Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – April 2017

There is a sense of nervousness around for gardeners at the moment.  In the South East it has been very dry and my water butt, along with many others, is now empty.  Pots need watering along with perennials now appearing with vigor due to the warm sunshine.  However, there is still an outside chance of ground frost, nipping at new growth.   I am waiting for the much needed rain to fill the empty butts and watch the nightly weather forecast hoping we don’t have frost.  However, there are lots of flowers in the garden to show off on this Garden Bloggers Blooms Day. 


The daffodils and narcissi are almost over, as are the early tulips.  There is a very pretty triple headed pale yellow narcissi that has appeared in the flowerbed which doesn’t match up with any of the packet labels, so I can’t name it for you.   The fading yellow tulips above are the last remnants of  Sweetheart and Yellow King.   A late pink tulip Synaeda Amor has made an appearance which is good, because it continues colour in the border, as the early tulips drop their petals.

Some combinations of colour are more by luck and judgment.  I am really taken with the peach tulips, no name (sorry) poking through the blue forget-me-nots.   These tulips are some of the few bulbs I left in the border from spring 2016 and have come back this year, but can’t remember what they are called.

At the end of the year, I bought a few bunches of bare rooted mixed wallflowers, on sale at half price to clear.   You know the sort, very wilted looking, wrapped in newspaper and a bit smelly!   I spread them around the garden, some didn’t make it but those that did are looking good.  I especially like the pale pink one.

If there was a test on how to prune clematis I would fail miserably.  I know the rules should be easy to follow but there are some things I can’t get to grips with.  In 2015 I over/incorrectly pruned the Montana ‘Elizabeth’ and had a dismal display of flowers in 2016, so I left it alone and this year, thank goodness, it is an abundance of flowers.  It does make getting into the shed a little tricky at the moment.

In past posts I incorrectly named this Clematis calling it ‘Josephine’ which if anyone knows their Clematis would know wasn’t right.  I know it’s not ‘Josephine’ so have no excuse to get it wrong.  It is in fact Montana ‘Mayleen’.  I have entwined it around the Sambucus Nigra (Elder), which is throwing up new shoots like there is no tomorrow.  

The Honesty (Lunaria) grown from seed last year have surprisingly produced both white and purple plants, although they came from the same seed packet.  They are in different parts of the garden, and the purple variety looks good in front of the Euphorbia. 

At the back of the spring flower bed, the lime green Euphorbia is giving a splendid backdrop to the tulips, and as I said above, the purple Honesty.  It’s looking a little unruly so may be the next thing on my list to give a bit of a tidy up.

The Choysia on the side patio is in flower and a lovely sight from the kitchen door.  I chop it back regularly to keep it tidy and in retaliation it continues to grow and if left to its own devises would take over the side flower bed. 

Even one of the best plants this time of year can disappoint, the Euphorbia ‘Fireglow’  in past years has always been so good, but this year it hasn’t spread its shoots about and there are only two or three stems.  The flower is not as vivid either. 

Another shrub I didn’t prune last year was the Flowering Currant Ribes.  It is a mass of pink flowers which the bees are loving.

The Bay Tree (Laurus) has lots of little greenish-yellow flowers.  This poor tree is usually ignored by me, but I have moved it to the edge of the back patio and another job for me is to repot it.  This is going to be quite some job, I have read it should be done every two years, and this tree has been in its same pot for over ten! 

I have always wanted a Tree Peony and last month I bought a spindly plant from a garden centre, deliberately choosing a pink flower and the only one that had a bud on it.   After deliberation as to whether it should live in a pot, or go in the flowerbed, I chose the later and this week it delivered the most enormous, beautiful pink flower. 

Under the spring bulbs, I planted a number of violas – the vivid colours are quite breathtaking.  I love these little plants, they have such smiley happy faces.

I have bombarded Twitter and Instagram with photos of my most favourite tulip and make no apology for including  Tulip ‘Bastia’ in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.   It may not to be everyone’s taste, but this double fringed tulip will appear in my garden again next year.

Thank you Carolyn at May Dreams Garden for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day monthly on the 15th.   Jump over to her blog and take a look at all the other blooms in contributors garcens from around the world. 

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – March 2017

Oh what a delight it is seeing colour in the garden and to be able to take lots of photos for GBBD this 15th March 2017.

We are experiencing a few mild days here on the Sussex south coast,  which is warming up the garden and bringing everything into life.  However, while writing this there is a news report on the TV about snow blizzards and icy winds on the East Coast of the USA, and I do hope it doesn’t come our way.  I am all too aware of snow in April, but there is always hope that it won’t happen.

I am really happy with the variety of daffodils and narcissus in the garden, and there are many more waiting to burst into flower, so plenty opportunities to take more photos.  It really is adding brightness around the back garden,albeit hosting minute slugs which are nibbling away at the petals.

Rather than write any more for you to read,  I am just going to post photos instead in colour sections to enjoy.














