What a wet week that was, hopefully this weekend will see the start of some better weather. The garden is under water again in places and I know from experience that it will take a few days before it all drains away. The wind or should I say gales, have brought lots of small branches and twigs down from the trees so clearing them up has taken quite some time, but in spite of all this I have managed some gardening between the downpours and hailstones. Time now for 6 things that have caught my eye during the week……
I’ll start with the unveiling of my carving in the bog garden. Having done a lot of restoration work on it last year , I wanted to protect it over the winter so it was covered with a bin bag until Easter, to keep it out of the rain and frost. It seems to have worked.
Muscari Valerie Finnis on the scree is now looking rather lovely with its pale blue flowers, she seems very well behaved and isn’t spreading very much. I see a Scilla sibirica has seeded at the lower left side, it is exactly the same colour.
Narcissus Thalia, on the rockery are doing really well, but more are needed for next year. There are spaces that need more white in the centre of the rockery and at the left hand side.
Narcissus Pipit, up by the pond, is my latest narcissus to start flowering, such a gorgeous perfume, it is worht waiting for this one to start flowering.
Primroses have taken over the border by the drive and hopped across to the other side. Violets have put themselves here to join them.
Paeony mlokosewitschii has sensibly stayed firmly closed while we had our gales, hailstones and downpours this week. hopefully when the better weather comes she will be willing to open up for any passing bee to visit.
Tulip Peppermint Stick is flowering now that the sun is out and it is warmer.
I think this is a delightful little tulip, I have it planted on the scree, the only place where I have well drained soil.
Also being so tiny and looking so delicate, I feel it would never stand up to the hurly burly of the garden, other plants would swamp it.
There we have my six for this week, better weather is on its way, it has improved a lot already! Thanks must go to Jim at Garden Ruminations for organising us, there are lots more to see if you pop over to him.
Thanks Irene, I like it too!
Drat, another Narcissus I want to add to the list – Pipit looks lovely. I’m glad you mentioned the carving – I’ve been meaning to comment on it for a while as it appears in your banner photo. It’s very striking indeed. My Peppermint Sticks have opened today.
Pipit is a lovely narcissus Graeme, such a beautiful perfume! Thank you for your lovely comments about my carving, I carved it well over 20 yrs ago so it is lasting well. I used to teach carving at night school, you can see more if you click on “carving” just under the banner photo. Peppermint Stick opened up fully in the sunshine yesterday, such a lovely tulip, enjoy yours!
I’ve just taken a look. Wow!
Thanks Graeme, my carving days are now over though since I fell in the garden on the paving and smashed 2 muscles in my carving arm! They couldn’t be mended as they said I was too old!!
I’ve never seen “Peppermint Stick” before, it’s beautiful and definitely one I’ll look out for in autumn.
Peppermint Stick is such a pretty flower Helen, hope you find it, I think I got mine from Parkers bulbs.
Peppermint Stick looks very sweet. What a lovely thing she is,
Primroses and violets make a great combination. I’m trying to encourage them to pair up here.
The violets just appeared by themselves Catharine and the primroses are increasing without any help from me, that’s the sort of gardening I like!
Your carving is just beautiful Pauline. I’ve not seen the pale blue Muscari before, very pretty. Looks like nature is doing a great job designing your drive side border lol!
Thanks Denise re the carving! Nature certainly gives a helping hand in the garden here, I just have to make sure she doesn’t take over!
I hope by this time the weather has improved and you’ve managed to clear away any damage.
Your carving is fabulous and that’s such lovely blossom floating overhead. Narcissus Thalia is a firm favourite of mine, currently missing from the borders, but just starting to open in pots.
What a pretty little tulip. I’ll have to keep a lookout for Peppermint Stick bulbs at the end of summer.
The blossom over the carving is an Amelanchier tree Catherine, this is its best year for flowering, never before has it had so many flowers! I too must buy more Thalia for the rockery, some seem to have gone missing over the years and I think I will try more Peppermint Stick tulips in pots next year.
Beautiful blooms, especially that delightful tulip!xxx
Thanks Dina, I love the little tulip, must find some other varieties to keep it company, as it does so well on the scree with added drainage!x