and Tasmania. And preferably late in the summer, when I won’t be expected to admire the Rhododendrons and Camellias. 😉

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – March 2016

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I’m starting with this lovely group of Fritellaria meleagris which I have to confess I bought in a pot from Waitrose.  The ones I’d planted in the shady lawn a couple of year ago seem to have dwindled to nothing, and I was feeling their loss.  I can’t quite decide whether I’ll plant these out after flowering or if it’s all rather a lost cause.  I do so love them.

Elsewhere other bulbs are coming up well.  The number of Narcissi has increased since last month – as well as N. ‘Tete a tete’ there are a couple of inherited onesIMG_0076

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more of the new Narcissus ‘Cragford’, which have been blooming well for a month,

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and, oh look, my first N. Jenny!IMG_0054

I went a bit mad with the Crocus ‘Cream Beauty’ this year after they were all eaten last year, and I’ve now got plenty in various pots, having kept them safe in the greenhouse during their infancy.

One advantage of a failing memory is that I can’t remember which Narcissus I planted to follow on –  I could look it up, but think I’ll just wait and see!IMG_0277

My two Hamamelis, ‘Aphrodite’ andIMG_0059

‘Arnold’s Promise’ are still blooming with their beautiful orange and lemon zesty flowers.IMG_0058

The Hellebores have gone from strength to strength with all the clumps significantly bigger than a year ago.IMG_0057

There are a few blooms flowering out of season – this Grevillea, which I’ve recently uncovered under a huge Fuchsia I just pruned,IMG_0075

an Argyranthemum,IMG_0074

this little DianthusIMG_0065

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and a couple of Pelargoniums which somehow never got brought in over the winter.  Luckily I seem to have got away with it!

This is a plant I don’t think I’ve ever featured as I havent known it’s name.  For the majority of the time it looks like a low growing conifer, but at this time of year it’s smothered in these tiny white/pink flowers and is absolutely stunning.  I finally discovered its identity at the recent RHS show, it’s a Coleonema, I think Coleonema ‘Sunset Gold,’ and it’s an absolute belter.IMG_0078

Another favourite, the Leptospermum (or tea tree plant) still covered in blooms.IMG_0050

And to finish, something I really wish wasn’t here – one of a number of clumps of wild garlic, or ransoms, Allium ursinum.  I’d better get weeding.IMG_0073

With thanks as ever to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts the GBBD.