‘Spring is showery, flowery, bowery’….the words of the old rhyme don’t always apply to spring in these parts, but this year, they’re particularly apt. More rain fell during the week and the back lawn is even spongier than ever. It has been cold as well, and cloudy, but that hasn’t stopped a massive growth spurt – from weeds too. My forensic examination each morning includes a few large handfuls of weeds to be added to the council green waste. Flowers are opening all over the garden in joyous appreciation of the season, even though it seems less sunny than usual.
I’m joining in with the Six on Saturday crowd again. SoS is an ever-expanding group of gardeners from all over, who showcase what is happening in their gardens each week. To see what other gardeners have going on, do follow this link to our leader, the Propagator’s page.
Number one, above, is a section of the front garden where Leptospermum consorts with Ceonothus, Weigela and Heliochrysum petiolare to create a pleasing pastiche of colour. The Leptospermum, whose name I’ve misplaced, is so gorgeous I’m adding a closeup of it below.
Two: I moaned last time I posted about the lack of blue irises, and as if to ridicule me, this one appeared by the mirror. I’m very glad to see its glorious colour.
Three: Rosa rugosa, grown from a rootlet from a friend’s garden, pulled up in the direst of circumstances during the drought, is enjoying the clement weather and glowing with health.
Four: A group of back garden inhabitants. Scilla peruviana hughii has proven to be quite a thug, surprisingly. It’s getting ready to drop even more seeds. I’m going to have to do some serious culling in this area, but for the time being I’m quite enjoying the mass planting that has established itself here.
Five: This is the first time the artichokes have reached such great heights as in the past the weather has been far too hot. They are in the flower garden, but that’s ok as I like their sculptural shapes, and their leaves contrast beautifully with the leaves of the Prunus blireana which rather dramatically dropped all its leaves overnight last autumn. It has returned better than ever, thankfully.
Six: More irises. These came from the same garden and in the same circumstances as the Rosa rugosa, and they haven’t missed a beat.
Those are my six for this week. Don’t forget you can enjoy reading other sixes on the Propagator’s blog.
Weather today: Cloudy and cool. 7 – 16 C . Happy gardening, everyone. 🌱