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JoanG's Journal April 2017

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Tulips galore at June Blake's

28 April 2017 21:49:10

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Finding myself with a free morning last Sunday, I headed off to June Blake's garden for a couple of hours soaking up her wonderful tulip display.

As you can see, she has planted mainly rich colours.  June leaves her tulips in the ground, where they last for a good few years, and she adds some to the mix each year. The cool weather this week should have kept the show going for anyone who gets a chance to visit over this weekend.  June has created a beautiful garden, lovely to visit at any time. 

Light and dark planter

18 April 2017 21:05:31
Light and dark planter

Light and dark planter

In an attempt to cut down on the number of pots in the garden (haha) and do more combination planting, I've planted a light-and-dark pot with Clematis 'Pixie', Viola 'Molly Sanderson', Iris 'Kilmurry Black' and Iberis sempervirens which will have white flowers. All were hanging around on the "plants in waiting shelf".

So far I'm pleased.  The Clematis had been neglected in a small pot and has forgiven me by flowering already; the two violas have also started flowering and it's fingers crossed for the Iris.  I may change the Iberis for something else later as otherwise it will probably take over the pot.  

'Pink Chablis'

14 April 2017 21:35:14

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No, not wine, but this pretty Lamium which Myrtle gave me a couple of years ago and is flowering really well now.  I planted it between stepping stone slabs in the front garden where its silvery leaves lighten up this shady area. 

Thanks Myrtle, it's a great plant for what could be a difficult spot. 

Omphalodes 'Starry Eyes'

13 April 2017 22:06:47
Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes'

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes'

Thanks to Mary and Paddy (Gracedieu), I have this delightful shade plant in the garden here for a couple of years and it's starting to spread out gently underneath an ever-so-slowing growing witch hazel. 

I love the clear blue star shape against the white-edged flowers, really small but lots of them and so pretty. 

Sorry I haven't been posting or commenting much lately; our creaking broadband is getting even slower. 

Mukdenia rossii

06 April 2017 21:52:18

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This is a plant which makes me smile when it appears in spring, as it totally disappears over winter.  It produces a nice clump of soft green foliage which takes on reddish tones through summer and gives spectacular early autumn colour.  

It needs partial shade and some moisture to do well.  At this time of year the reward for growing it are these dainty sprays of spring flowers.  It grows slowly and I'm looking forward to it spreading more as I really like it. 

Three Primulas

03 April 2017 22:14:05

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I do like primulas and have quite a few, most doing well so far but a few which I divided after flowering last year have dwindled and are looking poorly now.  Is this normal, does anyone know?

Among those thriving are 'Wanda', photographed after the rain, and the lovely little 'Kinlough Beauty' which Margot (Fleurette) gave me at Johnstown.  This has small leaves and dainty pink flowers with little white markings when you look closely.  The flower is more pink in reality than in the photo.

And also the white Primula 'Carraigdale' which I rescued from the plant trolley at Lidl ... in a broken pot, bone dry and drooping.  It's looking happier now. 

Tulip time

03 April 2017 21:31:52

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The warm weather recently has brought all the tulips out, a little earlier than last year I think.

I was pleased to see 'Appeldoorn' and 'Appeldoorn Elite' in the back border come back reliably despite the digging around them to lay the path.  

The patio pots are my annual indulgence.  This time I planted a few crocuses and daffs as well to extend the interest.  The tulips are 'Synaeda Amor' (pink) and a purple mix which has more to come.

And in the front garden 'Ballerina' and 'Daydream' brighten the driveway bed.



Beechgrove is back

01 April 2017 21:27:13


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