A quick one from me today as I think I have fallen to the dreaded Covid after returning from a short trip to Devon. Headache, runny nose, sore throat and a painful cough means sitting in front of a screen is not advisable. I shall be returning to my sick bed any minute now.
However, it is Saturday and time for another six from the garden which I have to say is looking glorious. The weather on our return was beautiful and although I am not fit enough to carry out the emptying of spring bulbs and planting of summer flowers, I did mange a few photos. This morning we had heavy rain and it’s now cloudy and breezy.
The early flowering clematis is over now with Nelly Moser (above) taking her usual position climbing up among the Crinodendron hookerianum and the Goat Willow trees. I only cut this clematis back by a few buds last year and some of it got damaged in the winter storms, so most of the flowering is high up. I might cut it back more dramatically after it has finished flowering. The Chilean lantern tree, which was smothered in flowers last year, has hardly any this. It was badly scorched by the same winter storms, but is looking much better now. Again, a good prune is required to get it back into shape.
At the same time this Clematis montana (which I think is ‘Marjorie’) is making a comeback. Most of it fell over to the other side of the fence in winter storms three or four years ago, so the cattle get the benefit of the flowers. This year there are some on my side.
Alliums are, of course, the mainstay of filling the gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the start of the flowering perennials. Mine were planted several years ago, but some still return, Christophii is spreading well and loved by the bees. ‘Purple Sensation’ not so much, but looks rather good against the lime-green of the Euphorbia oblongata. I bought 15 bulbs last autumn and planted them in a large container, only two have flowered. They will go into a bed in the autumn and take their chances.
I am trying to grow Gertie as a climber up my fence, so far she has responded well with more flowers each year. It’s a shame I planted her at the back of the garden though as she has the most delightful lemony scent.
This year the lupins (another good seasonal filler) are not flowering as well as they did last year, but I can only be grateful that they flower at all as the snails love them! As do the bees.
I didn’t deliberately not mow my tiny lawn in May, but it was only mown twice. I decided last year to try and encourage it to be more of a wild lawn, which it already was in some ways as daisies and dandelions are rife. There is also some self-heal and some red clover. I have tried to eliminate most of the dandelions as they spread mercilessly throughout the garden and so far I haven’t introduced anything else. Though I do seem to have creeping buttercups. Hardly unusual as they grow elsewhere around the garden.
The header is of one of my visiting blackbirds which serenades me whilst out in the garden. I love my little garden birds and I hope that soon the fledglings will be popping in for a feed.
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