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White and Purple

19 May 2017 01:01:41

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Been very lucky with the weather the past couple of days. The forecast was dismal but I took a chance and ended up with long productive days weeding and tidying only having to dash indoors for the occasional shower!

Took a few photos of things that caught my eye and was surprised to find that I seem to be a bit obsessed with white flowers at the moment.

The Purple is my Cerinthes. This year the flowers seem to be an even deeper purple than I remember and I observed several different types of bees taking full advantage - they dived in, gorged themselves and were almost drunk as they headed for the next flower!

Cerastium tomentosum 'Silberteppich' is doing its annual treat for me. In a south-facing spot it nearly explodes with the flowers!

The Irises in the last photo are a real surprise. I planted some Irises along the south borders at random about 3 years ago and only some of them flowered and they were all the deep blue ones. I'm delighted to see that many of the "blind" ones have decided to flower this year - and they appear to be all WHITE!!!

Great to be getting stuck in to the garden again. I may be working myself to a standstill but the satisfaction I am getting when I stand back and view another border "sorted" is the best reward.

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LindaB LindaB 19 May 2017 08:12:22

Looking great Hazel, love the second photo!


Jackie Jackie 19 May 2017 08:34:51

Lovely photos Hazel. You introduced me to Cerinthe almost 4 years ago now!! And it's been flowering here ever since. I love it so thank you. It's been ok this week here too. Plenty of warm sunshine even though we were told it would rain. We had a small shower yesterday afternoon but otherwise it's been nice. 

Dick Dick 19 May 2017 17:22:04

Looking good Hazel. Photo 2 looks great. Garden is still out though things are improving.

JoanG JoanG 19 May 2017 22:27:22

Your garden is looking great Hazel.  I love white and purple in the garden, great colours at any time but especially now.  Love that second photo too, the light is gorgeous. 

sallysarah sallysarah 20 May 2017 08:37:11

Lovely photos Hazel.  I had my Cerinthe for a couple of years but no where to be seen this year.  Must go down to the lady who first gave it to me - needs to be back in my garden!!  Yes, we've had much better weather than forecast.  Just two light showers yesterday so got bits and pieces done in the gdn.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 May 2017 09:02:39

Love the second photo, Hazel. It looks like a big gush of foamy water in a weir.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 May 2017 19:45:11

Thanks for all the nice comments! 

Sally - if you want some seeds I'll save them for you. You can send me your address by PM.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 May 2017 22:42:50

Your garden is looking great, Hazel. Cerinthe are always covered in bees feeding.


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