Looking back to the post reviewing March, where I was describing the work being done making a rainbow in the bog garden, click here, I thought I had better tell you how the planting was getting on in this review of June. This is how the border looked in March.
This is how it looks now from the right hand end, plants have grown so much with all the rain that we have been having over the past month and all the primulas that I planted in March have grown really well and are now flowering, more than I deserved really when I think how neglected they were during the winter.
Euphorbia palustris was moved and split into two, it seems very happy indeed in its new home behind the carving.
The first primula to flower in this border after March is Guinivere, a lovely pale pink with deep burgundy leaves, really delightful plant.
Next to flower is Primula japonica Postford White, this has now grown into a lovely sized plant, almost finished flowering now just as some of the others are getting going.
P.alpicola violacea is one that came back from Scotland with me and has grown much taller than I expected, gorgeous perfume to this one.
These candelabra primulas have flowered in three shades of mauve, are these beesiana? which look rather nice together, however as this is supposed to be a rainbow, why are they in the orange section!? More moving to do!
Primula pulverulenta will have to be moved too, it has come in the yellow section. This one is a really bright magenta with a dark centre.
Primula alpicola alba, like its cousin violacea, has the sweetest scent. But tell me, where does one plant white in a rainbow!
Another mauve candelabra, this time at the correct end of the rainbow, but it has the wrong coloured companions!
This one is in the wrong place, but it does look nice with its mauve companion, what do I do?
A peach coloured candelabra has joined in with the others, I think together they look lovely.
Please tell me what you think, do I move them or can I call it a rainbow border with the colours all jumbled up!?
This lovely primula has buds which are red, then they open up orange. Primula aurantiaca is quite small compared to the others, or mine is anyway.
I first met this one when we were staying at the Aigas Field Centre in Scotland last year. It was in the garden of Aigas and Lady Lister-Kaye couldn’t remember its name but after trawling the internet I found this one, Primula florindae Copper Tones, at Peninsula Nurseries in Ireland, which I think is similar if not the same. Lovely flower, copper coloured outside but cream inside.
The shape of Primula sikkimensis looks so like alpicola, I wonder if they are closely related, they both have their flowers clustered at the top of the stem.
Inverewe, the only ones not flowering this year. These were bought from a nursery on Dartmoor last year and they have grown quite a lot, so hopefully they will be making lots of roots to form super plants that will flower next year. When they do flower they will be a reddish orange. Hope they like paddling!
Day lilies to be moved, they certainly don’t need special boggy soil. I can either move them elsewhere or pot them up for selling at next year’s plant sale at church. There are 2 large clumps so when moved that will leave a lot more room for loads more primulas!
Space needed for these, lots more primulas grown from last years seed!!
Astilbes will be the next group of flowers to open, they are almost there now, not long to wait.
Rodgersia pinnata Superba now has green leaves, changed from bronze just a week ago, and is joining in with the primula flowers.
The water forget me not, myosotis scorpiodes, agrees that this border has plenty of water in it and seems very happy.
The plus side to all the rain that we have been having is that the primulas are all really happy and the leaves of the foliage plants are much larger than normal, some look quite amazing. But hang on, what’s this, not rain but sunshine, unfortunately it didn’t last long!!
My intention when I first started planting these primulas and other plants was to have my rainbow all neatly coloured, section by section. However, seeing what nature has done, I started thinking that maybe I could have my border all the colours of the rainbow, but not in any certain order, maybe they could be like the deliberate mistake in a Persian carpet, what do you think?