I am feeling that spring is passing by far too quickly as lots of the early flowers are finished. Now the first of the Astrantia and Geum Totally Tangerine have appeared.
There are Persicaria affinis and bisorta. I love the little sprays of Trillium and the umbellifers Anthriscus Ravenswing and Sweet Cicely.
The latest addition is the pale yellow flower Trollius Cheddar a favourite of mine from Chelsea last year. Sorry but the colours in the pictures are not quite right as they are under electric light.
If you haven’t done so already please pop over to Cathy to see the vases today.
The crinkle espresso cup/ vase is handmade by Stevenjameswill I have placed a small frog in the base to hold the tiny stems in place.
To these I added Verbena bonariensis, astrantias and persicaria. I do not expect them to last long but today they are brightening my kitchen window while I wash up.
Pop over to Cathy s blog to see some lovely vases today.
At work today these are the sweet peas I have grown for Ali.
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.
This time of year the garden is galloping along, yes galloping. I took a couple of days away last week to see the Flower Show and then a couple of days in Bath to visit family and walking around the garden today so much has happened. Alchemilla mollis has begun to open its frothy lime flowers, edging the driveway they will soften the hard lines and give me arms full of flowers to add to roses once they begin to open. (The roses are in bud and beginning to open but I am saving them for June.)
The other froth is from the Anthriscus Ravenswing and Sweet Cicely. Ravenswing has deeply divided leaves in a dark, or raven colour whilst its soft flowers are white tinged very slightly with a hint of raven; possibly this could make a good name for those rather wonderful colours made by Farrow and Ball. Sweet Cicely also offers a froth of flowers above deeply divided leaves but these are a purer white with green leaves.
Last time I looked, the Astrantias were forming mounds of green foliage, now they are full of pin cushion flowers which will bloom all Summer long. I have picked Roma and Shaggy for this posy.
I have some daisy looking chrysanthemums and strawberry flowers which are actually a perennial called ho hum, I cannot remember. Must be that Bank Holiday brain. Anyway it likes heavier soil, flowers from late Spring to early Summer before disappearing. It is fresh as a daisy and I do like its tiny flowers.
When I recall the name I shall update this post. In the meantime I need to wish you all a good day and encourage you to take a look at other vases hosted by Cathy. Do take a look.
Monday is the day to pick some flowers from your garden to share with other like minded folk. Hosted by Cathy at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com her meme will see some wonderful vases full now the garden is full of flowers.
The first of my roses have appeared: Gertrude jekyll is a David Austin Rose which has the benefit of a strong rose scent and it is a rose which should flower from now until about October.
To this I have added the pink astrantia, Astrantia ‘Roma’ and pink persicaria Bisort. There is the first of the pincushions of Knautia Macedonia and a sprig of the rather vaguely blue Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’. The froth of puple is Thalictrum Erin again, this time with its flowers open.
The garden is growing a pace, rapidly getting away from me. Better get back out there. Thanks for looking.
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!)
Overnight the weather slipped from Summer into Autumn. Gentle rain, what as children we were told is a “soft day”. So with the soft light in mind I have picked a haze of purple.
The purples centre around the froth of a forgotten named Aster, to this I have picked, for the first time Eupatorium. These were planted in the Spring this year and they are growing well, reaching up to about hip height. I hope next year they continue growing upwards to nearer 2 meters. The dark tight buds open to a lighter shade of claret.
Astrantia Roma is included, still flowering it’s little cushions off. Then finally I have added two tiny very precious blooms from my latest fave: Seseli montanum. You have to look closely to see the tiny clustered bloom.
I hope you are having a good Monday and will take the time to join Cathy to see some of the other Monday vases.
These were all planted this year and I am very pleased with progress. The astrantias were slow to pull away but once they did they have more than tripled their size. Such a charming cushion of a bloom, perfect for a vase and an essential for a garden border to my mind.
Added to this little group is Percy. This Percy is Firetail, Persicaria amplexus Firetail and Verbena bonariensis. I am happy with this little group and hope you like them too. Have a great week and be sure to check out the Monday vases with Cathy at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2015/
Allium Nectaroscordum bulgarium, Angelica archangelica, Artisan Garden, Astrantia 'Roma', Charlotte Rowe, Chelsea flower show 2014, Chelsea Lighting Design, Clematis 'Westerplatte', Cleve West, Contemporary Paradise Garden, del Buono Gazerwitz, Drointon Nurseries Ltd, Iris Sibirica, Jekka mcVicar, Kazuyuki Design, Knoll, Luciano Giubbillei, M&G, No Man's Garden, Olivia Kirk, Stipa gigantea, Telegraph Garden, Tiliax europea 'Pallida', Wellchild garden
Tuesday afternoon I got the chance to visit the Flower Show with my friend Rosie. We had tickets for the late 3.30pm slot and edged our way through the crowds to see the gardens. This is the gardening show for me, I love the London location, the sight of those super smart, scarlet clad Chelsea pensioners, the floral window displays of the shops on the Kings Road. Even the Estate agents get in the spirit, filling their (colourful) boots with……
flowers. The morning ticket visitors throng the pavements clutching their wierd and wonderful purchases, threatening to take out passers-by not paying enough attention to the protruding items. The secret whispers of the ticket touts lining the route add to the excitement as you approach the gates.