PIERIS ‘Forest Flame’


I have a ‘wild’ bit at the end of the garden, which is quite overgrown with ivy and a pile of wood that I leave as a bug hotel.   In amongst all of this there arie some proper primroses, which along with daffodils, I see as a true harbinger of spring.

On the 15th of each month Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts this meme.  Please hop over there and take a look at all the contributions to Carol’s GBBD as well as looking at her lovely garden.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 15 Feb 2015

Two happy things today. The first is that there really are blooms in the garden and second, it is a beautifully sunny day here on the South coast of England. This makes writing a post for Garden Bloggers Bloom day a bit of a treat; I haven’t contributed to this monthly meme hosted by Carol of May Dreams Garden blog for a while.

I had to take my iPad out to take photographs because my laptop has died making my camera pointless as I won’t be able to transfer photos using a memory card. Also I am writing this post on the iPad and anyone trying to write using the WordPress app will know how frustrating it can be.   The iPad actually takes some excellent quality photos so not being able to use my big camera is ok.

Anyway, here goes!

Always lovely to see this time of the year. A bog standard variety and I always promise myself to buy new ones but never get around to it.



Like the hellebores, these are a common garden variety but come up every year and are pretty.


There are only a few, the others are still to flower but there is plenty of time.


Pieris ‘Forest Flame
A shrub that is guaranteed to have something worth photographing at anytime of the year.

Iris ‘Gordon
Regular readers will probably be fed up with seeing these by now. This early pot is almost over now, but there are some in the other pots that are just about to come out, so more to photograph.

Can I get away with dried flowers? I think so!

Japanese Amenome
Last month I showed my Japanese Anemone which was flowering. Lo and behold it is still flowering, despite the snow and ice. Poor confused little plant.

Alright, I know that strictly speaking berries are not blooms but they are colourful and nice to include. I get confused with Skimmia, There is a large shrub in the front garden covered in red berries all year round, and in the summer it also produces tiny white flowers. In the back garden I have one that produces clusters of tiny dark berries in the winter. Both, apparently, are Skimmia Japonica. I read the first one is a female plant and the second one is a male. Can anyone shed any further light?


Narcissi ‘Paperwhite’
My final photo for this GBBD post is a pot of narcissi bulbs that I forgot I had and despite having no soil and being left outside, I unearthed them today and they are in flower. You can’t get the better of nature can you!


Please pay a visit to May Dreams Garden and take a look at what is in bloom in bloggers gardens around the world.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2014

I haven’t contributed to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (15th) for some time now. To be honest I had forgotten all about it until I saw a couple of blog posts for GBBD on my Reader list. So spurred into action it’s time I did one for September.

The battery on my camera needs recharging so I took my iPad out into the garden to take pics of the remaining flowers in the garden. I still haven’t quite got to grips with WordPress in the iPad but here goes!

It is very dry at the moment, we have not had any rain for well over a week and the temperature has risen again, following a chilly August. Most of what flowers are left are looking a bit raggy but there are still enough to pick to make pretty posies.

The side patio is looking particularly good, especially the Passion Flower which is covered in more blooms now than there have been all summer.

The Fuchsia has struggled but is holding its own and will continue to flower for a good few months. You may notice some of the leaves have yellowed and look like the black spot you get on roses.

Next to them in the side border are the Japanese Anemones, not as many as in past years because I pulled a lot up but still enough to make a good display.


The Choysia is flowering again!

I know this is supposed to be about blooms but the front garden is looking colourful with wonderful red berries on the Skimmia. This large shrub usually has white blossom during the summer but seems to have continued to produce berries instead of flowers, not sure why.


The Cotoneaster which grows on the wall between me and next door is covered in berries also.

Going into the back garden again, the Sedum is taking on beautiful rosy hues.

The Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is on its second flush. I gave it a haircut some weeks ago which it seems to have benefitted from.

Behind the Salvia is the Penstemon.

I have a couple of yellow Dahlia plants that come up every year. I don’t dig up the tubers and they don’t seem to suffer from being left in the ground all winter.

The Cosmos continues to produce flowers although the stems have collapsed into the Dahlia bushes.

Tucked into the edge of the raised bed, it found some nasturtiums clambering through the Euphorbia. They come back every year but are looking slightly sorry for themselves this year.

Finally, although most of the flowers in the raised bed are finished, the Calendulas continue to flower, but looking at this photo I can see there is some serious deadheading to be done!

Thank you May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme.

Please hop over to her blog by clicking here and take a look at all the other September blooms.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – March 2014

This morning a number of blogs I follow pinged into my inbox to remind me that today, the 15th of the month, is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  I love this meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams  Gardens, it especially gives me a sense of happiness this time of the year with the realisation that life goes on and soon the garden will be full of colour.   There is also a sense of sadness when you notice that a much loved plant has not reappeared.  When reading Helen’s (Patient Gardener) GBBD post and saw her Pulmonaria, it suddenly occurred to me that I had not seen mine this year and when I went for another look there is no sign.  A trip to the Garden Centre shortly to replace it will be on the cards.

