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My garden after I've been away for a few days.

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It’s a pleasure to go on holiday for a while but the pleasure on seeing your garden on your return home is immeasurable. I was amazed at the growth while we’ve been away. The first impression you get is how green and vibrant everything looks. Although the tulips have been and gone other plants are bursting forth. The first thing I noticed was how much growth the Dicentra had put on….
Dicentra Spectabilis…

Dicentra Valentine…

Dicentra Formosa

Dicentra Formosa

Some of the Clematis are opening their buds…
Clematis Montana TetraRose…

Clematis Montana Grandiflora…

Clematis cartmanii White Abundance…

The Crab Apple is looking splendid…plenty of fruit to make the crac apple jelly in the autumn..fingers crossed…

I love to see this Spirea Bridal Wreath when it’s covered in blossom as it is now…

The white bells and the forget-me-not have gone bonkers because I haven’t been around to tame them…lol.


A couple of Iris are out already…

A few Aquillegia are flowering too…j

The graceful arching stems of the Solomans Seals (Polygonatum) are one of my favourites until late Autumn when the catapillars have a feast on them…?

These Monarda are kept imprisoned in this border, they do have a tendency to spread like wildfire if given half a chance. Whoops, corrected, thankfully, by Sterra… they aren’t Monarda they are Centaurea. :o)


It looks like the paeonia are preparing to burst forth…

Another shrub/tree I love is this Weigela Florida Victoria. It will look beautiful in another few days…


Tomorrow we can make a start on lawn mowing and tidying up the borders. Can’t wait to get stuck in….lol ?

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Lovely lot of colour there Hb ... do you get home and put the washing machine on ... then go and check on the garden? That always seems to be my plan!

13 May, 2016

 

Definitely garden first, then washing....
Hb, Check - I think you'll find the Monarda are Centaurea montana - enthusiastic spreaders.
You've got some lovelies there - hasn't the Dicentra done well?

13 May, 2016

 

Oh! definitely garden first then a decent cuppa whilst I sort the washing, lol.
Whoops. Of course they are Centaurea, where did the Monarda come from!!!...lol

13 May, 2016

 

Just found out about the Monarda Stera! I have ruthlessly pulled out loads of the Centaurea montana over the past week, it can be a thug. My Mother always grew it, so it's a sentimental thing, but I don't want the whole garden full of it!
Like a fool I bought what was supposed to be the purple one of these - this year it has one purple flower and the rest blue - what a waste when I am already over-run with it. Back to your lovely garden, isn't it amazing how everything has suddenly taken off and filled the garden with blossom. Our old crab apple which was cut almost to a stump has shot up again, full of blossom, but also amongst the electricity wires again! I adore that Dicentra Valentine, much more pretty than my pink ones.

13 May, 2016

 

What a treat to come home to! Almost the best thing about a holiday is coming back to the garden . . . I ADORE your Clematis 'abundance' - will look out for that one. Thanks Hb :)

14 May, 2016

 

Wonder if our garden would do that if we went away for a few days????

14 May, 2016

 

Thje Dicentras are beautiful......evrything seems to be growing like mad at the moment includuing the grass, unfortunately!!!

14 May, 2016

 

HB you're so like me when we've been away...the garden has to be checked first...and isn't it amazing how much growth happens in such a short time in the month of May? I can't bear to be away from my garden, for more than a couple of days, during the months of late April to late October as there seems to be so much to do and so much happening in the garden...barmy I know.
Your Dicentras are particular lovely bytheway.

14 May, 2016

 

So much colour, you are weeks ahead of my garden. Envious of you Dicentra.

14 May, 2016

 

Thanks so much for your lovely comments Honeysuckle, Sheila ,Stera, Paul, Waddy and Dawn. The Dicentra does really well every year for me. I'm grateful to Siris for gifting me the grey leaved one. I'm very lucky that they like where I planted them in my garden. I took some root from the common one 2 years ago and put it in the garden further up and its grown strongly. I'm thinking of trying another bit right at the top to see if it will grow there too.
Sheila, the clematis Abundance is in a tub on the garage roof, west facing and is exposed to the coldest and the hottest weather. It's very hardy and usually flowers from January. It was quite a bit later this year.

15 May, 2016

 

Your garden is a credit to you HB, your Dicentra are amazing!

15 May, 2016

 

Thanks Dawn, bless you. I must take a photo of some I planted in my mothers windy, shady side garden. They are fantastic.

16 May, 2016

 

Thanks Hb . . . must admit I've never heard of anyone growing a clematis in a tub on a garage roof before, but it's obviously happy there!

16 May, 2016

 

Lol, that does sound weird doesn't it. (It's a flat roof on the same level as the kitchen floor.). We don't have to climb a ladder to it....?

16 May, 2016

 

So relieved . . .!

16 May, 2016

 

Can certainly relate to that feeling of holiday return,HB.....Even a day before we leave,I think I've trimmed enough foliage to lessen the burden when I return,but sadly not!!!

19 May, 2016

 

Nice to see your Dicentras. None of mine came back this year ...

20 May, 2016

 

Lol Meadowland.
Oh! dear, Hywel. That's so disappointing. I wonder why..

22 May, 2016

 

Hb, I thought of this blog yesterday when we returned home from 6 days away as the plants in my garden have shot up and out! Amazing how many flowers are now in bloom :o)

22 May, 2016

 

They seem to grow so slowly when you are watching them, but go away for a few days and they go mad Shirley...lol

24 May, 2016

 

That's so true ... the taller Aquilegias especially are full of flowers ... just buds when we left! Same with some of the climbing Roses :o)

24 May, 2016

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