Things in garden blogging land have been very quiet recently, testament to most garden bloggers being busy in their gardens I guess! Many of us, however, have managed to make time to take photos today to highlight what is blooming on Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, the meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens; thank you for giving us this opportunity, Carol.
Having shown some of the treasures awaiting us when we got back from the few days at my Mum’s, I intended to focus on other darlings today, but couldn’t resist showing the gorgeous tulips again, nor the Winter Sunshine sweet peas in the greenhouse. The sweet peas have provided three sizeable posies since we got home, the one I showed you earlier in the week and two for friends:
Throughout the garden aquilegias are coming to the fore, many grown from Touchwood Aquilegia seed, and some not being the anticipated colour or size and thus required new homes:
At their peak are Narcissus ‘Petrel’, seemingly a lesser known white variety than ‘Thalia’; I planted both behind the special snowdrop border in the autumn and Petrel has proved to be shorter and later than Thalia, making a good combination:
Other good combinations are wild garlic (de-headed soon after the photo was taken) and bluebells with self-sown foxgloves (OK, I can see the nettles too!) and the last of the wood anemones in the woodland, giving a sense of enclosure as they spill over onto the bark path at nearly knee height:
And look at the Clematis alpina:
The red, white and blue anemones grown for The Wedding have been planted out in the garden, enhancing existing planting as this part of one of the bold borders shows. The popular Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’, bought two seasons ago has suddenly begun to perform and hopefully will now prove why it is so popular:
This wild corner of the blue & white borders is beloved by bees, the two different comfreys flowering and providing nectar for months on end:
One of the surprises from earlier in the week was the sudden appearance of camassias – I have planted bulbs a number of times without any success but, despite not planting any last autumn, there are now three spikes in bloom. Where on earth have they been hiding in the meantime?!
On the left of the above picture is another contender for a new home – Cheiranthus ‘Ivory White’, grown from seed, which starts as a definite yellow before taking its time to fade into what you might just about call ‘ivory white’. Not what I want in my blue & white borders nor my main borders – pah!
This little heucheralla ‘Brass Lantern’, however, is a blooming delight at the moment…
… and I am very happy with my choice of Tulip ‘Aveyron’ for these pots…
… and to see this ornithogalum reappear in the streamside grass…
I had been thinking I might move it if it reappeared, but seeing it again I quite like how it emerges here when I am least expecting it.
My rambles take longer and longer these days, such are the increasing number of delights and new discoveries to be found in the garden. The above is just a small sample but I hope you have enjoyed sharing them with me and will join me again tomorrow to see what I have spared for a vase.