Spring is at its fullest and the garden is starting to look decidedly overgrown. There are so many jobs to do this weekend that I don’t know where to start: pruning the shaggy cherry plum hedge which is straggling across our front steps; cutting back the Clematis armandii which is threatening to block out the light from the sitting room; removing the Green Alkanet which has mounted a large-scale invasion this year.
Each week The Propagator invites us to share six things that are happening in our gardens right here, right now, giving a wonderful insight into what is happening in other people’s gardens around the globe. This week is the second anniversary of a meme which has become a regular fixture in mine and many other garden bloggers’ lives – May the Fourth be with you and many happy returns Sir!
- Green Alkanet*
This plant is the bane of my life at the moment as it is taking over our garden. The blue flowers have a certain charm I suppose, but the leaves are horrible and scratchy if you brush past them and it has sown itself in every corner. It is time to tackle it.
*I originally named this weed as ‘Common Bugloss’, but as Chloris from The Blooming Garden quite rightly points out it is actually Green Alkanet or Pentaglottis sempervirens. It appears that I am not alone in being confused as this excellent blog post by Jane Perrone explains: https://www.janeperrone.com/blog/greenalkanet
Another blue, this time a much more appealing one. I moved this Ceanothus from a more shady spot last year to this position by the fence where it gets the morning sun on its top and it seems to be enjoying it here. (The bird house in the foreground is made from recycled magazines and was a present from my sister-in-law.)
3. Dutch irises
Keeping to the blue theme a little longer, these beautiful Dutch irises have come out under the apple tree. I planted them as bulbs (corms?) from Peter Nyssen in the autumn. I love the combination of royal blue and rich custard yellow.
4. Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’
Switching from blue to bright orange, our three geums are back in flower. Last year they went on flowering all summer and into the autumn, so I am hoping for a repeat performance!
I bought three hostas for this shady spot last year and they were all quickly devoured by slugs, so it’s nice to see this one has come back. I am hoping it will prove a bit more slug-resistant this year.
6. Ferns unfurling
We inherited two ferns by our French windows and I love them at this time of year when they are unfurling their acid green fronds. I am gradually turning this shady corner into a feature with shade loving plants such as the Hydrangea petiolaris behind and an Asplenium scolopendrium (which I stole from my mother’s garden and which needs to be planted out today.)
Off to Little Kickers football now with my five-year-old and then to start tackling all those jobs!