Blue is the predominant colour in our garden right now – with a good measure of white and yellow thrown in.
For this week’s six, joining in with the garden maestro himself, The Propagator, I am ‘singing the blues’ in celebration of my favourite colour.
1. Corydalis flexuosa ‘Pere David’
This week I had a delivery of plant from my friend Fiona Dennis, formerly head gardener at Charleston, who has recently taken over a local micro nursery and renamed it Fi’s Yard. I think it is really important to support independent nurseries at this time plus she has some lovely stock. I have wanted a pretty china blue Corydalis for some time and this one is perfect for an east-facing partially shady spot.
I couldn’t very well write about the colour blue and not mention the bluebells which are coming out in force in our garden now. These are probably the thuggish hybrids rather than native woodlanders but I shall enjoy them nonetheless.
3. Green alkanet
Pentaglottis sempervirens to give it its Latin name is another thug which despite the name has pretty forget-me-not blue flowers. It grows like a weed in our garden but the bees enjoy it so I am giving it a reprieve then I will cut it down, dig out the roots and steep the leaves to make a fertiliser similar to comfrey tea
When we arrived in our garden nearly four years ago one of the first things I noticed was a crumbling old urn filled with forget-me-nots. It is not quite so full this year, but I happily transported some more from the garden at Charleston by accident and now have a ‘cloud’ of forget-me-nots in the garden.
5. Purple honesty
Not strictly blue but I have wanted some of this Lunaria annua for a while and now it has happily self-seeded from our neighbours’ garden.
In the warm Spring sunshine our Ceanothus ‘Trewithen Blue’ is about to burst into flower. I may have to show this again in the next week or so when it is in its full glory!
Enjoy your gardens this sunny Easter weekend!