Sunday, 16 June 2013

The spring garden.

We have just experienced a typical week of summer weather, torrential rain and high winds so I am now growing virtually horizontal candelabra primulas and the petals on meconopsis have been stripped within a few days. It seems to have settled down a bit now so, fingers crossed, we may have enough of a respite for things to recover.

This picture sort of sums up what I am all about, a few candelabra primulas at the front, probably Primula japonica and Primula bulleyana ssp. bulleyana behind which there are some meconopsis cultivars, in fact two distinct types, which are from home collected seed, so they could be anything, although probably all are forms of Meconopsis baileyi. These are surrounding Cardiocrinum giganteum which is heading for the skies. The background is Azalea 'Persil' AGM , the feathery foliage that can be glimpsed is Ligularia przewalskii and the roundish leaves at bottom right are those of Caltha palustris alba, all of which are growing in the shade of an ancient horse-chestnut tree.

 The first picture is taken from the mid right of this one, hostas, more meconopsis, polygonatums, lilies, ferns, aquilegias etc. can be seen. The primulas at the front, which are now pretty well horizontal, are Primula pulverulenta and the acer is Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'.

  In a slightly more open part of the garden, Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' - My super shrub, the only thing against it is that it is not evergreen, but with increasing problems with viburnum beetle, although I have never known it to be affected, it is probably not too bad a thing. Until I recently retired I have had to uproot several specimens of Viburnum tinus which had been devastated. The tiered branches of deeply veined leaves are covered in white flowers which slowly turn pink. A few weeks later you start to notice the bright red berries which last until the winter. What more can you ask of a plant? The tall plant in the foreground is Meconopsis napaulensis, the shrub next to the viburnum is Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea' which thankfully has just finished flowering as it does have a terrible scent. Unfortunately I have had to cut a way in to the barely visible shed doorway which rather spoils the tiered effect of the viburnum on one side.
Blooms -close up
Blooms - fading

Autumn foliage (slightly fuzzy picture)

 Monty Don referred to 'bark-based compost' last week instead of the usual 'peat-free'. Are we making progress?

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