Six on Saturday: Rainbow garden

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 🥰

10 Comments

  1. Lady Shallot is a sure bet! Fabulous rose … 😍
    I’m overrun with ox-eye daisies at this time but they are so beautiful and go very well with the red poppies that I keep them and still contain them a little bit ( because they tend to spread…)

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  2. Fabulous looking roses. I love the cup shaped blooms of Vanessa Bell and pretty pink rose in your front garden. I keep seeing the Fergus Garrett lectures mentioned and I’m kicking myself that I’ve missed one again.

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  3. Your garden is doing so very well. Like the white valerian – it really sets off the other colours. Vanessa Bell is such a beaut & how wonderful she grows in the shade!

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  4. Gladiolus byzantinus is pretty sweet! I can not see much of it in the picture, but I am getting to like it. I got Gladiolus papilio from another horticulturist in Washington, and am really pleased with how perennial it is, although I was informed that it can eventually get a bit too prolific. Gladiolus byzantinus is a bit more colorful, and is a bit more similar to the common hybrid gladiolus. I like the common hybrids too, but they do not stay as perennial here.

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  5. The Vanessa Bell rose looks great I will have to look that up. There is something reassuring Ox Eye Dasies they just seem to appear every year. I haven’t got any and I know they can be pest but they are just a stable plant. We had proper rain last night for the first time in 3 months. It lasted for 12 hours as well….absolute joy!

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