Things have started to flower in the sunny side of the garden and I am already beginning to think that the geraniums will have to be divided.
- Hardy Geranium #1
- Hardy Geranium #2
- Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana (Sicilian chamomile)
This grows in both sun and shade and creeps nicely over the low granite stone walls. Easily propagated, I just pull a piece off and stick it in the soil where I want it to grow. Silvery-grey cut scented leaves beneath a sea of white daisies that last from May to August.
- Gladiolus communis byzantinus or Whistling Jacks (SW England)
This is the only plant that I have introduced to the garden in today’s selection. They are a lovely luminous magenta pink colour. They are sterile plants so I am hoping they will bulk up a bit if they are happy in their locations. I planted about 20 corms, but only half a dozen so far have flowered. So I might have to dig some up and reposition them.
- Some sort of Lamium (Dead nettle) I think. This has self-seeded throughout the garden this year and seems to spread via runners. The leaves are very soft and furry and the purple lipped flowers attract the bees. It is quite a tall plant. I know someone is going to tell me I should remove these immediately!
Edit: Kathy kindly told me this is Hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica ) which grows in habitats such as verges, hedge banks, woodland rides and river banks. This is in full sun! It apparently likes being chilled to break dormancy so I wonder if our cold spell is the reason for so much of it in the garden this year.
- Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag, yellow iris, water flag)
This clump grows next to the patio and I wonder if there once was a pond here. Late to begin flowering this year, they are now coming on strong.
So much happening in the garden at the moment and I really need to finish off the gravel area and edge what’s left of the lawn. And then maybe I will get a chance to actually sit in the garden and read a book…
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