Friday Flowers

The garden is certainly taking on its summer mantle of colours. As we are nearing the end of the month and the End of Month View blog post for June, today I am just going to share a few of the very pretty flowers in the garden.

Triteleia Laxa : this is a summer flowering bulb. I forget that I have this in a large pot on the patio and am always surprised, not to mention delighted, when the bright blue flowers shout “hello, we are here again!”.

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Astrantia ‘Buckland’ : I bought this plant several years ago from a private garden that had opened to the public on an Open Gardens weekend in Henfield West Sussex.  It brings back happy memories of a very hot day. I am assuming it is a Buckland but I am sure if I am wrong someone will correct me.

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Penstemon ‘Garnet’: this has now survived two winters. I also had an ‘Apple Blossom’ but sadly it died last winter maybe it was too wet for it. Another plant that is slug proof.

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Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ : I thought I had lost this but clearly I was wrong. It would seem this is the only salvia in my garden that the slugs and snails leave alone. It looks good with the Penstemon behind it.

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Please come back very soon because next Monday will be the EOMV post and you will see the garden in its full glory! By that time the Agapanthus will be out properly as will the Passion Flowers. The roses are looking good too…here is a small taster.

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Friday Flowers : 21 March 2014

The Forsythia at the bottom of the garden is coming into bloom and taking on a cheerful Spring-like yellow hue.    It is just right to add to a vase with daffodils and narcissus.   The tiny Tete-a-Tete daffodils are over now but the double Narcissus “Abba”, which I think look like poached eggs, have beaten the snails ( a few are eaten) and smell absolutely wonderful.

I bought a “variety” bag of daffodil bulbs to plant for this Spring,  so I have no idea what the ones that have come up are called but they are looking very pretty and provided a great selection of daffs.  There is a small delicate one with yellow outer petals and an orange trumpet which I was hesitant to cut but decided to add it to the spring floral display.   I always have this dilemma, to cut or not to cut, whilst it’s great to see the yellow happy daffodils nodding their heads in the flower beds, it is also nice to have them indoors where I can see them.

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As I type this, listening to Gardeners Question Time on the radio, the sun is streaming into the lounge and the warmth is bringing out the heady perfume of the Narcissus “Abba” – it is glorious!

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As soon as I have posted this I am off out into the garden again, there is a lot to do.  Very cold nights are forecast so  I am going to cover newly burgeoning plants with cloches.   The warmth of the sun brought everything on and it would be awful to lose them  now.

Happy Flower Friday!

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