Another crazy week in the garden. Doing the hokey cokey with the greenhouse plants: in, out, in, out and trying very hard not to shake them all about and the layers in the new borders are building up. This week it is the turn of the alliums.
These are Purple Sensation. I hope they stay around long enough to look good with the Rosa Blush Noisette which is just in bud behind. Now the path is complete I need to find some low growing edging plants to drown out the weed seedlings. Or maybe I move the geraniums forward. Hhmm, I think I’ll do that.
These are Allium Mount Everest, looking suitably tall. The tulips are really past their best but there is enough life in them to make the border look quite colourful. Some of the Mount Everests have done a disappearing trick, about six have gone awol causing me to set up a spreadsheet for the autumn bulb order. Otherwise I am sure to forget that I need more. I like the height they give to the border at this time of the year.
And the bonus tulip is …orange! These are in a border that only gets afternoon sun and they are lasting rather well. I though Queen of Night was the lone gatecrasher in this border but this late arrival is a real stand out.
The pheasant eye narcissus have been a joy in the last few weeks. Their scent drifts across the back of the garden and they are looking very happy in combination with the bluebells and pulomonaria. This corner is going to look quite empty when the spring flowers finish. More layering to be done.
This is geranium phaeum which came with me in pots from the old garden. This is its second year in the new border and it has really established itself well. It’s far more stately and elegant in this garden than it ever was before. I do love a geranium and will be dividing this up and spreading it around.
And lastly, the dwarf azalea has revealed its true colour and I think it has earned the chance to move out of its pot and into the border. It is just the right height for the front of the north west facing corner. But there is work to be done on that border, currently the most neglected part of the garden, home to ground elder, geranium robertianum and the ubiquitous sherperd’s purse. The RHS advice gleefully informs me that ‘a single plant is able to produce an average of 2-3000 seeds each, with three generations per year.’ Plenty still to be done there then.
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