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trip round the garden


I think my brain has soaked up too much sun today – so just a trip round the garden without too many words.

Firstly the Aquilegias. I was really worried that they would be wishy washy and they aren’t – lovely.

The basic shape of the flower is incredibly variable. This purple one seems to me to be pretty close to the basic European native. I particularly like the dark purple ones – though it is sad that the colour develops so gradually: this is not a flower that looks good in the making.

Bumblebees cant cope with the flower so they just chew through the top to get at the nectar – naughty things.

I think this one is even nicer – what a lovely black beauty. The only problem is that it is quite small and vulnerable given how many more there are. I may have to label it to prevent it being weeded out!

This is another lovely one – more like a grannies knickers!

This is the philadelphus with ornithogalum umbellata in front of it. The ornithogalum is known as star of bethlehem and I am told in my book that it can become a weed. I’m fine with that – sure beats the dock that you can see by the side.

This next photo is the common male fern – dryopteris felix mas. As you can see it has taken a little frost damage with the late frost so I have been picking it off.

And this is the second geranium into flower. I havent got a positive id on this yet – but it looks like the type that will survive shade – where it is it gets a lot of sun from 11 onwards, but it is happily coexisting with the Rose of Sharon and wild garlic so I’m happy.

Continuing the easy theme – I have a nice patch of forget me nots – which I think is a really funny name because you can do exactly that – plant them once and forget all about them.

More wild garlic.

As you may have spotted – most of the plants are the easy version!

This is a spurge – not sure which one but they are all as tough as old boots and I love them all – luckily I am not that sensitive to the sap – I just try not to get much on my wrists.

Those of you who have been following this will know that I have been weeding in favour of the meconopsis – the Welsh Poppy. These are lovely they are yellow stained orange in quite a sweet pattern.

Finally I think I ought to leave you with something that proves that I do actually do some gardening and don’t just let it all get on with itself. Here is a yellow cistus which was actually buried underneath the white saxifrage that you can see in the background.

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You have some lovely flowers Sarah. Like you I`m a fan of Aquilegia and have one called `purple emporer`. The flowers are very small and they look a bit on the weedy side, I hope they improve with time. :o)

22 May, 2010


Lovely blog Sarah, I surprised myself today when I realised I now have 12 Aquilegias in and around the back garden. Such pretty flowers, in sun or shade too ! Love the Welsh Poppies and must get some . : o ) )

22 May, 2010


love it all, thank you for sharing....

22 May, 2010


Thanks Guys - I think that the aqs look great when they are out but they spend so long looking leggy and rather washed out before they get there. My favourite time is now when the light is going and the white ones bob in the twilight.

Shirley the welsh poppies look nice treat with the aquilegias - I think the pink ones might look even better though: a couple of packets of seed are called for next year I think - cant remember the name - something angels. Beautiful!

22 May, 2010


Thanks Sarah, I'll look out for those seeds. : o ) )

22 May, 2010


I have loads of aquilegias too. the geranium looks like G phaeum. lovely blog.

22 May, 2010


Itsbeen a scorcher, hasnt it. thermometer measured 84 in the shade! i dont have as many Aquilegias as I would like. I love the poppies too. The wild garlic looks great at this time of year

23 May, 2010


looking lovely sarah and hope your enjoying the sunshine ;o))

25 May, 2010

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