A Wet Saturday


It has rained heavily for 48 hours on and off which is good as the garden has had a good soaking and the water butts are full or even overflowing.  However, it does mean there has been no gardening for me today.  In fact all I managed outside was to water the greenhouse, which seems somewhat mad, when the rain is bashing on the glass, and to take a few photos as I like the softness rain brings to plants.

I am really pleased with the driveway border at the moment.  Any one who has read this blog for some time will know my struggle to engage with the front garden and how I really tried to put some effort into it last year.  My efforts are now paying off which is very satisfying and encouraging.  The bright orange Tulip Ballerina have gone over and have been cut back.  They are now followed by Alliums and Nectaroscordum which are actually holding their heads up this year, presumably due to the wet winter we have had.  I am also enjoying the white potentilla which has come into its own after about 3 years of sulking.

Iris Bumblebee Deelite
Iris Bumblebee Deelite

I really like this Iris.  It is a smaller flower than many of the other bearded irises, less blowsy and I think this helps it stand up to the weather.  I think the veining on the falls is quite special possibly more butterfly like than bee like.

Buddleja salviifolia
Buddleja salviifolia

Talking of butterflies the new buddleja has started to flower and the scent is quite intoxicating despite there only being two flowers at the moment.  I am sure when it has had a chance to establish it will be stunning.  I have planted it behind the new bench with the idea that you will be able to enjoy the scent whilst sitting in the garden.  No sign of any butterflies yet but hopefully they will be attracted to it soon.


An unknown Aquilegia which must be self-sown as I never buy Aquilegias given they are so easy to grow from seed.  I am sure this is a new appearance this year.  It is quite tall and I like the way the flower head drops.  It is also a simple flower very different from the normal complex Aquilegia flowers.  I might collect the seeds on the off chance that they come true although with the number I have in the garden it is unlikely.

Arisaema speciosum
Arisaema speciosum

The Arisaema speciosum are flowering better than ever before and I was feeling rather pleased that I had relocated them to the old bog garden thinking the moisture was helping.  However I heard recently that although they like humus rich soil they also like good drainage and not having their feet in the wet – opps.  I may have to rethink.


Finally a Libertia, variety unknown, which is flowering its socks off in the front garden in the shelter of the laurel hedge.

Hopefully the weather will be drier tomorrow so I can get on and play.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. pianolearner says:

    It has been a bit of a stinker today hasn’t it…
    Hope the rest of the long weekend improves.

  2. hoehoegrow says:

    Everything seems to be holding up despite the rain, Helen. That Aquilegia is an interesting form, not like any I’ve seen previously, but very attractive. I hope it does come true for you, when you sow the seed.
    We are having torrential rain up here in the Midlands, and it has spread-eagled all my lupins, flat on the ground. Very depressing. Mind you, if only I’d staked them earlier, it would never have happened …
    Hope you have a good gardening day tomorrow !

  3. rusty duck says:

    Ha! I’m glad I am not the only one who waters the greenhouse in the rain. The trouble is, the roof of mine leaks so it is not an entirely pleasant experience. And then of course, when you need more water…
    That Iris is a lovely one.

  4. Yvonne Ryan says:

    How lovely – it’s hard to remember when you put the winter photos in and pretty bare. we had much needed rain overnight. Saw two water tankers yesterday delivering water to people that are not on city water. Helped plant our steep (was grass) bank 200m x 20m with native bird trees and bush. We have a sanctuary fairly close but the birds need corridors to spread more. The Peninsula used to be all bush until man came along and chopped it all down and left barren clay. Man is such a destroyer. Quite a bit of pine ad macrocapa trees were planted about a hundred years ago and the are now so ugly and dangerous and only useful for firewood. If they were chopped down one tree would be enough for ten families for ten years they are so big. Hopefully this generation is becoming more aware!!

  5. sueturner31 says:

    It has certainly been a testing time lately…all my roses seem to want to bloom at the same time,but just as it rains. I also have a front garden that gives me moments of despair but that’s the challenge we as gardeners take on, enjoy you bank holiday W/E.

  6. Aga says:

    Rain, rain, go away because my mum is coming from polish “tropics” and she doesn’t like the cold. And it would be nice for our plants to bath in some sun and warmth:)

  7. Anna says:

    A most attractive aquilegia arrival Helen. Here it poured buckets on the day of our garden club plant sale so no gardening, whilst today I’ve managed the odd half hour here and there between the showers. Hope that you have fared better.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Anna
      Showers here so I went garden visiting where it poured only to get home and find it had been dry!

  8. Pauline says:

    We were away for the weekend so seem to have missed most of the rain, Back home in Devon the County Show was closed on the last day because of the rain and cars getting stuck in the mud. Your Aquilegia is very pretty, I hope it comes true from seed for you and I like the alliums in your front border, they are such good plants at this time of year.

  9. Cathy says:

    Is that the potentilla in front of the alliums in that first picture? It really sets them off well. The spurless aquilegia is intriguing, isn’t it?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Cathy
      Yes it is a white potentilla in front of the alliums. I planted it about 3 years ago and this is the first year it has really done well.

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