Plant of the Moment: Digitalis ferruginea

The plant of the moment is definitely the Digitalis ferruginea also known as the Rusty Foxglove.  I grew these from seed probably two years ago and this is their first year of flowering and the wait has certainly been worth it. Why Rusty Foxglove? Well I think the colours give  that away and the stem…

Plant of the moment: Molopospernum peloponnesiaam

How can you not be tempted by a plant with a name like Molopospermum peloponnesiacum?  I am becoming increasingly fond of this plant.  It was bought in May 2012 from Crug Plants and so right from the start it has fond memories associated with it of time spent with gardening friends.  I feel for the…

My Garden This Weekend – 16th June

Instead of showing you views of the garden this weekend I am going to show you some of my star plants this week.  I was feeling a little sorry for myself on Friday and Saturday due to a sore back and my grumpiness meant that I forgot about Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and my monthly…

Plant of the Moment: Mahonia x Media ‘Charity’

I know it isn’t considered very fashionable but I rather like Mahonias particularly at this time of year when they come into their own. Mahonias come from north and central America and East Asia, particularly the rocky and woodland areas.  They were named after Bernard M’Mahon, an Irish political refugee, who opened a seed shop…

Plant of the Moment: Aster Umbellatus

I find myself being drawn more and more to species plants rather than hybrids.  A case in point is the Aster umbellatus which resides on in the Daisy Border on the slope.  It flowers before the other Asters and daisy type flowers in my garden and is very popular with pollinators. Aster umbellatus is a…

Primula sikkimensis – fasciation

My growing addiction to Primulas has resulted in me starting to buy some more unusual varieties.  One of this year’s purchases was Primula sikkimensis from Kevock Gardens in Scotland.  When I opened the parcel back early in the year I have to admit that the plant didn’t look that inspiring but I potted it up…

Plant of the Moment – Star-of-Bethlehem

Now I am a very patient person as many of you know, particularly when it comes to plant propagation.  However, I am also quite realistic and admit that sometimes there must be an easier way to acquire something.  Case in point is the Star-of-Bethlehem.  I tried probably three years on the trot to grow this…

Plant of the Moment: Leopards Bane

There are some plants that just seem to be out of tune with the seasons.  The Doronicum pardalianches (or Leopard’s Bane) is one of those.  It is flowering away in my garden at the moment but when you see it the reaction is shouldn’t that be flowering when the other daisies are flowering in late…

Plant of the moment – Aquilegia canadensis

I love Aquilegia as anyone who reads this blog will know and particularly the ones with long spurs.  I have a new love – Aquilegia canadensis.  It is a real firecracker in the border singing out across the garden.  To be honest, being somewhat forgetful, I wondered what the small orange and yellow flowers shouting…

Plant of the Moment: Arisarum proboscideum

I may be patient but I am also incredibly forgetful when it comes to names and what is growing in my garden.  It doesn’t bother me too much as I do remember I have plants when I see something in a nursery and then there is always the surprise and pleasure when I discover a…

I adore tulips

I am seriously chuffed with my tulips this year despite the colours not being quite what I expected.  It is all very pink and girly and the flowers are really working well with the blossom on the prunus and amelanchier. I think my Cottage Garden Border is beginning to look good. The variety in the…