GBBD April 2012 – Woodland treats

I know the photo above is slightly out of focus but the purple haze optimises my garden at the moment.  There are countless honesty which have self seeded around the garden and they are working wonderfully with the yellow of the narcissus.  I also have some white variegated honesty coming on but they aren’t in flower yet so hopefully they won’t cross-pollinate with the purple ones.

My inherited Deutzia is just coming into bloom, it should be a real picture in a weeks time.  It is growing in the most inconvenient place at the side of some steps but in order to get it out I think the retaining wall of the steps would collapse so I just prune it hard every year after flowering. The more I look at the above photo the more fascinated I am.  I’m thinking this might be a possible contender for a painting but would have to do on dark paper, will consult with tutor.

Tulips aside I am really pleased that all the corms and bulbs I planted in the new Woodland Border are looking fabulous.  The Erythronium Pagoda look fabulous.  I also bought some Erythronium Pallida (I think) and whilst some leaves appeared they were quite small and the flowers disappeared very quickly, hopefully next year they will do better.

I have added some Epimedium to the border which I bought at the Garden House.  Above is Rose Queen – they are surprisingly difficult to photograph as the flowers droop down.

The other Epimedium I bought is Epimedium x warleyense ‘Orangekonigin’.  This is even harder to photograph as the flowers are on wiry stems and quite spread out.

This little Lathyrus is very attractive.  I shall have to dig out my notes and try and find out which one it is.  I bought it two years ago from East Lammbrook Manor.

I thought I would finish with some of my Primulas.

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22 Comments on “GBBD April 2012 – Woodland treats

  1. All the colours look so spring fresh! It would be nice to see an overview of the woodland border. Christina

  2. I’ve never heard of epimedium before. Good to see your primulas again – I thought of you when I bought a tiny primula plant the other day called apple blossom.

  3. Such beauties! Love that purple haze – and with yellow narcissus I can only imagine how beautiful a sight that must be. Happy GBBD!

  4. I enjoyed seeing your blooms!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ bloom Day!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  5. It’s always lovely to see the garden coming in to bloom after the winter. Your garden looks great.
    gr. Marijke

  6. Really pretty! I think the Lathyrus is Lathyrus vernus, though whether it’s a variety or not…?

  7. The woodland flowers are my absolute favourites Helen 🙂 I treated myself to an erythronium ‘Pagoda’ earlier this week as I was bewitched by the flowers. With Libby on the lathyrus vernus id.

  8. It all looks gorgeous. I thought of you the other day at the RHS Great London Plant Fair. They had display of narcissus from various growers, including one little white one called ‘Segovia’, which was like a tiny version of ‘Thalia’. I thought you’d like it.

  9. My primrose love this weather and are blooming…epimediums did not appreciate the cold weather….my Erythronium which looks similar to yours in flower are also blooming…just lovely in your woodland garden!

  10. Curious about the epimedium–some of the most interesting plants are also the hardest to photograph. I don’t know this genus, but I’m intrigued enough to do some research. Happy Bloomday to you!

  11. Pagoda is also the most successful Erythronium form me. Long last bloom compared to the others. If you are just starting with Epimediums, watch how the clump grows. They are very hardy little plants and the foliage is as nice as the flowers.

  12. Erythronium japonica looks very nice in the catalogs. I’m hoping that this year’s plantings will supplement the Pagoda plants.

    • Hi Willisjww – I shall have a look at Erythronium Japonica. I have to try and remember to cut back the foliage in early spring so the flowers can be seen

  13. For me, woodland treats are the very best kind of blooms for Spring. I like the purple haze in your first photo. That’s a plant I have never grown but I guess, like Borage, once you have it once you’ll always have it 🙂

    Deutzia, is not known to me at all but I can see why it could become painting worthy 🙂

    Erythronium, is another plant on my list of keep meaning to buy plants, so delicate. However , that Epimedium x warleyense ‘Orangekonigin’ has stolen my heart in this post. Nice 😀

    • Hi Shirl
      I have always loved Honesty, I feel it must be associated with my grandma but she died a long time ago so maybe its just a wrong memory

    • Hi Mark & Gaz
      I love Epimediums as well and suspect they will be increasing in my garden over the coming years

  14. I love your Erythronium and Epimediums…. so perfect for spring. I hope to get some more varieties myself when I come upon the chance. Happy April to you!

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