It is nice to have it confirmed by Chelsea that my garden is the height of fashion, in vogue at the moment, I am “nurturing my wild flowers” so my garden looks “pretty but shaggy” I think that was the phrase that Joe Swift used! Seriously though, I have enjoyed Chelsea this week, the gardens are far more natual these days with far less concrete than previous years and relate more to what we all have at home, while creating habitats for wildlife.
What a change we have had in the weather! First job each morning is watering all the pots and recently planted items seeing as nature is having a rest from that job. So many new plants are flowering, new ones every day, I just can’t keep up with it all. I did an extra post earlier in the week as I knew there were going to be far too many for this Six on Saturday. If you go to my previous post you will see the star of the week, my tiny little dwarf iris, it is a stunner! On with my six for this week………
Roses are all starting to flower, filling the garden with colour and perfume. This is Gertrude Jekyll.
Buff Beauty next to her is a very pretty rose. This bush is a cutting that I took from one in the back garden, this is now the better bush!
Mdme Alfred Carrierre on the pergola missed getting pruned and is flowering away madly, I don’t have a hope of getting up there to dead head her , someone else will have to deal with her!
White Camassias are now flowering, after all the blue ones are over. I think I’ll be moving these when they are over as they are too tall for where I wanted them.
English Iris, Iris latifolia is flowering in the driveway border.
Rhododendron luteum is flowering under the dead oak in the centre of the garden, fantastic perfume on this one.
My recently planted big pot by the front door which doesn’t get any sun at all. Who needs flowers when there is foliage like this! These will all be planted in the garden when summer is over.
I’ll finish with my “wild flowers” that are making my garden look “shaggy” Red Campion has popped up everywhere this year, with the wild flag iris in the background. The flag iris has enjoyed sitting with its roots in flood water all winter.
The side border has suddenly turned blue, there are blue flowers everywhere which belong to the Germander speedwell, I don’t know where it has come from, I’ve never seen it before, but I’m quite happy for it to be here. Must try and get some into my little meadow!
My mini meadow is coming on nicely though there are far fewer buttercups and daisies flowering this year, some of the grasses are much taller already and my pig nut is just getting ready to flower once more. We don’t just have “No Mow May”, cutting of this circular area was stopped at the beginning of April and won’t be cut again until August, we shall see what will pop up in the meantime.
I hope you will agree that I’m doing what I can for wildlife and the planet, I have bug hotels, bird boxes, doormouse boxes and various piles of rotting wood at the backs of my borders so I think the wildlife is well catered for, lots of places to set up home alongside me. Thirty three years ago there was almost nothing here, now there is lots of buzzing and fluttering, slithering and munching, I share the garden with so many other creatures!
Thanks go to Jim once more, please pop over to see him at Garden Ruminations to find out what other gardeners are up to in their gardens.