Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: April 2017

Dicentra spectablis ‘Valentine’

I have finally got my act together and am joining in with the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day meme for the first time in 2017. I thought I would start with Dicentra spectablis ‘Valentine’ as I moved it last Autumn, from a position where it was hidden and sad, and it has rewarded me with some wonderful blooms.

I featured my new tulips in my last post.  This is a lone tulip which has appeared in one of the borders and is a stray from a previous year.  I am rather pleased with the feathering on the petals which have shown up well in this photo.

Lunaria annua

The honesty (lunaria annua) is so tall this year, I suspect because of the additional light in the garden.  Over the years I have grown a number of different ones included white and purple and those with variegated leaves – the result is a random selection of white and purple variegated leaves and different shades of purple flowers.

Sweet violets, are wild flowers, which pop up around the garden of their own accord, I have never planted them; such a wonderful blue.

Bluebells appear around the boundary of my garden.  They are from a small clump I bought from my parents’ garden when we moved here and I have now got to the point where I am dig them up and removing them as they are so prolific.

Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’

I can never remember the name of this plant except it is named after Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram – the cherry reflecting his passion for Japanese flowering cherries.  So every year I have to google Cherry Ingram to find the proper name of the plant.  This year it is looking better than it has ever looked – much healthier and floriferous.


The garden is moving into its blue phase not just because of the bluebells and forget-me-nots but also, and probably mainly, because the Big Border is full of Camassias which are just coming into flower.  I can’t wait for them to all flower as it should be quite beautiful.

The first Rhododendron is flowering.  I have always had a fondness for rhododendrons as they remind me of my childhood and visiting Saville Gardens, near Windsor, not far from where I grew up.  Looking at the photograph the leaves look a little unhealthy so I will have to look into that.

The yellow of the daffodils is now being replaced by the yellow of primulas and also auriculas.  I have quite a few auriculas grown from seed but they are all the same colour as above despite the packet, a few years back now, saying they were mixed.  I have them growing in a row of terracotta pots along the top of the wall where I can see them from the kitchen and they are very cheering first thing in the morning.

There is also lime yellow coming from the Bupleurum longifolium which I think I might have managed to establish at last in the garden after many attempts.

Thank you to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this meme which brings so many of the garden blogging community together every month on the 15th.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve not heard of the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day before. I’ll have to do a search to find out about it as I’d love to participate too. Love what you shared, the colours are beautiful. Such a lovely garden you must have.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Cathy
      Check out May Dream Gardens, she hosts the meme

  2. Cathy says:

    Lovely pictures and plants, Helen! And what a great idea to put your auriculas in pots where you can see them from the kitchen. They are perfect little jewels, aren’t they? I can’t get Lunaria to self-seed very well on my clay (I keep trying – more seed this year) – so lovely to enjoy yours. Happy Easter!

  3. Chloris says:

    Lovely spring flowers. Oh you have D. Valentine too, I bought it this year, what a stunner it is.

  4. Lovely pictures Helen. We, the volunteer gardeners at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle are plannning to start our own blog to share and learn. ( we have enthusiam but limited knowledge). We have a few honesty plants in the garden which I think have blown in from elsewhere. Their colour at this time of year is a bonus. Do you keep yours in check or are they allowed to pop up elsewhere in your garden?

  5. What a wonderful array of colours!

  6. Lea says:

    I like the bold pink color of the Honesty
    Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

  7. Cathy says:

    That dark leaved dicentra looks lovely, hmm, have I got space for one…?

  8. rusty duck says:

    Another fan of the dicentra here, the leaves alone are almost enough. I shall have to get more camassias for next year too. The voles have left me one.. it looks rather lonely!

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