Chloris invites us to share our top ten blooms with her on the 23rd of each month. Although today is the 27th I want to share my top ten with her and you as I know she won’t mind too much that I am a couple of days late. So here they are in all their blooming glory:
Prunus Nipponica Ruby. This is a new tree in my garden a dwarf form and I am delighted by its blossom.
Philadelphus aurea This mock orange was included in my garden as I love this foliage. A fresh bright lime which stands out amongst all other green leafed shrubs. Not yet fully grown the leaves are opening swiftly now.
Bulbs are in full show right now well apart from the tulips who are coming slowlyTulip Ballerina I think.
This is the crazy and eccentric Allium schubertii . Just appearing.
Blue and white Hyacinths are filling the air with their heady aroma. I have these in raised beds to avoid my very heavy clay.
The marmite of bulbs? Perhaps. Grape hyacinth growing happily under the Hornbeam hedge.
Then there is this:
A single blue beauty. I do not what it is Chloris. It piggy backed from a garden who gave me a couple of Hellebores. I hope it stays and makes a few friends.
This may look a bit like Aquilegia but it is Thalictrum Elin. I adore Thalictrum and this one will be around 1.2m tall by Summer.
As Cow parsley pulls away so too is this dark leaf version, Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing.
Euphorbia amygdaloides purpurea
There you have it, my ten for March. Not bad for starters? Thanks for reading. D.
Good evening, I hope you had a good start to your week. It has been a bright, clear day here with a little warmth in a sheltered spot, most welcome.
I wanted to share some of the many blue flowers about at the moment: Pulmonaria at the front, not really blue at all, they are more pink and mauve but they have a blue tone to them and so I am including them.
Grape hyacinth, which some of you love to hate, I have no such strong feelings about them but just like to see their blue colour under the hedge.
Cerinthe major purpurascens are self sown. It does seem early for them to be sharing their glaucus blue foliage and dark purple flowers but I am not complaining.
I planted a dozen Hyacinth in my raised beds this autumn and this colour is sumptuous.
In the bottle marked ‘California fig syrup’ given to me by sister Dorris, is a tiny sprig of the brightest little blue flowers of Brunnera macrophylla Dawson’s White
Cathy will be hosting our flowers gathered into vases, you should take a look and perhaps join us, it is lovely to have garden flowers at close quarters.
Right time to go and prepare supper, have a good evening wherever you are. D.
Hello. I am joining The Propagator with a Six on Saturday. Galloping? As the days lengthen and the sun warms a little, growth in the garden is changing almost as we look and the time to get all the jobs done is well , galloping by.
Prunus Nipponica Ruby. On Monday only one or two of the flower blossoms were open and I included a piece of it in my vase IAVOM. Now just five days later the blossoms are nearly all open.
Cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris. Last week there was only a peek of it on the ground now it is ankle deep at the bottom of my garden under the big three Horse chestnut trees.
Spurge Euphorbia amygdaloides. I love the lime colour against the willow fencing. This is a must have plant for rough ground under trees.
Narcissus Tête-à-tête. Still flowering these are quite early to show their faces. Tiny but bright and a sign of spring if ever there was one.
Sambucus niger from darkest black buds to delicious rich leaves, these are opening out now and I shall look forward to the lace effect of those leaves soon.
Finally muscari, Grape Hyacinth. These are a great shot of blue growing happily under the Hormbeam hedge.
Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are. Thanks for reading. D.
Thank goodness the wind has finally dropped and we can hear ourselves think once more. Outside these poor things have been battered by the wind.
This is the classy Clematis armandii, one stem, three lovely fresh flowers, seemingly unharmed. Behind it is a tiny twig of blossom in the softest pink Dwarf Prunus Nipponica ‘Ruby’.
Next I have taken a few heads from my Hellebores. These have remained largely in tact but one or two longer stems have nose dived and hit the dirt.
The wide awake amongst you may notice that viburnum bodnantense Dawn flowers and a viola are in this picture. Too pretty to not include in this little mix. I shall float these on water to enjoy them on my desk for a few days.
The forecast is improving and calmer which is great news. In this political climate, I guess I am not the only one grateful for any good news, no matter how small. For more cheer take a look at Cathy’s blog to see some glorious floral sights.
Have a good week wherever you are. D.
Grape hyacinth, in a vase on Monday, kind gift from Kay, March, Muscari, Narcissus 'Tete a Tete', Narcissus ‘Rip-van-winkle’, Narcissus Grand Soleil d’Or, Narcissus Isles of Scilly, Viburnum bodnantense dawn, violas
Despite the high winds over the last few days and a flurry of sleet last night, the daffodils are still standing. Such hardy things, daffodils generate blots of yellow about the gardens and verges and nearly everyone comments on them. I cannot imagine that there is a single person who does not like seeing daffodils each spring.
I am not keen on the colour yellow but I make an exception with daffodils. I prefer Tête-à-tête as the short stems tend not to collapse in windy weather, important for this garden which is rather exposed.
Rip van winkle is another favourite thanks to his shredded punky appearance.
This year van winkle and Tête-à-tête are joined by a mixed selection of scented daffodils from the Scilly isles. My friend Kay kindly carried a small box of bulbs home to give me an early birthday present. Even more generous considering the hand luggage only rules from the orange aircraft carrier. This is the first one showing, it has six tiny yellow flowers with orange centres on one stem and is highly scented with that heavenly sweet daffodil perfume. I believe it to be Grand Soleil d’Or.
Viburnum bodnantense Dawn is still flowering its highly scented pale pink Pom poms and now is joined by the first of the Grape Hyacinths.
They are in a 500ml flask which holds their tiny beauty carefully.
By contrast I have pinched three tiny violas from my bath tub container. Tiny violas too have a sweet perfume detectable at close quarters.
Their papal purple colours and velvet texture have been damaged by the weather even so I think their beauty is exquisite.
What do you have to share with us and Cathy this Monday. I’ll bet there is something.
Wishing you all a good week ,wherever you are. D.