It has rained today and it seems that in the matter of a morning, the garden has stood up, greened up and geared up again, rejuvenated and ready for more of the rampant flowering that has delighted us for the last few weeks. The bulbs and irises are almost over now and others have taken their place in the race to bloom that occurs when the weather warms up.
One: Above, a clamorous gathering of Gaillardia ‘Arizona Sun’ sharing a bed with Salvia and Dianthus. I have a number of salvia labels and this one doesn’t quite match any of them. Could be ‘Merleau Rose’. Or ‘Merleau Blue’. Or something in between.
Two: In the ‘purple corner’, Alyssum, Salvia (possibly Ostfriesland) and Centaurea dealbata
Three: Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’ and Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Alba’.
Four: A longer view of the garden with a lot of white flowers. Rosa ‘Radox Bouquet’- who thinks of these names?- is just beginning to flower. I didn’t prune the roses as hard this year as I’m hoping for a taller presence from them. It’s an experiment yet to be evaluated.
This morning early I went out and sprinkled rose food around….great timing!
Five: Lousiana iris ‘Nutcote’. Nutcote is the home of Australian May Gibbs (1877-1969), the author of the iconic book ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ amongst other titles, and her characters such as the Bad Banksia Men and Bib and Bub are well known to many Australians ‘of a certain age’. This iris was hybridised by Heather Pryor in 1999 and I was lucky enough to be given some rhizomes by a good friend who was closely involved with the preservation of May Gibbs’ beautiful harbourside home in Sydney. I visited the house, which is open to the public, a couple of weeks ago, and ‘Nutcote’ irises were blooming in the garden.
Six: Some kind of Amaryllis looking perfect. I have to enjoy it now as it will most probably be devoured by the local gastropods by tomorrow morning.
As ever, I am joining in with the Six on Saturday crowd presided over by Jon aka The Propagator. Follow this link to enjoy gardens from other parts of the world.
Weather today: Rain, thunder. 17-23 degrees C. Happy gardening, everyone.