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Epimedium 'Orange Queen'

17 March 2017 23:42:58

This epimedium is spreading into a nice clump in the front garden.  It's a good foliage plant all year and I'm delighted at how well it has flowered this spring.  They're great ground cover plants for shade, though I have it in an open spot which does get a little sun.

Thank you Fran, I just love it!

Jackie Jackie 18 March 2017 00:10:07

That is beautiful. I bought one last year, name escapes me this late, but I must go and check it out to see where it's at!!! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 March 2017 01:29:35

Smashing plant! Unusual colour too!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 March 2017 09:10:15

Very nicely positioned in that bed. :)

Jemo Jemo 18 March 2017 12:11:34

Joan is it fussy as to soil type?


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 March 2017 13:09:32

A lovely combination with the blue. One of my favourite plants and as you say, do so well in dry shade where nothing else will grow.

fraoch fraoch 18 March 2017 13:40:55

Lovely, most unusual.

Mary B Mary B 18 March 2017 15:56:58

It looks wonderful in that bed Joan

Myrtle Myrtle 18 March 2017 18:20:54

That's a really beautiful  one, Joan.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 18 March 2017 19:21:38

Looks great with blue.


Dick Dick 18 March 2017 19:40:16

Lovely plant Joan.

JoanG JoanG 18 March 2017 21:36:30

Thanks folks. Brian, they are not fussy and should do well in any garden. You just need to cut back all the foliage in early spring in order to see the little flowers when they emerge.  They will make new leaves after flowering. 

Fleurette Fleurette 18 March 2017 23:38:31

Such a successful combination.  Your plant(s) are doing so well, Joan.  Even flowering.  "Bishop's Mitre" n'est ce pas?  I have one, have had it for years.  It survives well tucked in behind other plants, and manages to have leaves -just about.  I keep it out of sentimentality.  

fran m fran m 19 March 2017 09:22:48

Glad it's doing well for you Joan, it's a super plant and bulks up quick enough.

LindaB LindaB 20 March 2017 09:20:45

Gorgeous Joan, love the colour combos.

Another Scilla

27 February 2017 21:41:36

Elizabeth posted on Saturday about her lovely Scilla messianica which was so gorgeous that I can see myself placing an order!  The other one she thought it might be was Scilla tubergiana mischtschenkoana, which I have here.  

I bought some bulbs of this a few years ago from Heritage Bulbs and am thrilled with this lovely ice blue scilla.  It bulks up nicely; I now have two pots of it and have given two more pots to a friend.  Big name for a small flower and it's a little sweetie.

fraoch fraoch 27 February 2017 22:56:55

They're gorgeous, Joan.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 February 2017 07:48:02

That is a little beauty alright.

Jackie Jackie 28 February 2017 08:04:57

Oh Wow Joan, what a beauty indeed. 

fran m fran m 28 February 2017 08:20:21

Yours are way ahead of mine Joan.

Mary B Mary B 28 February 2017 09:39:44

Ice blue for sure, gorgeous!

Fleurette Fleurette 28 February 2017 09:40:53

Such a sweet little flower, and double as well, but not with crowded petals ao that the early bumble bees can still get access.

sallysarah sallysarah 28 February 2017 11:02:56

Oh so gorgeous!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 28 February 2017 19:05:15


There they are!

20 February 2017 21:27:28

When looking back at garden photos last week, I found one of the collection of spring bulbs bought last autumn.  Ok, I remembered where I planted the tulips and daffs and the blue pearl crocus, but where did I plant the orange crocuses?  Racked my befuddled brains but could not think.  Walked round the garden but no clue.  Where could they be?

A few days later I got the answer when the first of them popped open in a pot with Iris reticulata and a few daffs to follow.  Nice combination, I thought!

Of course you'd never forget where you planted bulbs, would you? 

PeterW PeterW 20 February 2017 21:36:56

Happens me all the time haha always forget where I plant things. lovely combination in he pot

Fleurette Fleurette 20 February 2017 22:47:32

Didn't I do the same today looking for my Black Lace Primulas? Found them - great. 

Lovely combination.  What will you do when they go over?  Feed and place pot aside till next year?  I have a few pots coming on as well.  I never used to do this.  

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 February 2017 22:50:28

Ha ha nice find, Joan. :) I think everyone of us are a bit like that when it comes to bulbs.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 21 February 2017 00:28:45

spring bulbs to me are a wonderful surprise - especially when they decide to migrate!

