Alliums have arrived
Sorry but today the view is this:
I suppose it does coordinate with the geums? Anyway, I must just ask how on earth can it be almost the end of May? Perhaps it is because I am fast approaching old duffer status or perhaps it is just that this time of year is so busy in the garden.
Heavy rain followed by bursts of warm sunshine and everything is growing like crazy. The grass needs cutting, hedges need trimming, topiary needs clipping and the weeds need pulling out before they take over. ‘Boring’, I hear you cry, boring indeed but essential if I am to stop the garden reverting to a field.
As I walk around I feel like shouting ‘hold on’ let me just look a minute.
Everything is looking healthy, granted, but there is a lot of upheaval as Rian and his team are putting in a path and patio for me. The final section of the plan is coming together which is exciting however there is that feeling that the garden is not mine whilst sand, cement mixers and shovels dominate the space.
Yet things are happening in a pretty way too. The Alliums are coming to their end yet it seems only a few weeks ago since I placed the bulbs carefully in the soil.
Roses are beginning to open their soft delicate petals and I am looking forward to working in their midst to breathe in their wonderful perfume.
The pincushion like flowers of Astrantia are open and should be flowering now for most of the Summer.
That is it for today’s view, a blocked view thanks to the builders essential stuff. Not for long and it will be lovely to have the work completed. For a more tranquil view today take a look at the view belonging to cathy the host of this meme.
The forecast for later today is a cold wind from the North and possibly even showers of hailstones or sleet. I suspect by tomorrow the blossom will be on the ground, gone for another year. Blossom is so fleeting, perhaps that is why we all love it so.
Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’
Spring is when Euphorbias are at their best including this Euphorbia griffithii Dixter. I love the strength of colour. This was planted less 18 months ago and it is bulking up nicely.
Cathy is host of the ‘Tuesday View’ why not join us? Share your view with us linking back to Cathy. It is a really useful record of what is happening in the garden week by week.
Finally the view
The Ash tree on the right has yet to open. I should take a look at the Oak to see where they are. You know what that might mean?
“Ash before oak we’ll get a soak” but, “Oak before Ash we’ll get a splash.” There you have it, fully scientific based predictions. Right I am off to read my horoscopes next. 😉
The Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ may no longer be purple, the pale lime green of Hydrangea Limelight bleached away to a crisp brown shell, yet their beauty remains sensational.
So for my Monday vase this week my offering is rather weak, frail even. Perhaps some of the many contributors to Cathy’s meme from other parts of the world will have some rather more lively looking flowers to share. Take a look at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com
Have a good week, wherever you are.
Allium Purple Sensation, amandes ameres, Anthriscus sylvestris ravenswing, apothecary bottle, Aquilegia vulgaris, Astrantia 'Roma', Bistort officinalis, bitter almond, Geum "Mrs Bradshaw", in a vase on Monday, Meadow rue, Myrrhis odorata, Persicaria bistort, Sweet cicely, Thalictrum Elin
Oh my it is Monday and I very nearly missed joining Cathy at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com
Cathy’s meme to collect flowers from the garden to display in the house is a delight. If you feel you might like to join in then be sure to post a link to her blog with your pictures.
The dark astrantia is ‘Roma’ with ‘Black barlow’ aquilegia. There is one Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ mixed amongst Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ and Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ Ravenswing is a must have in the garden for me as its foliage is dark browny black and deeply divided with umbels of frothy cow parsley like flowers. It is beginning to seed around and I am delighted.
The other umbelifiyer I am enjoying at the moment is Myrrhis odorata or Sweet Cicely. Also resembling Cow Parsley, Cicely has fern like leaves and white flowers scented rather like aniseed.
There are pink fingers of Bisorta officinalis, rather like a persicaria and often referred to as Persicaria bisorta, this is an early flowering persicaria type in marshmallow pink. There is also a sprig of Thalictrum Elin. This is the sprig of tiny dark purple bobbles in the first picture. The bobbles will and are about to open to a colour not unlike the Purple Sensation, and have leaves like an aquilegia.
One final note the jar was for bitter almonds which I understand are the non cyanide containing almonds used for flavouring foods. That’s good then.
Have a good week.
ps. I garden on heavy clay soil which is water logged in areas over Winter ( for those who are interested in such things, like me!)
Like most of you I have been rather busy with Christmas and hope that you have all had an enjoyable few days with your nearest and dearest.
One of the lovely things about the Christmas period is the preparation and decoration. I made three wreaths, one for my boss, one for the church and one for home. All three are completely different thanks to the foliage chosen. For home I used lengths of ivy wound round and round with clusters of hawthorn berries tied with florist wire into little groups. Topped off with a red ribbon and white lights it has sat next to my door, gently twinkling. This was made with a group of friends who were making their own wreaths. Amazingly no two were even a bit alike.
For work I used a large moss covered ring, dressed with a layer of evergreen conifer, topped with varigated Euonymous, female holly Golden king, Ilex Altaclerensis and clusters of their berries.
For the church I used the glaucus blue green foliage of an unknown conifer. This was snipped from my neighbours tree, with permission, but I do not know the form. It has a strong conifer scent, is rather sticky to use and has small tight cones. Do you recognise it? Do tell me what species it is, if you know. To this I added clusters of hawthorn berries and a red bow. To help the wreath twinkle and stand out against the dark door I added some gold tinsle.
I have a vase full of silver sprayed allium heads mixed with a couple of painted white twigs to decorate the sideboard.
There is a Christmas tree with the usual lights and collection of baubles but I think it is the ones which are home made which are the ones held dear.
Best wishes to you and may your New Year 2016 be healthy and happy.
Today I have a right old mix of bits and pieces from the garden to share with you. The garden planting only began this Winter and so most are a little behind and still not blooming in the way that they one day will. That there are flowers at all to show you is very pleasing for me as I have inherited not a sausage; the garden was a paddock for the goats, and to be honest they would have eaten the sausage too.
In my vase I have orange Sparaxis, the first bloom from what I hope will be a cutting bed. There is Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ Astrantia ‘Roma’ a mix of Aquilegia brought from my last garden. There is a Purple Sensation Allium a bit of Geranium Johnsons Blue. And there are some flags thanks to the French Lavender and pale pale yellow from the Tiarella of the Liz variety, so called by me, after the kind donation of seedlings.
So that’s it folks, a sneak preview of what is happening in my garden. I hope you approve and of course, as always , now take a look at Cathy’s blog, Ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/01/06/2105/in-a-vase-on-monday/pink-and-proud-of-br />
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