We have had a couple of very welcome wet days, bringing less than 1″ of rain but nevertheless the wettest period since sometime last year; filling all the water butts and soaking the ground, the steady and prolonged showers were very gratefully received and, with many tasks that could be carried on indoors, did not slow down preparations for opening the garden. Occasional breaks in the showers were taken advantage of to tick off more items from the to-do lists and to admire the renewed lush greenness of the garden.
The borders are filling out nicely and I have been moving pots of lilies and other oddments into any remaining gaps. There will be plenty of newbies to share with you in due course, but today I have been admiring Bupleurum longifolium‘Bronze Beauty’ which I tried several times to grow from seed without success, before treating myself to a small plant from a specialist plant fair last month. I look forward to being able to cut some to include in a vase when the plant has grown more:
Some years ago I acquired a small specimen of Geranium maderense without realising how difficult it can be to grow; what it has been doing since then I don’t really know as I haven’t seen it since – until now, when it has suddenly reappeared (at least I think that’s what it is). The result of last year’s prolonged summer perhaps?
It wasn’t long ago that I thought I needed to add another plant or two to the heuchera bed to bulk it up a bit – but look at it now, looking pretty leafy and lush. In fact, all my heucheras seem to be doing well this year and this bed, unlike the others, did not get a top dressing of manure because it has a blanket of slate chippings which it would have been a faff to remove.
Early in May when buds were first forming on Rambling Rector I thought it was going to flower early this year, but the buds are only just opening now and it will not be in full flower for a couple of weeks. Combined with the adjacent Crown Princess Margarita it will be an absolute picture and is currently one of the many sights in the garden that my gaze keeps returning to:
And finally, for this Six on Saturday meme hosted by Jon the Propagator, I have my first dahlia of the year! It is (shade your eyes) a VERY yellow dahlia, and not what I would have chosen myself, but it came as a gift with another dahlia I had specifically asked about from Brian the Dahlia Man who lives near my Mum. Unbelievably, it came as a cutting that was taken only in mid-March, and also helped trigger my own foray into dahlia cuttings. Meet Golden Girl: