While the cats away….

the plants go mad! I turn my back for less than a week and the garden leaps into action.

I read somewhere recently that when you have been away from your garden for a while the first thing you  should do on your return is to have a good walk around as your absence will have distanced you and you will see your garden in a more detached way.  This way you not only see clearly the things that are really working well but also the things that don’t.

So  on my return from a family holiday today I took this advice and I think it is sort of true.  The Camassia which were in very tight bud when I left are now in full flower and in some cases almost beginning to go over.  It appears that I was miss sold some Camassia bulbs last autumn.  I wanted white Camassia for the bank but they are most definitely blue.  Having said that I think this is actually better than white as the pick up on the bluey/purple Aquilegia which are just coming into flower as well as linking with the Rosemary and working well with the burgundy tulips. So they can stay and I’ll forget the white ones since I have too many white flowers coming into the garden as it is.

I also noticed a loan orange tulip amongst the Jan Reus tulips. I think this is Cairo as I bought some for pots and had a bulb or two left over so stuck them in the border.  Another happy accident as I think the orange works very well with the burgundy so I will be making a note in my notebook to add more Cairo to this area.

The rhododendron is just about the burst into flower – I think it is called Happy.  In front of it are Candelabra Primulas that I grew from seed a couple of years ago.  The color of the flowers almost matches the rhododendron and I think in this instance works really well.  However they are obviously struggling from lack of water as the stems are contorting and the flower heads are not as high as normal.

Another plant that I think might be affected by the heat is the Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum. As you can see from the photo there are several flower heads on my plant already showing colour but last year the flowers were on tall stems.  I am hoping that the stems will shoot up before the flowers open or the effect I wanted will be lost all together.

conversely the leaves on my Arisema speciousum are huge compared with last year.  I have carefully nursed the six plants I grew from seed two years ago and kept them in pots overwintering in the greenhouse but last year the leaves looked dry and unhappy and there were no flowers.  I was desperate for some space in the cold frame a couple of weeks ago and decided that I had nothing to lose from planting them out in the garden.  So I did and it seems to have paid off – the leaves are huge and I am now keeping my fingers crossed for flowers.

The Irises have started to open  but only just so  I haven’t missed them and the Peonies are still a way from opening – again good news.  I have spotted a number of plants that need moving as they are crowding others so will deal with these over the long weekend as well as giving those that need it a really good water. Plus work is starting on a new border that I have been busy buying plants for – but more of that another time!

8 Comments on “While the cats away….

  1. It is odd isn’t it? How you suddenly notice a plant that cannot possibly have grown that much in just a week! Can it??
    Your border is looking lovely, coming together.

    • Yes this is true especially as I have a terrible memory and can’t always remember what plants are until they flower!

  2. For sure my garden is changing every few hours at the moment. Every time I walk around there is something else flowering. My Irises are at exactly the same stage as yours but my tulips are nearly over. It is so interesting WHEN plants flower and what effects that. When I was writing my last post comparing tulips over the last 3 years it was amazing to me that although the years had each been very different weather wise some tulips seemed to have opened on the same day each year. Glad your holiday was good. Christina

    • I know what you mean my garden seems to be changing very quickly and I am sure it is further ahead than last year. I must have a look back through pictures

  3. Everything looks so beautiful, Helen. I can’t believe how far along your garden is. In the northeast part of the US, everything is weeks behind last year; so we’re definitely feeling impatient. I’m feeling envious of all your beautiful plants. But it will come to my garden eventually; thanks for reminding me what I have to look forward to. 🙂 -Jean

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. When I googled the name you gave me I have found the flower that is it – Centaurea montana. It feels nice being able to identify things! Thank you! 🙂

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