Another week of glorious sunshine 🌞 and everything in the garden is about to burst into flower. Peonies are about to pop, roses are about to ravish.
The highlight of the week was joining a Zoom lecture by Fergus Garrett head gardener at Great Dixter on layered planting. For a couple of hours I felt transported to one of my favourite gardens. I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Each week our own head gardener The Propagator invites us to share six things from our garden, share in his comments, then link back to his blog.
1. Phlomis fruticosa
The dazzling yellow flowers of our Jerusalem sage have opened up in the hot April sun. Everything seems earlier than usual this year thanks to the warm weather.
2. Lady Hillingdon rosebud
We have had the first couple of flowers on our Lady Hillingdon climbing rose and this year it is covered in buds so there is the promise of many more to come. Lady Hillingdon was the one who famously wrote that when she heard her husband’s footsteps approaching her bedchamber she would “lie down on my bed, close my eyes, open my legs and think of England”!
3. May blossom and cow parsley
My favourite time of year is when the hawthorn blossom is out and is accompanied by the foaming flowers of cow parsley. ‘Ne’er cast a clout til May is out’ is said to refer to the blossom rather than the month and we have certainly had the weather to strip off layers of clothes.
4. Ceanothus ‘Trewithen Blue’
A couple of weeks ago I promised more pictures of our beautiful Ceanothus when it came into full bloom and here it is. We may not be able to visit Cornwall at the moment but we can enjoy this Cornish blue.
5. Across the border
The border is brimming with life with alliums about to burst and the peony putting on lots of lovely foliage. Meanwhile the Negrita tulips in the foreground are still doing their thing.
We have lots of self sown aquilegias and I am happy to let them grow as I love their ‘Granny’s bonnet’ flowers in a range of pinky purple hues.