The bog garden, which is formed by an underground stream, certainly comes into it’s own at the beginning of June when flowers start bursting out along the length of the border. There are all the colours of the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, just not necessarily in that order, plus pink and white! The plants are mainly various varieties of candelabra primulas, plus a few other varieties, with iris, ferns, hostas, astilbes, euphorbia, rodgersia & meconopsis to keep them company. The first photo shows the left hand end of the border.
The right hand end of the border also has a log circle path through to the back garden, just behind Hosta Halcyon. There is also space at the back behind euphorbia palustris ( the green in the rainbow) for a path to make the weeding easier.
The first candelabra primula to flower is always this lovely white one, Postford White. I have grown quite a number of seedlings from this one and they are now at the back of the border in amongst the meconopsis.
Next to flower is the scarlet Primula Inverewe, such a lovely plant.
I’m so pleased with Primula Inverewe, it is increasing nicely. Having seen it in lots of gardens when we had a holiday in Scotland 2 yrs ago and tried to buy it while we were there, but no luck, not even at the garden Inverewe! After a while I found a nursery on Dartmoor who sold it and it seems very happy with us now.
I like this one very much, Primula aurantiaca, it is such a lovely colour, not yellow, not orange and so many flowers crammed on each whorl of flowers.
At the very left hand side is Primula japonica Apple Blossom which really shouldn’t be by the red of Inverewe. When it has finished flowering I will move it to where there is a space at the other end. The white near the top is Zantedeschia Aethiopica which is new this year so only small at the moment.
Primula japonica Apple Blossom is such a pretty flower, white with a pink eye.
Quite a few plants are now flowering in various shades of mauve & lilac, these are Primula beesiana, I think.
I think this yellow one is Primula bulleyana, I admit, I’m getting confused with my beesiana, bulleesiana, and bulleyana. The Bulley family owned Bees Seeds, and many years ago when I lived in the north west of England and worked in a bank, sometimes when sorting all their cheques, never did I think 50 yrs later that their plants would cause me so much confusion!
As this magenta one doesn’t have a yellow eye, I think maybe, it might be P. japonica Miller’s Crimson? If it is, I don’t remember buying it! The hosta behind was new last year and is Strip Tease, I like the markings on the leaves.
A little white Primula alpicola is at the front of the border, I have planted lots of seedlings of this one too. It has the most beautiful delicate perfume, but being so small, you only appreciate it when down on your knees doing the weeding!
Some Primula bulleesiana towards the right hand end of the border, these only have a yellow eye, no red.
The meconopsis are at the right hand end, this is one of last years seedlings, most of them didn’t flower this year, I’m hoping they are gathering their strength for next year. The ones that did flower are a couple of years old now.
The wild flag iris, Iris pseudacorus, has put itself here, there was a large clump here but I think the fern Matteucia struthiopteris, is gradually pushing it out.
From the path at the back of the border, in the foreground are Iris pseudocorus variegata and a Rheum palmatum which isn’t looking very happy, I wonder why?
At the very left hand end of the bog garden is Iris sibirica Butter and Sugar, they look almost white here but there is quite a bit of yellow too.
I’m looking here at the little primula at the front, this is right at the edge, almost in the grass. This wasn’t planted by me, but looking at the two behind, I think it could be a cross between them!
Another seedling that has popped up almost in the grass, is at the other end of the border, between P. Inverewe and P.aurantiaca. This can’t be a cross between them because Inverewe didn’t flower last year, so goodness knows where it came from!
There are quite a few more primulas to flower. Primula florindae, is yellow, I have planted lots of seedlings further back in the border and Primula florindae Coppertones whose seedlings are just about ready to be planted out now. Its all go, shuffling seed trays and trying to clear the greenhouse, I shouldn’t need to sow any more primula seed for a while. By next year, hopefully, there should be drifts of all the colours, no matter what their names are, a real rainbow!