Once through the gates, we made our way along the avenue towards the Show gardens. 2014 has seen the introduction of some young new designers so I was hoping for some new interesting ideas. There seemed to be more colour in general this year and a much more naturalistic, fluffy loose style of planting. Nothing new in that perhaps but certainly a different style overall for Chelsea. In previous years there has been Purple Sensation Alliums and Bearded Iris everywhere; this year however I either failed to notice them or perhaps there were just less of the beardy types. There were lots of the rather elegant Iris sibirica in many of the gardens, including at the ‘No Man’s Land’ Garden by Charlotte Rowe.
There were Allium Nectaroscordum bulgarium as seen in the opening image which I love. There was also an abundance of Anthriscus sylvestris ‘ Ravenswing’ with Astrantia, in this case Astrantia major ‘Roma’.
The Cottage garden staple Aquilegia vulgaris in dark bruised colours such as Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Ruby Port’ popped up in a number of gardens, almost as if they had self seeded themselves around the Show.
There were lots of grasses, including the fabulous Stipa gigantea but seemingly less of the designer favourite Stipa tenumissima, instead there seemed to be regular use of Briza media.
Another Cottage garden staple, the Lupin, was used by many of the designers including the Best in Show garden. I have always thought them to be rather old fashioned and perhaps even a little brash, tending to associate them with the bright colours displayed in the floral pavilion. This is Lupinus ‘Chandelier’ (Band of Nobles Series) mixed with Lupinus ‘Cashmere Cream’ as used by designer Luciano Giubbilei for his Best in Show Laurent-Perrier garden. Anything but brash, the planting of this garden looked effortless, relaxed and very beautiful and it contrasted and complimented the hard landscaping which was a mix of limestone and some of the smartest vertical concrete I have ever seen.
The Telegraph Garden was for me a very corporate looking garden, suited perhaps to a boutique hotel, created by design partnership del Buono Gazerwitz. Unusually the design included a large lawn area, seemingly pinned in to place by huge cushion shape Box mounds. The favourite part of the garden for me was an area of seating in the form of white metal 50s styled table and chairs by Knoll, under an area of ten clipped Lime trees, Tilia x europea ‘Pallida’. I could imagine this area in Italy, on a hot Summer’s afternoon, chilled glass of something waiting…..
I thought that the Show seemed less frantic and slightly less congested this year, able to get close to the Show Gardens without waiting too long, if at all in some places. The gardens were all wonderful and there were lots of lovely ideas: How about growing your Clematis as a trailer out of a pot for a change?
This was in the M&G garden designed by Cleve West and the Clematis is Clematis ‘Westerplatte’.
Elsewhere there were some rather neat lights spotted amongst the foliage which I thought would suit a Town or country setting:These were spotted in The Wellchild Garden designed by Olivia Kirk and the bronze lights are by Chelsea Lighting Design.
Jekka mcVicar had a beautiful stand displaying a snapshot of her organic herbs. The stand has packets and packets of different seeds to buy as well as some rather attractive art, pictures of herbs, of course. Look at the magnificant flower head of Angelica archangelica, how on earth did they manage to transport that in one piece?
The Great Pavilion was a feast for the eyes and I was drawn this year to the Hostas and Auriculas. Drointon Nurseries Ltd got Gold for their beautiful display of Auricula and the owners, Robin and Annabel Graham were charming, happy to converse with us while the camera crews blocked their stand pending an article with Joe Swift. So taken with them and their display we returned later to each purchase a set of plug plants to take home.
The best Artisan garden was by Kazuyuki Design. The design was said to be created “to take the memory of the scenery away with you, to recall and be comforted by, when feeling troubled”. Well I am pleased to say that I am not feeling troubled however I do take pleasure in the memory of Chelsea 2014. I will share my shot of the beautiful trees in the Kazuyuki’s garden. How extraordinary to think that they will be ripped up and taken away in a few days time.
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