At the risk of sounding very boring, we have had another week of non stop rain, parts of the garden have been under water for months now and are looking rather sorry for themselves, other parts are relishing it all and performing beautifully. I am still able to go for my daily wander in the back garden, the woodland and round the rockery and am still finding something new flowering nearly every day. To start this weeks six though, I’m showing my little tulip from last week which hadn’t opened and some of you asked what the inside was like……
Last week it was like a balloon, now it is well and truly open, showing the blue on the inside. I think this is Tulip Little Beauty.
Prunus Kojo no mai is now in full flower on the rockery. This is a sucker that came from a root left behind when the original got too large and had to be removed. It will be kept to more or less this size from now on.
The flowers are so delicate, hanging there like little bells, such a beautiful shrub.
While in the woodland I noticed that the Acers are starting to come back to life. This is Acer Sango Kaku, the first to get its leaves and flowers here. As well as the lovely coloured young bark, the tiny flowers are such a beautiful red colour.
Still in the woodland is Cyclamen repandum by the path near the entrance. More flowers this year, but it isn’t increasing like the other cyclamen varieties. I will have to sow some seed myself as the ants are obviously not doing it for me!
Also on the woodland floor is a little drift of wood anemones, Anemone nemorosa. They seem to like the same conditions as the snakeshead fritillaries.
Looking a bit bedraggled on the scree is my Pulsatilla vulgaris, this has lots more flowers on it than usual, hopefully from being baked last year.
This is just a preview for midweek next week. It is Snakeshead fritillary time again and they deserve a post to themselves! At the moment that end of the woodland is under water but they seem to be really enjoying it. I now have more popping up in various other parts of the woodland and even in the back border in the garden, not planted there by me! I think rusty pheasant is doing his work protecting my flowers, although one day this week I did see a rabbit going hoppity hop over the little bridge and then found a couple of flowers lying on the path!
That is my offering for this week, I think we might have a few dry days next week, I do hope so, I need to be out there tidying without churning up the lawn.Thanks again to our organiser Jim at Garden Ruminations making this possible, who knows what you will see in other gardens around the world if you pay him a visit.