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 21 February 2017 20:40:55

I'm so like that, thinking sure ill remeber no bother, nah never happens, I love your pot of colour

Jackie Jackie 22 February 2017 07:27:58

Lol this could easily be my journal. Isnt it a lovely surprise when they do pop up in places. I'm being surprised everyday!!!! 

A little sunshine

18 February 2017 21:43:16

Had a really enjoyable afternoon in the garden yesterday, cutting back penstemons, tidying up and pruned roses.  It was mild and the sun came out for a while, which made all the difference to the crocuses and other spring flowers.

Hope you all get chance to enjoy your gardens this weekend.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 February 2017 22:26:20

Really lovely pictures Joan. Obviously the result of lots of hard work!

fraoch fraoch 18 February 2017 22:51:55

I'm laughing at how your Scillas are relishing their comfortable home compared to my poor one! All your photos are lovely and the plants really flourishing.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 February 2017 23:01:10

Lovely album and that hellebore in photo no.18 is fantastic. Your have a lovely sprinkle of snowdrops around the garden and of course a super display of Iris 'Katherine Hodgkins'. A very nice job done on your path.

fran m fran m 19 February 2017 08:26:40

Super album Joan, all looking super as usual.

PeterW PeterW 19 February 2017 08:40:31

Great to get out and get some done now that the days are getting milder. I think  a lot of us managed to get out recently which really lifts the spirits. Love the album and the Katherine Hodgkins luke fantastic as so the few clumps of Crocus in the garden and also like the new stepping stones you put down a great job.

Fleurette Fleurette 20 February 2017 00:03:43

Such a lovely album, Joan, of a perfect garden.  Every plant is as happy as can be! Its a joy to behold.


JoanG JoanG 20 February 2017 20:22:01

Thanks folks.  Mary, that lovely hellebore was a gift from Krista and has now bulked up well.  I see Keego has posted a photo of the same one.  Unfortunately, I have no name for it. Had to move it in flower when laying the path, luckily it didn't object!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 February 2017 23:58:44

Three beauties!

And a wonderful album too!

Small revamp

30 January 2017 22:21:17

After years of trying to tread carefully in the back border to tend to plants, I've decided to run a stepping path of paving slabs through it for better access, and taking the opportunity for a partial revamp of the planting in this area.

In late summer I drastically cut back the winter jasmine on the long north-facing wall which had got so overgrown.  It will take a few years for it to re-flower properly though we have had some flowers this winter. I've moved a few plants and bulbs and dug out the squares; hoping to get the path laid (with some help) later this week or early next week.  Then I have a new tree to plant and will probably refresh some other planting as the year goes on.  Will keep you posted. 

Keego Keego 30 January 2017 22:28:23

This will give you easier access to all your plants and will be a nice feature. It is a chance to add some new plants as well. What tree are you planting in 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 31 January 2017 07:55:10

This time of year is a good time to get jobs like this done. Your soil look very good, beautifully dark. 

Jackie Jackie 31 January 2017 08:04:11

Oh what a terrific job, something I want too but..........in time hopefully. Yes wonderful soil Joan :) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 January 2017 08:18:55

That's going to look great, and will be much easier to manage too.

fraoch fraoch 31 January 2017 10:47:00

Yes, stepping between plants is a pain and could cause injury to either the plant or the person! Looks as if that will be a great job .

Lìga Lìga 31 January 2017 12:35:53

Great idea,,i was thinking to put stepping stones in to my borders,for same reason.

LindaB LindaB 31 January 2017 17:15:55

Looking good now, can't wait to see the finished result.

PeterW PeterW 31 January 2017 21:11:51

brilliant idea and much more comfortable to work in there now and no hopping of stepping on things

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 February 2017 19:48:26

Isn't it amazing how we all get inspired to take on new projects at this time of year! Thats a really good idea! Having just spent a week on hands and knees crawling through my main herbaceous border I can definitely see where you are coming from!

Scrubber Scrubber 14 February 2017 20:06:54

Joan are the holes a bit deep or do you intend putting in hard core and cementing them in? Im afraid I just lay the slabs their own depth. lovely soil!

JoanG JoanG 14 February 2017 21:58:26

Well spotted, Peter!  The ground is uneven and I was over-enthusiastic with the digging and did have to put back some of the soil. We laid the slabs on a dry mix, not cemented in.  Seems ok so far. 


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