I’m starting this month’s GBBD post (possibly the first one this year) with a favourite plant at the moment which I think is very overlooked, Lathyrus vernus; I also think the photo is rather nice. This is the pink version but the most common is a blue/purple version.
If you don’t know it then I would recommend it to you. Part of the pea family, a low growing perennial which appears at this time of year, flowers and then disappears so good to plant around late summer perennials to keep the interest going.
Just by the Lathyrus vernus is this herbaceous clematis (I have no idea of its name) which picks up the colour well, albeit it unplanned.
The garden has had a lovely display of Narcissus over the last month which is still going strong. I added quite a few new varieties to the main border, having identified that it looked a little flat this time last year. They have made a real difference and I want to do the same in some other parts of the garden for next year.
The tulips are just starting to flower. There are a few variegated ones which will be opening in the next week but I thought I would share this rogue one. It doesn’t bear any resemblance to any of the other tulips I have added so I am assuming it is a rogue bulb that got into the wrong bag at the bulb merchants – however, it is rather gorgeous.
Last of the bulbs that I thought I would share this month – Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’. I’m not the biggest fan of the general Muscari as they spread everywhere and produce a disproportionate amount of foliage but ‘Valerie Finnis’ is very different. I love the pale blue flowers and it seems to be fairly well behaved in terms of foliage.
Just by the Muscari ‘Valeria Finnis’ is Hertia cheirifolia which I added last summer. I bought it on a trip for its grey succulent foliage so the flowers are a bonus.
A couple of my epimediums, they do have labels but they are buried well beneath the plants. I do like epimediums, their foliage is a great foil for other plants during the year and then at this time of year there is the added bonus of these dainty flowers although sometimes you could be forgiven of overlooking them.
A finally, my little Magnolia stellata. I have had this for years and it just sat there doing nothing, so I moved it a few years ago to a different location with more shade, better drainage, and less competition and it has rewarded me with a growth spurt and now I can see a flutter of white flowers from my living room window.
I hope you enjoyed my highlights for this month and thank you to Carol for hosting this wonderful meme.