Most of my daffodils are still waiting to bloom, but the ones in the front garden have been out for several weeks now, providing a cheerful welcome as I walk up the garden path.


The other provider of colour in the front is my wonderful Skimmia “Foremanii” shrub, which has red berries on it all year round and at this time of the year it is also covered in pretty white flowers.


Moving to the back garden, the Pieris “Forest Flame” is now adorned with beautiful urn shaped creamy flowers.  This shrub is looking so pretty at the moment I have posted two photos.  Disappointingly, none of the daffodils are out yet in the side border, so the Pieris are the only flowers that are signalling Spring in this part of the garden.



The back garden, again is slow to show colour.   The Forsythia has lots of tiny yellow buds, so it will be another week or two before it looks splendent.  I did, however, find a few flowers for the March GBBD.


What is looking absolutely glorious is the Ribes (Flowering Currant).  I usually prune it after it has flowered but last year I didn’t, so it is rather a large shrub at the moment but it does mean it’s dripping in lovely pink flowers.  Again, two photos for this plant.  The only thing I have against Ribes is its smell!  To me it reminds of me cats, but whatever it reminds you of it is certainly pungent.

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The Euphorbia has done something strange this year and is only flowering on half the bush, the other half is looking as though it is dying so I will have to keep an eye on it.   However, it has spread into another part of the garden so all is not lost.



Scattered around the flowerbeds are lots of Primula, the purple ones seem ok, but the pale white variety are being eaten to pieces.  There are also lots of Forget-me-nots which are just flowering now,  I look forward to seeing a sea of blue and pink flowers when they are in full bloom.


From now on the GBBD posts moving through the Spring and Summer months will be full of beautiful colour and joy.   Meanwhile, hop over to Carol’s blog and take a look at the other Garden Bloggers Bloom Day entries – they are from all over the world and it is always interesting to see what is flowering at this time of year in other countries.

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – September 2013

The days are getting chilly now and the nights even colder, autumn is around the corner and the blooms in the garden are on the wane.  They are slowly being replaced by seed heads which deserve a blog post all to themselves.

Today, 15th of the month, is Garden  Bloggers Bloom Day, a meme that will push us garden bloggers in the Northern Hemisphere to find blooms in our gardens and delight garden bloggers in the Southern Hemisphere where their gardens are slowly coming to life.

September is the month for spiders webs in the garden and I had to fight my way through the tangled mass stretching across the garden and from plant to plant.

The Cosmos are still flowering away, although the white ones seem to be dwindling faster than the other coloured varieties which are pale lilac and a stronger purple.


After what appeared to be a long break between flowering and producing a second flush the roses are looking good although they do not appear to look as sharp and tidy as the June/July flush.   This time they are a little ragged but still just as beautiful.   The pale peachy/pink Compassion, as usual, is beautiful as is the mottled yellow and deep pink of what I believe to be a Peace rose, despite its label calling it a Silver Jubilee – this has been discussed in earlier blog posts.

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True to form in other years, September brings out the white Anemones on the side patio which are looking fabulous.  Growing to a height of about 5ft they never fail me.   Strangely, along with some other plants that have not appeared this year, such as a very pretty pink Aster, the pink Anemones at the bottom of the garden have disappeared which is quite sad.

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Next to the Anemones, the Mrs Popple Fuchsia is still an abundance of blooms and providing colour and contrast.  This is a large hardy bush that I inherited when I moved here almost 13 years ago and is still going strong.


A lot of plants are looking tatty and in their last throes, such as the Summer Cocktail Echinacea.  This is a new plant bought a few months ago from Crocus and has not flowered too well so I am expecting great things from it next year having had time to establish itself.


In contrast to the Echinacea, the Sedum is coming into its own now, slowly turning from a very pale pink to a deep rosy colour. This plant is guaranteed to provide colour in the garden throughout the autumn and into the winter months when it becomes a striking burgundy.


I have one plant in a large pot that I don’t think I have included in any previous posts, mainly because the flowers have disappointed me but this month the Abutilon has started to produce some very healthy looking blooms.


The Dahlias are still producing blooms and I wish I could remember the name of this variety which has enormous flower heads measuring between 15 – 18 cms in diameter.


I was pleased to see the reappearance of  Verbena Bonariensis this year, albeit it sparse.  In past years it has failed to come back at all so I must not complain.    However, I would like to see swathes of this purple plant weaving its way through the flower bed, so maybe next year I’ll have better luck.


I suspect I am really going to struggle over the next few months to find anything for GBBD but we shall have to see.

Thank you Carol at May Dreams Gardens  for hosting this monthly meme.  Please pop over to her blog and take a look at what is flowering in other garden blogger gardens at this time of the year.

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