Sunday, 24 May 2015
Down at the allotment today I was surprised to find this. I'd assumed it was a clump of tall grass - but grass doesn't have purple daisy-like flowers!
And another surprise - cherries on both cooking and dessert trees. All I have to do with those is keep the birds away....
Friday, 22 May 2015
Elsewhere the garden is filling with aquilegias - I love these because they self-set and spring up in unexpected places and unexpected colours year after year. The original ones were all pink but now they come in all sorts of shades from dark purple through to pale, almost-white - this year though I haven't spotted any deep magenta but not to worry they'll probably turn up again next summer
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
It seems at the moment that more flowers are blossoming every day, and the daffodils and tulips are dying back without being noticed.
White bells and honesty full the lawn borders...
the clematis montana is now covering the back fence with flower ...
even the practical plants are looking beautiful - the second apple tree is blossoming..
rhubarb looks like an exotic decorative leaf
the tiny flowers of the blueberries are now setting and berries starting to form
the american land cress is staring to fill the veg patch with bright yellow flowers
and strawberries edge the path
I'm very pleased to see anemones again this year - I think it's the first time corms have grown and flowered for a second year.
It seems a little early for aquilegias but the first few are just opening their buds
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
|strawberry on the patio|
|dog violet and welsh poppy|
|forget-me-nots, which will grow anywhere|
Sycamore seedpod helicopters float over the fence in autumn and in Spring dozens of tiny trees try to grow. Aquilegia, welsh poppies and foxgloves seed readily anywhere. Herbs like oregano and lemon balm spread everywhere,and I even found lamb's lettuces and strawberries growing between the gaps of the patio slabs. Sometimes it seems a pretty effect, sometimes it's just a nuisance.
Monday, 11 May 2015
And from the poly greenhouse .... early radishes,lifted to make way for courgettes.
Monday, 4 May 2015
There hasn't been much wind either so the cherry blossom is still hanging on and looking lovely.
Under the cherry tree, I have kerria japonica and honesty flowers clashing colours,
and, mostly hidden by them, the first flowers on Solomon's seal
The veg patch borders are covered in forget-me-nots
and the fences are covered by leaves on raspberries, flowering currants and 'real' currants, and montana clematis which isn't quite flowering yet
Underneath, bluebells are hiding. I've tried to plant them in shady spots similar to their natural habitats - so under currant bushes, next to large flopping plants or in shade cast by buildings
One apple tree is still in full flower, though another is only in bud.
First signs of lily of the valley.