Out front, my non descript front garden has a few blooms. There are two real highlights out there at the moment, neither of them are particularly complimentary to each other in so far as colour is concerned. Tropaeolum speciosum, for 4 years, I thought was a weed growing up through the front hedge. I spent hours in the summer ripping heaps of it from deep within the privet. Yet, each year, back it came! It was determined to stay. I finally managed to find out what it was, learning that it's a fussy begger - I thought it best to let it hang around. I am currently trying to get the privet to grow tall enough to really show them off.
The first paeonies of the year are now blooming in the front garden. These, I have no ID for, as they were planted when I first moved in here and the labels are long gone. A close up of the blooms. The scent is amazing and it hits you bang in the face as soon as you open the front door. A bit too blousy for some tastes but the flowers don't last too long, therefore I like to enjoy them for the short time they are with me.
|The old and the new!|
As we walk the remainder of the side path, just before we pop into the back garden proper, this is the view directly outside the back door. The path separates the Physocarpus from the rest of the plants but I like the effect these colours create here. Lonicera periclymenum, cultivar name Scentsation - really does as it says on the tin. It has an incredible SCENT! Even though the flowers are rather sparse right now, it can be smelt all around the garden. The Dicentra spectabalis will flower for a while yet - this one's always later and last longer due to the fact it doesn't get quite so much sun. I know I've missed the 'Derby Day' recommended trimming of the box hedge. I've put my back out (putting up that temporary expanding trellis you can see) and can't do very much and I wouldn't dare trust anyone else to do them. A week or two will make little difference to them, I'm sure.
|Lonicer periclymenum Scentsation, Dicentra spectabalis |
Physocarpus opulifolius Nugget
Just over the other side of the trellis, which kind of marks out a boundary between the side garden and back garden, is my teeny weeny wildlife pond. Little happens there, no frogs, toads or spawn. Plenty of other beasties and snails though. Maybe one day they will come. I don't grow much in the pond, it's way too small for most plants but there is a pot of Cardamine (which has finished flowering), Acorus and I fling in a piece of water hyacinth each year for luck but they never flower.
Surrounded by plants, which if I'm honest are generally not usually associated with pondside planting but they do well and are certainly not devoid of insect/pollinator activity.
Far left, just about to go over is Polemonium yezonense, around the front edge of the pond Ajuga Burgundy Glow and Aruncus aethusifolius, are filling out nicely. Heucheras Marmalade and Beauty Colour surround Geranium sanguineum and tucked right in almost out of sight is a little dwarf Geum, Dingle Apricot, which really needs bringing to the front. Clematis Scartho Gem - sets of nicely against the foliage of Cotinus coggygria Dusky Maiden. The two areas combined are, in my opinion, not unpleasant to the eye.
|Back in May|
Here is the Bumble Bee bed yesterday evening - it was hissing down and quite windy, therefore the quality of this picture is not great. I am much more pleased with this now and I don't cringe each time I look at it.
In the foreground Nepeta Six Hills giant, Geranium psilostemon and Cirsium rivulare will need a bit of a shuffle around, Clematis The Vagabond has been flowering for weeks now.
In the far corner, a white oriental poppy mingles with Astrantia Buckland. This combo works well, the Astrantia gives much needed support to the poppies. Some of you will remember the issues I've been having with Patty's Plum elsewhere in the garden. There is a Patty's Plum in there too but it's not flowering yet. Sanguisorba Pink Tanna and a Blue hardy geranium will take over when the poppies have gone.
Also, tucked in away at the back, a young Lonicera x italicum Harlequin has flowered for the first time. It's still hidden behind it's neighbours but making good growth up onto the trellising provided for it.
|Shady corner of project privacy|