Knowing we would be away on the 15th of the month, when Carol at May Dreams hosts Garden Bloggers Blooms Day and where garden bloggers can host links to their own blooming blogs, I had taken appropriate photos of our own blooms a couple of days in advance of the date. However, on our way up to my Mum’s I decided it would be more appropriate to feature the blooms in her garden instead; this suggestion was treated with more than a little derision by the Golfer. Admittedly. Mum struggles not just with the wind and salt and excess rain, but with very shallow slatey soil, an increase in infirmity, a decrease in will and a lack of availability of local help, but she does still retain her interest in plants and is always delighted to see new things flowering.
In the past we have invariably visited around Easter and again in August, so coming in June is a break with tradition and it was interesting to travel up at a different time, catching the rhododendrons and azaleas en route for a change. Surveying my Mum’s garden this morning there was perhaps less colour amongst the wind-blown weeds than there would be in August, but it was nevertheless interesting to inspect what there was. I was pleased to see some of this unnamed hardy geranium, brought from their old garden and of which I have a clump (featured in the blog header, with Sarah Bernhardt), and also some of the centaura which is doing so well in my garden at the moment. I don’t think I share any of the astrantia (centre) with my Mum, but it shows how tough and uncomplaining it is as it has popped up in several places here.
Also popping up is the almost ubiquitous ‘Welsh’ poppy, of which both yellow and orange have appeared sneaking up here with other plants from the previous garden. There was quite a clump of kniphofia, almost over, which seems odd as not only it is something I have had no success with myself it seems almost too early, particularly considering how late the spring is. Not so unusual, though, was the hebe which seems to be in flower whatever time we visit, including when we came at Christmas last year. The aquilegia look almost incongruous amidst the sea of green in the most overgrown part of the garden, but again it proves just how obliging they can be. It is surrounded by wild yellow irises and will be joined later in the year by hogweed, which I will no doubt be assigned to dig out.
Knowing my garden is already fairly (understatement!) well-stocked with plants, Mum will be surprised to find I shall be requesting the addition of something from hers – some of her white polemonium, which happily self seeds around here, along with its blue neighbour.