Rainbows have become a symbol of our times and in this unprecedented sunny spring our garden has come out in glorious technicolour.
Each week The Propagator asks us to show six things from our gardens and this week I hope to capture the riot of colour.
1. Front garden allotment
The front garden where I grow veg amongst the flowers has really come into its own with pinks, poppies, roses and Centranthus ruber. I have sown some more seed directly into the ground this week now it is warm, including Autumn King carrots, Mizuna, sweet basil, sweet corn and various types of squash.
2. Lady of Shallot rose
This is one of my very favourite roses which has come into flower this week in all her Pre-Raphaelite beauty.
3. Bee and broad beans
I was pleased to capture this little fella merrily pollinating the colourful crimson-flowered broad beans.
4. Patio border
There is plenty of colour in our patio border amidst a sea of lime green including indigo Aconitum, hot pink Gladiolus byzantinus and purple alliums.
5. Vanessa Bell rose
I was worried that this spot would be too shady for my pale lemon Vanessa Bell rose – one of David Austin’s newer varieties – but in the hot dry weather she appears to be very happy here, with a romantic foil of Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’, purple campanula and the last pink flowers of Bergenia.
6. Ox-eye daisies
I watched another inspirational Zoom lecture by Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter this week on how to use and edit self-sowers in the garden. These ox-eye daisies or moon daisies make a cheerful self-sown edging to our front garden path.
And to finish with a gratuitous further six photos of our front garden which I’m loving at the moment 🥰