Thursday, 23 June 2016

Irritating Plant of the Month (IPotM): June 2016

Alison over at The Blackberry Garden has written a great post on a plant that has been irritating her, and came up with the idea of Irritating Plant of the Month day (IPotM). See her post for info, and mine below for my first contribution to this new meme.

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My IPotM is Primula japonica 'Carminea' (Japanese primrose).


Why is this delightfully pretty plant irritating me? Because it's in the wrong place!

To be fair, it's not the plants fault that I planted it in the wrong place. But it is it's fault that it's grown much taller than I was expecting, instead of .5m, and is more like .8m. And because it's at the front of the border it looks odd, and keeps bugging me.

So I need to move it further back into the border, so it's flowers will sit more gracefully amongst the foliage of other plants, rather than sticking out like a sore thumb.

So that's my IPotM for June. What's yours?

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Gardening with ME: what's flowering in the garden in June


I've not been up to blogging or gardening recently. The ME has been bad and I've needed to rest. I was able to get out into the garden and take some photos on the weekend, so I thought I'd just post some pictures of what flowering in the garden in June.

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In the Long Shady Border: Amsonia tabernaemontana (Eastern Bluestar), Primula beesiana, Astrantia 'Hapsden Blood' and Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob's ladder).

Primula beesiana

And Geranium nodosum

plus Geranium nodosum 'Clos du Coudray'

Overview of the Kitchen Garden, the Broad Beans flush with health & flowers, with Geranium 'Ann Folkard' in front.

Sun lovers, Salvia x jamensis 'Nachtvlinder'

Allium cristophii (Star of persia)


The Herb Border includes Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna', Allium atropurpureum and the seed heads of Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'.

Allium atropurpureum

The Herb Border earlier in June with Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' in full flower, plus Allium schoenoprasum (Chives).

Looking through from the driveway.

In the Alpine Wall, an alpine Oregano (I need to find the label!).

Sisyrinchium 'Biscutella' (Blue-eyed grass 'Biscutella').

Campanula poscharskyana (Trailing bellflower).

Next to the Obelisk, Dianthus cruentus (Blood pink).

Looking up through the arch at Rosa 'Seagull'.

View from the conservatory.


Hopefully my health will improve enough soon that I can actually do some gardening, not just photograph the garden. Despite the ME, the garden has plenty of flowering interest in June. And I do get to sit in and soak it up, which is no small pleasure.

View from the study

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Quince watch 2016: May


Is this the year when I will finally have my first, edible fruits, from my Quince tree? Now that it has finally flowered, Quince watch has officially begun.


My Cydonia oblonga 'Serbian' (also known as 'Leskovac') is now about 6 years old. Last year it managed one solid hard golf-ball sized fruit. When I say solid, I mean granite solid. It was solid.


Like Alison over at The Blackberry Garden, I have hopes for non-solid fruit this year. Even, dare I suggest it, edible (jam-ible) fruit?

Is this a potential quincelet?


I live in hope. And with a watchful eye.