|End of May 2015|
The first view you get of the front garden is looking west. This is the view I get as I come out the front door. As you can see there are pops of colour everywhere now. The Tropaeolum speciosum growing through the hedge is just coming into bloom too. It adds it's special touch at this time of the year.
|Looking west End of June 2015|
- Blue/mauve or white bloom are being removed as and when they flower (except G. Robustum, seen here). They just don't fit in. G. Robustum will find a new home in the back garden.
- Rosa Graham Thomas is a poor performer. Stems are weak and floppy, it needs support. I need to think about replacing.
- Dutch Iris, I. Bronze Beauty is not quite the colour I expected.
|Looking towards the house|
Standing behind the Cotinus in the far corner looking outwards. The stand out plant in this view is the new Alstroemeria. A. Princess Kate has made a fine replacement for Geranium Brookside. I am far more please with her than I was the Geranium. I've cut back Verbascum Clementine, her faded blooms flailing everywhere had become a right tangled mess. I will see if it produces a second flush of blooms before I endeavour to take root cuttings (my first attempt) to ensure I have replacements for next year. Although I did read in a gardening magazine yesterday that I should be thinking about organising this about now. Do you know when I should be doing these?
I have identified a spot where I can transfer some of the Iris Indian Chief tubers. There are 6 individual tubers (roots) but I think 3 should be suffice to produce a good sized clump in the future. The more I ponder over the front garden, the more clear it becomes that I have selected way too many different plants. I think by selecting only a few choice plants and using them throught the space will create a bit of cohesion. Because of the roses, I want to keep the scheme quite cottagey. However, the colour scheme I am using is not really lending itself to the more traditional plants we associate with cottage garden classics. I have no doubt that there will be much too and froing before I am completely satisfied with it.
So what's in bloom out there right now?
Iris Bronze Beauty, is as I mentioned above, gorgeous but just not quite the colour I thought it would be.
|Iris Bronze Beauty|
The first of the roses to bloom. R. Lady of Shalott, Graham Thomas and Fighting Temeraire.
|R. Lady of Shalott, Graham Thomas and Fighting Temeraire|
Almost there, Port Sunlight and The Lark Ascending.
|R. Port Sunlight and The Lark Ascending|
Alstroemeria Princess Kate, a new addition to the garden last month.
|Altroemeria Princess Kate|
|Rudbeckia Summerian (Brown)|
|Cosmos atrosanguineus Chocamocha|