At the moment there is so much going on in the garden, so many lovely flowers to admire on my daily wander, it’s hard to know what to concentrate on. As well as all the larger flowers, there are so many little gems flowering at the moment, down at ground level, where sometimes you have to search to find them.
My first one is a dwarf iris which has been waiting for a really long time to be planted out. It is only about 5 inches tall but has the most amazing perfume, I must find a spot on the alpine scree for it.
Tucked under some bushes are my blue double primroses which I can see from my kitchen window. These have increased nicely so I’m able to move them round the garden now.
In the woodland Brunnera Jack Frost is making its presence felt with its lovely tiny flowers. It shows up amongst all the bulb foliage but later will contribute to the foliage tapestry on the woodland floor when all the bulb foliage has died down.
Epimedium Amber Queen is the plant I go to each morning, it is amazing with all its tiny flowers, I think my favourite at the moment.
Tiny little Claytonia virginica is spreading generously with its tiny pink striped white flowers, it forms good ground cover in the woodland and elsewhere in the garden.
Trying to photograph Erythronium White Beauty gets more difficult every year and every year I say I must move it from underneath a rhododendron and never get round to it. I really must do it this year when it has finished flowering.
Anemone nemerosa Vestal is the last of my wood anemones to flower. This is spreading so well down what I call snowdrop hill at the end of the woodland, such a pretty dainty flower.
Anemone nemerosa Robinsoniana is also spreading nicely along the woodland floor.
Erythronium Sun Disc also on snowdrop hill, looking very pretty.
Just before I left the woodland I was looking at the area where I have always had Cyclamen repandum. They should be flowering now but there was nothing, just some very sorry looking leaves. All of a sudden I noticed this tiny cyclamen flower among lots of bulb foliage about 6 ft away from the path where it should have been!
I’ll finish with a general view of the end of the woodland.
Not a little gem, I know, but brightening up a very shady part of the woodland are lots of honesty flowers, Lunaria annua, most have come up white with just a few purple ones.
The leaves are starting to come on my ancient trees so soon the flower show in the woodland will be over for a few months until cyclamen hederifolium start in the autumn. It goes very dark in the woodland so the interest over the summer is mainly from foliage which I try to make into an interesting tapestry.
I hope you are all keeping well in these strange times, my garden has never received so much attention! I feel very isolated in my bubble, but am keeping busy and reading a lot in between all the gardening. People are very good sending emails and phoning, but I do miss chatting to people face to face, never mind, one day we will all be able to get back together again.