I have still to get my gardening mojo on this year. It’s gone from being cold and dry to cold and wet. There’s been the occasional splash of sunshine but I’ve remembered about slugs and snails and I’m fearing for my sweet peas.
The garden is loving all the rain though after the extended dry period and seems to be having a bit of a honeymoon even though I’m letting it run rather wild.
In the herbaceous border there are dreamy blues and whites, forget-me-nots and aquilegeas have self-sown everywhere and even the apple tree we cut right back because it was falling over has come into blossom.
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We are lucky to have plenty of self sown aquilegias like this pretty pink one poking out of our paving. Ironically the special ones I bought last year haven’t come up again. I’ll just leave them to their own devices in future.
2. Bleu Aimable
This is my very favourite tulip. It starts off pink and then fades to a bluish lilac. Here is a longer shot of it with Queen of the Night tulips and the Ceanothus and Laurel in the background.
3. Apple blossom
We lost our dwarf apple tree over the winter after the non-gardener used it as a tent peg. Our other apple tree was leaning over dangerously and so the tree surgeons cut it right back. It seems quite happy still and has produced some lovely blossom.
The ferns are unfurling. I just hope they can quickly grow big enough not to take a battering from Baxter who likes to run this way up into the garden. (Hence the fire guard behind them protecting a Hydrangea petiolaris which he was doing his best to dig out.
5. Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’
Having grown only Totally Tangerine for the last few years I decided to branch out to a scarlet lady this year. Mrs Bradshaw is still in her pot but hopefully it will stop raining long enough to get her in the ground this weekend.
6. Front garden allotment
Not sure how successful my attempts at a cutting garden are going to be as the slugs and snails have demolished all my seedlings, but the self-sown lettuces which I replanted in a row are loving the rain and doing really well. The green alkanet in the foreground is running rampant again but I’m leaving it as I’ve read it’s brilliant for bees!