The garden is late in every sense this year. This time last year roses were blooming and everything was parched. This year the plants are happy with their wet feet but many are only just coming into flower.
My gardening season has been delayed as well but now we have a warm sunny bank holiday weekend forecast it is suddenly a delight to be outdoors again.
Our marvellous host The Propagator invites us to share six things from our garden each Saturday. I have been a bit patchy of late but it’s great to be joining in again today.
1. Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’
It’s here! The famous Totally Tangerine, the Geum everyone raves about. I planted a couple a few years ago now and they never disappoint.
2. Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’
I featured my latest purchase last time but couldn’t resist popping it in again a) to show the colour contrast with Totally Tangerine and b) because the blooms have been impressively prolific.
These are one of the plants that have been slow to bloom but now they are about to get going. A few days of sunshine should see these babies pop into purple balls of loveliness.
We have plenty of this common garden geranium but last year it shrivelled up in the dry weather. This year it has grown to twice the height and is an alarmingly healthy shade of green, but the flowers are only just beginning to appear.
5. Persicaria ‘Purple Fantasy’
I first saw this persicaria in the pot display by the front porch at Great Dixter and fell in love with its distinctively patterned heart-shaped foliage.
6. Ballerina tulips in urn
I planted these tulips from Peter Nyssen really late and they have done the best of all the bulbs I planted probably because they benefited the most from the wet spring.