The poor garden doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going at the moment. Scorching heat one minute, cold and wet the next. We have heavy rain forecast for Sunday and Monday but today there is just a lingering grey chill. Welcome to April in the UK.
1. Tulip fever…
…is continuing unabated in our garden. I honestly do not remember ordering the pink and green ones, but I am loving them. If anyone can enlighten me as to the variety I would be most grateful. The red ones are Ile de France and in the herbaceous border we have a mix of Bleu Aimable, Queen of the Night, Ballerina, Princess Irene and Curly Sue.
2. The Charleston Bleeding Heart
I was wandering around the garden last weekend when I suddenly noticed this rather impressive Lamprocampnos spectabilis, which I hadn’t been expecting. I realised that it must have come in as a small fragment with the Salvia ‘Amistad’ I was given this winter by head gardener Fiona, who didn’t feel it was in keeping with the 1930/40s garden she is aiming for. I have to say I am rather impressed by it’s determination.
3. Choisya ternata
A welcome side effect of cutting down the massive box which was dominating this part of the garden has been to open up this vista of the Mexican orange blossom, which has just come into flower this week.
4. Perfect peony
I thought this peony was lost as for weeks I could see no sign of it when others were posting pictures of theirs, but it has suddenly shot back into life. Its flowers when they emerge are a pretty pink, totally the wrong colour for this bed, which is meant to be bright jewel colours, but they are so lovely for a week or two that I cannot bear to move it.
5. Guilty purchases
We all do it – buy plants on a whim – and I couldn’t resist this Delphinium ‘Guinevere’ and Iris ‘Indian Chief’. I am now wondering whether to go back and buy two more of each on the principle that three of any plant makes a garden design?
6. Granny’s bonnet
This rather fetching purple aquilegia has self-seeded in front of the raised bed, in which you can just see carrot and calendula seedlings poking through (the plastic mesh is to stop next doors’ cats trampling/ pooing on the plants).
That’s all until next weekend, when we are forecast slightly better weather for the bank holiday! (Which for Britain means 15C and a mix of sunshine and cloud.)