Because of the issues I will try to keep this post short and sweet! Blooms continue to be a good bit behind the last couple of years, I had hope that they'd have caught up by now but it seems the plants have other ideas. It will be interesting to read if others here in the UK, particularly in northern parts are experiencing similar.
Blooms in the top border have finally made an appearance. Those Alliums have been in bloom for a while and the rest are now playing catch up. The long awaited blooms of Papaver orientale Patty's Plum have finally appeared. I think the name Patty's Plum is stretching it just a tad. I'm not sure I'd describe the colour as plum. There are many more buds to open. Lupins, Aquilegia and Cirsium getting in on the act too. The Pyracantha blooms on the back fence, as does Clematis montanta Marjorie.
In the corner I hope to transform into a small woodland area one day, yet more Alchemilla mollis, Lamprocapnos spectabalis and the variegated Iris pseuodoacorus are currently fill the space. Aquilegia vulgaris Purple Emperor in the background is just about finished blooming. It's looking rather scruffy now.
Over the shadier side, the candelabra Primula are just about finished, as is Lamium orvala. Lupin The Page to the left of the screen is looking particularly good right now, it's strong scent is a bonus too. The small yellow bloom in the centre is Trollius acaulis, a dwarf globe flower. Corydalis Heavenly Blue planted earlier in the year is settling right in. I long for the days those fences are not so visible.
Through the arch, still on the shadier side of the garden, this bed is a real eclectic mix of plants.
I widened this border last autumn and moved plants around in a bit of a hurry, work is needed to balance it off a bit. The only Heuchera, H. Binoche left in the garden now picks up the colour of the blooms of both Astrantia Moulin Rouge and Ruby Wedding. In this border, the blues come from the Corydalis and Polemonium. A couple of hardy Geraniums are almost in bloom too. Clematis Scartho Gem at the far right is blooming it's heart out. This is a reliable group 2 clematis that I find does not suffer wilt as can the others that I have gradually removed from the garden.
The side garden right now Aconitums and Peonies await their turn. I am hoping that since all the peonies are so late they might have escaped the worst of the wind and rain and their blooms just might not suffer quite as much as they would in a normal year. We shall see. The variegated Rhododendron Goldflimmer is standing out right now, Along with some Geranium sylvaticum Alba. The peachy coloured faded blooms of pink rhoddie are at that scruffy looking stage.
Out of shot and in the middle of all this the Zantedeschia aethiopica flowered this year. Threatened with removal should they not buck up their ideas last year. They obviously took heed. I like it when a plant reacts positively to my threats.
I bet there are masses of you with roses and other summer delights blooming this bloom day post but right now in my garden, there is only a tiny glimpse of what I hope will become a proper floral display of the roses in the front garden. Yes, this is it, the only rose bud with even the remotest hint of impending colour.
|Rosa Port Sunlight|
|Geum Totally Tangerine, Alchemilla erythropoda, Erysimum Fragrant Star and bearded Iris|
Annuals Sanvitalia Aztec Gold and Begonia Burning Embers temporarily fill gaps for the summer
Lastly, a close up shot of Alstroemeria Princess Kate. The fact that she was purchased on the very same day that our very own Princess Kate had her first official engagement after the birth of Princess Charlotte is a mere coincidence. I hope she like it here!
|Alstroemeria Princess Kath|