Having almost non stop rain for a month, with a gale or two thrown in, the flowers are still managing to put on a colourful display. The garden is absolutely sodden so there isn’t much that can be done at the moment, trying to garden when you are paddling causes more damage to the structure of the soil so best to retreat into the green house and prick out all the primula seedlings that are ready. Have still managed to take some photos each time the rain stopped, the first is of one of our Pulsatillas, which I think is a lot later than last year, probably due to the cold weather.
The Apple blossom is out on the cordon eating apples that we have, managed to get a reasonable number of apples last year, so hoping for a repeat performance this year.
Also up in the fruit and veg area is a Chaenomeles “Apple Blossom”, planted to try and entice the bees to come and pollinate all the fruit bushes and trees. Bees have been in short supply these past few weeks due to the cold and wet, so I hope we get our fruit in the autumn.
Enjoying life among the cowslips is Erythronium Knightshayes Pink, this was a new plant last year, seems to have settled in nicely.
Another plant ejoying the company of the cowslips is Epimedium “Pixie”. I think these look more like jesters hats than pixies, but who cares, they make me laugh each time I see them!
The flowers of this tree peony have stood up well to all the wind and rain, the flowers are huge, at least 8 inches across.
English bluebells, Hyacinthoides non scripta, have made themselves at home in this shady corner, along with the cowslips. I spread the seed around here each year and they are now increasing nicely.
Our last Narcissus to flower each year is Pheasant’s Eye, such a delicious perfume, it carries right across the garden. This narcissus seems to be doing well now, so must buy more in the autumn.
A dwarf iris, given to me by a friend, so no name I’m afraid, seems very happy growing on the alpine scree, this has the sharp drainage that it requires.
We have a bumble bee ! Havn’t seen one for weeks with all the rain and cold wind, the poor bees must have been having a hard time of it lately.
Paeonia mlokosewitschii has the most beautiful flowers in a delicate pale butter yellow, to read a post dedicated to them, click here.
We have sunshine, fantastic! All the flowers are now open on P. mlokosewitschii and doesn’t she look beautiful, have never known the flowers to last this long before.
Popping up all over the garden are the lovely forget-me-nots, a sea of blue wherever you look, they form a linking theme around the garden.
This year, just one plant has decided to be white!
All down the front border, the bee and butterfly border, the Camassias are flowering, offering pollen and nectar to any passing bee. More blue, memo to self, plant more yellow and white!
The huge Bramley apple tree is covered in blossom, just think of all those apples to make into crumbles next autumn and winter!!
A damselfly came to sit beside me and we both enjoyed the brief interlude of warm sunshine, had to make the most of it because it didn’t last long.
Another meconopsis, but not a blue this time, this one is the Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica. Some people say it is a weed, but not here on my heavy soil, here it seeds itself gently around and so far, is very welcome wherever it pops up.
The red Valerian, Centhranthus ruber, really shouldn’t like our heavy clay, but ignorance is bliss and I planted it before I knew any better. It never seeds around so is never a problem and this is the only plant in the garden that attracts the hummingbird hawk moth , therefore it is a very precious plant!
Darmera peltata was here when we came, planted behind what was the old pond, so they looked well together. We made a new pond up at the top of the garden and turned the old raised one into an alpine scree. Problem is, can’t move the Darmera over to the bog garden, it has its roots tightly under the rocks and refuses to budge! It looks a bit strange with a bog plant next to an alpine scree, but that is how it will have to stay, it must be revelling in all our rain.
More Meconopsis flowers are opening, will hopefully do another post about them soon.
For obvious reasons, this is my favourite part of the garden at the moment. No matter how hard it is raining, I have to come and see what else has opened overnight. After such a dry winter, the plants are certainly appreciating all the rain that we are having, the cowslips are twice the normal size! At least with all this rain, the housework is up to date at last!!