Whilst the rest of the UK – well the south east anyway – reached the highest temperature of the year so far here in the far west of the south-west it has been a challenging week at best. Torrential rain, wind, muggy mid-teen temperatures and some sunshine. At least it meant I could get my slug nematodes into the garden, let’s hope they work!
Anyway here are six more things to enjoy this Saturday.
First another look at last week’s Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ – now the flowers are fully open. What a little beauty!
More Dutch irises have opened and looking fabulous festooned with raindrops.
Another surprise flower is this Arum lily. I thought I had pulled up all the yellow irises from this area of the garden including the arum lilies that were among them, but this escaped. Last year it grew leaves, this year no less than seven flowers! I am now considering buying one of the very dark purple ones, though they may not be as hardy.
A cute little plant that grows in the Butler sink (still not converted to a mini pond) is the Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-Eyed Grass). Since the two Pasque flowers have done well this spring, maybe I just need to find a couple more alpines to put in this container that won’t rot over the wet winters.
Another little sweetie to have survived its first winter is Pittosporum ‘Golden Ball’ which has variegated, golden-yellow foliage when young, contrasting with older yellow-green leaves. It has small, purple flowers in May and June. To the right is an Erodium ‘Bishop’s Form’.
Not to be outdone by the Heucheras featured at the beginning of May, is this Heucherella with the delicious sounding name ‘Buttered Rum’. Unfortunately three of the other heucheras/heucherellas haven’t fared as well, but I did mange to rescue them and they are now in containers hopefully regaining their strength before going back into the garden.
We are entering the last week or so of spring with so much to look forward to in our gardens.
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