Thursday, 24 May 2018

First border

Thanks to my gardener Andrea, who spent a day starting to tidy up the garden, I now have my first border in the new garden. I'm rather excited. This was the border back in April. Well, not really a border. A mess of plants, grass and weeds.

The border that wasn't a border anymore, in April.

Andrea did a major weed out, discovered some border edging stones buried under all the mess, dug them out and put the edging stones back in. I got her to remove quite a bit of the rhubarb as I didn't need two patches. She also tidied up the raspberry canes, removing the dead ones. And she trimmed the ivy on the back corner. I don't want to remove it, it's good for the birds, I just didn't want it taking over.
The border in May, after all Andrea's hard work. Plus I pruned the plum tree.

I then had the first plants added. On the left you can see my first of two sorrel patches, and on the right is Thalictrum 'Anne', which was getting burnt in the pot in the hot sun. It's now in part shade, which I hope it will like more.

The name of this border, is rather originally, the Raspberry Border. It's hard coming up with names for borders.

The plum tree is on the outside of the border. Despite my pruning, it's heaving with fruit. 

I'm going to add in some herbs and lower growing ornamental hardy perennials adjacent to the raspberry canes. And on each side of the sorrel patch will be some pink Japanese Anemones, to add height. It will be so nice to get some of my plants out of their pots and into the ground; they have been waiting 18 months. Then I'll sit back and wait for the raspberries to fruit and see what they taste like.

My first border in the new garden. How exciting!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

In praise of: Narcissi Falconet

I know, most of you are thinking daff time is over, let's move on to other Spring plants and bulbs. But before you do, I suggest you consider this little beauty for next years pots or borders.

Narcissi Falconet is a Tazetta type of narcissi, fragrant, with a cluster of smaller flowers on the same stem. These sit very prettily above their long strong stems. They are meant to flower a bit earlier, late March-early April, but not only did I plant them late, this years long cold Spring held them up.

Not only does this Narcissi cheerily flower for nearly 3 weeks, it also has the most delicious fragrance. I've had some in a pot by the front door and every time I pass it's like I'm inhaling sunshine. Ok, that might be a little O.T.T., but you get what I mean.

I've been so enraptured by this Narcissi I'm planning on buying a lot more for next year* so that I can have some to stay in pots and the ground, and some to cut for the house.

I recommend Narcissi Falconet to you.

*I purchased mine from Peter Nyssen bulbs. And no, I didn't get anything from them. I just love their range, quality and price.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Spring blues

One of my favourite colours in Spring are the Spring blues. Of course, sometimes it's hard to tell if a flower is blue or a purple blue, and it's not always the easiest colour to photograph. However, here are a few that have been giving me joy in the last couple of weeks.

Anemone blanda blue-flowered

Here it is mixed in a pot with Narcissi and Alliums.

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram'

Alpine, Veronica whitleyi

In detail.

Another alpine, Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue'

Which Spring blue's do you love in your garden?