June view 2009

June view 2009
View of rose and herb garden, June 2009

Small Garden Story

Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Spring is yellow

My new grass has been thriving in the well-timed rain and sun and the garden looks extraordinarily tidy - for now.... This week the first tulips are opening bringing to a close the almost-exclusive reign of spring yellows.

Of all flower colours my least favourite is yellow - the most repugnant combination I think I've ever seen is yellow and pink in the form of laburnam and clematis montana (unhappily a perennial combination I therefore drive past every year!) but since the yellows seem to dominate in early spring I can forgive them - the heady scent of mahonia, the delicate and unexpectedly shade-loving epimedium and the tough little hardy primrose which just keeps on multiplying in my garden are all special in their own right and I just have to forgive the forsythia for its cheerfulness.

But I also love Primula vulgaris subsp. sibthorpii the magenta/purple version of the wild primrose with which it seems to cross well producing some unexpectedly pretty seedlings.

Things will be speeding up from now on - including the number of balls arriving in the garden threatening my lovely Diana Roles ceramics without which - during the recent upheavals - the garden has been looking decidedly ordinary. I wonder if I am legally permitted to adopt a no-returns policy!

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