The woodland is much the same as last month, I’ve not got any more new planting done as I’ve been concentrating on trying to get the borders weeded in the main garden. With all the rain we have had, at least we can see the weeds, they grow so tall so quickly and the benefit of the rain means that docks slide out beautifully with such a long root, very satisfying! Hopefully by next EOMV I will have completed planting up all the plants that are still standing in their pots! The new planting that I showed you last month has settled in nicely and I have only had to water a few times as we have had so much rain!
These are the plants still waiting to be planted, foxgloves, honesty, candelabra primulas, and astilbe. Yes, I will get them planted soon!
As well as the woodland, for the next few months I will also show you what has been happening in the bog garden. I must try and find a nicer name for this part of the garden, which should look pretty for the next 3 or 4 months. Everything is growing so well here with plenty of water at their feet, the plants are relishing the permanently moist soil.
The meconopsis at the back of the border where it isn’t quite so wet, are still flowering and there are still more buds to open.
The left hand end of the border has as much contrasting foliage as it has flowers.
My Zantedeschia aethiopica is flowering at last….
……and this flower is so huge, it must be at least 10 inches from front to back. I noticed when taking this photo that at least 2 more buds have formed, so this plant should flower for quite some time.
A lot of my candelabra seedlings have come up this peachy/salmon colour. I think maybe I’ll have to move this one as Hosta Strip Tease behind it hasn’t got enough room.
Forming a large clump now at the front of the border is P.candelabra Miller’s Crimson. This is one of the first to flower and the lower flowers are now forming fat pods full of seed, but do I need any more though!
The right hand end has more peach coloured primulas along with P. Postford White which were also grown from seed and a couple of Meconopsis. The Rhododendron on the right is one which my students gave me when I retired.
I thought all my seedlings were white and peach until these yellow ones opened up the other day.
Primula Inverewe starts off the rainbow of colour at the left hand side of the bog garden. This one reminds me of our holiday in Scotland a couple of years ago when we visited the garden at Inverewe.
Primula aurantiaca is spreading nicely, I will be able to split this one when it has finished flowering and give the hosta behind a bit more room.
Dark red Astilbe foliage on the left with various candelabra primulas, a blue Hosta and right at the back, where it isn’t so wet, the blue of Meconopsis Lingholm.
This grouping pleases me whenever I pass by, the lovely bronze foliage of the rodgersia with foliage of astilbe weaving through. Behind are the silver fronds of a Japanese fern and the yellow fronds of a Carex.
The border is looking quite colourful with all the primulas, I would imagine by next month it will be the astilbes which will be flowering.
When I first started planting this border, it seemed quite a daunting task, but two years later it is almost full, everything is growing so well with constant moisture, I’m so glad I ignored all the people who told me to drain this area!
First of all, let me apologise for the field of daisies, I can’t call it a lawn, but it has been so wet, we just can’t get the heavy mower on to cut it! This is the bog garden from the right hand end with foliage playing a large part along with all the flowers.
Another area which is beginning to go into flowery overdrive is the Bee and Butterfly border by the front drive.
Starting way back in January with snowdrops and hellebores, then masses of primroses, narcissus and crocus, this border has had flowers for any bee which has woken up early. Then came Peony Mlokosewitchii, followed by bluebells, foxgloves and red campion. Now there are Dutch and English iris, with Anthemis for the butterflies, this will flower from now until the frosts in autumn. Sisyrinchium, Alliums and Nectaroscordum have just started flowering and soon more peonies, campanulas and oriental Poppies will join in. There are four buddljas in this border and also Eupatorum which the butterflies love, with lots of Agapanthus and some knifophia for the bees.
There we have the parts of the garden that I find interesting at the moment, each morning I am out with a mug of tea to see what has opened overnight.
Thanks once again to Helen for hosting this End of Month View at www.patientgardener.wordpress.com, do pay her a visit to see what other gardener’s have been doing over the last month.