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 – September 2015

GBBD is a monthly meme hosted by May Dreams Gardens and gives us a great insight into what is going on in other gardeners’ gardens around the world.  I don’t contribute regularly but always take a look over the garden fence, so to speak, to peek at what others are growing at this time of the year. Along with note books, memes are an invaluable diary to look back on.

The weather overnight has been awful with high winds and heavy rain.  I was fully expecting everything to be beaten to the ground this morning and was surprised to see that it was not the devastation I had envisaged.

I checked out my GBBD post for September 2014 and I suppose unsurprisingly the photos I have taken this morning are exactly the same as those in 2014.  From that I can see that nothing is more advanced or behind which is good to know.

Below are the flowers in my garden on 15 September 2015.

Japanese Anemones  


Penstemon ‘Garnet’ and Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ 

Rose ‘Compassion’ 




Passion Flower



The poor old cosmos seem to have taken most of the weather beating but hoepfully they will pick up soon.

Please pay a visit to May Dream Gardens and check out the lovely gardens belonging to bloggers over the world.

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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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: April 2012

Where is the  time going?  Already we are at the 15th of April and Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.   GBBD should now be getting easier each month with the garden coming to life at a rapid pace.  We have had some unseasonable warm weather, closely followed by a plummet in temperatures with ground frost over night, but it has not deterred  the plants in the garden.  The warmth of the sun has not brought forward blooms any faster than they want to at this time of the year, in fact, looking back there is nothing any more advanced in my garden than previous years.  If anything it is further behind, I wrote a post on 14 April 2011 and there are photos of greenfly on rose buds, at the moment there are no rose buds to be seen.  Conversely, the Clematis Montana has romped ahead, as you will see below.

It is surprising how easy it is to dismiss things when you are not really looking at things properly.   My initial thought,  as I went into the garden, was that my post this month should be called Garden Bloggers Almost in Bloom Day.

Here are my “Almost in Bloom” plants.

This morning I noticed that a couple of the Aquilegia are producing flowers buds, and the Rock Rose full of burgundy flower buds which will shortly become a mass of white flowers with pink centres.    The tight Allium buds are shooting up from the middle of the plant and there is one solitary tulip.  I am really dejected about their failure to flower not only by the tulips but also the daffodils.   I can’t think what went wrong this year and if anyone has any ideas please let me know : –

Having said none of the daffodils flowered, the Narcissus in the front garden more than made up for that.   When I was editing the photos for this post, I began to think how like very softly poached eggs they look.

Now for the plants that are in flower.

A number of the plants and flowers included for GBBD were also in my End of Month View for March but a lot can happen in a garden in two weeks especially when Spring has arrived.

The Elizabeth Montana Clematis,  is now in fully flower and the fragrance is just wonderful.    I am a little concerned about what to do with it as the shed is falling apart and needs to be replaced.  The plant is in an enormous pot at the side of the shed and I suspect I will have to prune it hard and move it to a new home until the shed is replaced.   Again, help and advice is needed on this please.

A few years ago there was an abundance of Forget-me-nots in the garden and,  in an attempt to reduce the spread, I pulled a lot up before they started to go to seed.  This was clearly not a very sensible idea, because for a while there were very few Forget-me-Nots, which was sad, and it is only this year they are starting to appear all over the garden again.

I love the way that the colours of flowers are synonymous with the seasons – with the vast majority of Spring flowers being shades of yellows and brilliant blues.

Whilst the Forget-me-Nots are establishing themselves again, another delicate Spring flower slowing making its mark in the garden is the tiny little violet.  I didn’t plant these so figure they have been spread on the wind or by a kindly bird.   I find then tucked away mainly in flower pots and some are at the back of the flower bed.

The Forsythia at the end of the garden is thick with flowers.  Some Forsythia shrubs I have seen have flowers evenly spread along the branches – I don’t know what variety my shrub is but this one produces masses of flowers in a very up close and personal fashion.

I love pansies, they look so happy and friendly and have several pots by the front door to welcome callers.   Nothing seems to deter them, even if we do have another really cold snap (which is predicted for next week) they will continue flowering and smiling regardless.

A couple of weeks ago I bought a tray of violas, they are still sitting on the table in the garden but this weekend I intend to find some interesting vessels to put them in – such as an old watering can or even a couple of old garden shoes.   Check out the blog in a week or two to see what I have done with them.

 Included in the End of Month View at the end of March was one of my favourite plants, the Pieris, Forest Flame.  Just two weeks ago it was in flower and now it is producing the  fabulous red leaves it is famous for.

As I come out of my kitchen door onto the side patio, the first thing in front of me is the Choisya and within the last week it is now covered in flower buds.  I gave it quite a heavy pruning recently but that seems to have encouraged it to flower all the more and when it is in full bloom it will look spectacular.

I changed the header of this blog a few weeks ago when the Anemones in the pots on the patio were in full bloom.  They were, at the time, all a fabulous blue, now some white flowers have appeared.   They really are the most delicate and beautiful flower.

I find it intriguing that one species of plant producing different colours doesn’t always flower at the same time.  A prime example are the Cleome seeds I sowed recently, the pink ones came up relatively quickly and I had almost given up on the purple Cleome until last week when they decided to make an appearance.  I suppose it is all down to varieties.

It is a great and exciting time to watch plants and shrubs coming back to life.  Although that is not solely limited to our nurtured and loved plants, it also means that weeds such as Dandelions are also making their presence known – especially in the lawn.  As I started to pull up the flowers, before they produce seedheads, it dawned on me what a pretty flower it is.   Therefore, I photographed them before de-heading and consigning them to the garden rubbish sack.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and a very big thank you to the GBBD host – Carol at May Garden Dreams.  Please take time to visit her blog and the other GBBD posts.   I also want to thank Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk, whose recent post, complete with the most beautiful photos, reminded me about the 15th.