Stepson has stepsoned into the breach and loaned/given me a camera to use to get me out of my current predicament, but I have used my phone again today until I have had a chance to try it out (thank you Stepson!).
A hectic weekend meant I had to rush rather than ramble round the garden late this afternoon and take stock of what’s what – my newest joy is undoubtedly the nodding heads of Clematis ‘Buckland Beauty’, bought from Gardeners’ World Live at this time last year and now romping happily up a post in the clematis colonnade, with Geraniums ‘Dragon Heart’ and ‘Johnson’s Blue’ in brilliant bloom at the base. Also on this pillar and in bud was a similar acquisition from the same event, C. Lady Bird Johnson’ which has similar but pinker flowers. Both were fairly small (and cheap) plants so I am pleased they have done so well – I shall have no qualms about the potential of C. ‘Princess Diana’ and ‘Princess Kate which should be arriving from Crocus shortly, as they will be much bigger (and more expensive!) plants.
Also exciting me in the herbaceous borders were a solitary ranunculus, something I have really struggled to achieve any success with (and it was meant to be pink!), the swelling buds of the peony ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ who has sulked and refused to flower for the last couple of years, and the gradually opening heads of Allium cristophii:
In the hot borders, an unnamed frilly red poppy forms a great contrast next to climbing rose ‘Pardirektor Riggers’ and against the dark browny red leaves of Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’ and a group of Aquilegia ‘Oranges and Lemons’ flowers, whilst the kniphofia is a welcome sight indeed as this another plant I seem to have had little success with. The Lonicera ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ lurking almost at ground level has also crept up on me unawares, unlike last year when I photographed it in April, early in the life of this blog – with so many changes in the garden it was a welcome sight at that time, but I am afraid it has been very much overshadowed since then and deserves better.