Amazingly, despite the recent freezing weather, I still have a number of the annual Nicotiana mutablis flowering in the Swing Beds (the one above caught up in the bare branches of the Elaeagnus).
The overall look of the garden is very wintery, but close inspection revealed a number of further blooms, including roses Rosa ‘Flower Carpet Pink’
and neighbouring Rosa ‘Berkshire. Note the matching pink stripe on the Phormium – I can’t take credit, both were inherited!
There are still a couple of Gazanias clearly confused what month it is
and likewise this Pelargonium ‘Surcouf.’
In addition to Erysimum Bowles Mauve I currently have this pair in flower. The first one E. ‘Red Jep’ was bought last year after I’d admired it so much when I visited Hyde Hall. The second rather yellow one was grown from seed, and I think is E. Ivory Giant.
By the front steps the Rosmarinus prostratus is covered in blooms, but is hardly looking very ‘prostratus’.
And whilst I’m chuffed to see Rosemary’s Babies are also flowering, I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with them…..
This Teucrium fruticans plant is really very woody but seems to have responded quite well to a severe hack back last year.
Similarly this Anisodontea capensis is also past its best, with the stem currently tied to a post to prevent it falling over. It’s a beautiful shrub when happy in the sun, but mine’s definitely showing its age (I know the feeling).
There’s nothing in the Veg Patch for the Diving Lady to admire except some rather scruffy kale, so I’m glad she’s still got a pretty pool.
In the Mid Century bed the Acacia baileyana purpurea looks like it’s going to flower for the first time. It’s a lovely little tree with gorgeous foliage, but I really don’t think it’s in the right place and will have to go. But where to move it?
In the greenhouse there are a few plants flowering – this Abutilon ‘Orange Marion’
and a couple more Pelargoniums.
I also discovered this beautiful Iris histioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley,’ which would definitely be brought into a more prominent position
if only she had some friends!
Back outside the sun continues to bring out the Freckles
and I’m waiting with bated breath to see when it will do the same for these:
With thanks to Carol at May Dream Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBDs.