Hi Cathy. In case you do not know, Cathy is the the host of this meme to share something from the garden.
I am happy to report that blue refers to the colour of my flowers for today’s vase, rather than my mood.
World news frankly beggars belief. I feel as if I am taking part in some dodgy science fiction film ( and I mostly hate science fiction). The virus is all consuming unless we are careful to limit our exposure. Social distancing is the new norm.
I have clustered these glass vases in reckless close proximity. Taking kicks where one can.
I have had rare moments in my garden this year thanks to the wet weather. The incessant rain and heavy clay soil left the garden sodden all winter. To have tried to walk on it, let alone garden, would have done more damage than good. So it is a very welcome relief to see the sunshine over the last couple of days.
The perennials are all cut back and I have my dahlias potted up. The lawn has had a light trim. Just an enormous amount of weeding needs to be done, once I have taken the other debris to the household waste site. ( I hope they are still open?).
For those of us who are lucky enough to have an outside space we can keep calm and carry on gardening in our free time.
I will be trying to catch up on my garden now that it is beginning to dry out. With heavy clay there is a window between when it’s too sticky, when wet, or like concrete, when dry.
The flowers are shades of blue: Hyacinth, Muscari, and a delicate Siberian squill.
I hope you are staying safe, keeping to the new rules. If you are WFH perhaps you could try joining in, it would be lovely to see what flowers you have in your garden.
Have a good week wherever you are, stay safe and thanks for reading. D.
My garden has been swamp like for what seems like months and months. So horrid. I have hardly been able to get out there. Today I squelched across grass that needs cutting to look for some flowers to join Cathy and her regular followers.
There are hellebores and daffodils, iris reticulata and viburnum. There is blossom on the plum tree and fresh growth showing on the Hemerocallis and those plants formerly known as sedums. Leaves are budding on the Sambucus and the Hydrangeas. Roses are budding their purple leaves. There is much happening out there.
I have chosen a small selection to put in my vases
Small scale vases.
This pot has Narcissus tête-à-tête and Rip van winkle. You can see they are mud spattered. The one with the orange centre came as a birthday gift box of bulbs from the Isles of Scilly. Highly scented these are always delightful, thanks Kay.
Iris reticulata are exquisite and I shall try adding some named varieties for next year now that I know they are happy under the chestnut trees. Behind is a twig of the delicate pale blossom of the plum tree.
A sprig of candy floss pink viburnum blossom and that’s my lot for today. Please take a look at other participants picked flowers, it is incredible how different they all are each week. Thanks to our host Cathy who always, without exception responds to our posts.
Have a good week, wherever you are. Thanks for reading. D.
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.