This last week we managed to get away to Dorset for a little break. It’s the first holiday in well over a year and it was lovely. Yes, we had plenty of rain (and 65 mph winds), but there were gorse-covered heaths, sea, sandy beaches, blustery cliff tops and quaint towns to explore. Meanwhile, back home, in a seemingly orchestrated way, my brilliant neighbour dealt with the simultaneous arrival of multiple packets of plug plants from all over the show: Hayloft, Sarah Raven and J.Parkers. Oops! They are all doing splendidly though, so today I’ve been busy potting them on. Of course, the garden has been getting on with things in our absence, so this post picks out some freshly opened beauties. I’m joining The Propagator for his weekly gardening meme, Six on Saturday
1 Cedric Morris Irises
These were a bargain buy from Plant Heritage last year: a choice of six plants from a limited selection of Cedric Morris Irises. It looks like they will all flower in the near future, but so far Iris ‘Benton Cordelia’ and ‘Strathmore’ are open:
Look at those orange beards!
2 Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’
OK, I am not totally sure of this ID as the plant was unlabelled on the plant stall, but it was nevertheless irresistible! It does look like the babies of ‘Dark Reiter’ that I am growing from seed, but perhaps its leaves are slightly less dark and incised … and, of course, I can’t compare flowers yet. However, I am pleased to see that it has returned and is in flower after an exceptionally wet winter.
3 Euphorbia stygiana
This lovely statuesque shrub is in flower in a tub to left of the greenhouse. Its sticky flowers smell like dilute honey. I don’t know how that compares with E. mellifera, but I suspect the scent is much less strong.
4 Sanguisorba ‘Red Thunder’
I particularly love the look of this burnet before it flowers. It looks more three dimensional somehow and maybe a bit more vicious:
5 Scilla hyacinthoides
A quick poke around the greenhouse when we got back revealed that this Scilla had opened. Sadly I can see some greenfly on the flowering spike, so I need to make up some detergent spray pronto.
6 The Fringe Cup plant
Tellima grandiflora, aka the Fringe Cup plant, for obvious reasons, has sent up lots of flowering spikes this year. As the flowers fade they take on a pink tinge, which is rather endearing.
I thought my display was fairly good this year, until I saw this bank of the same thing growing on the side of the road down to Middle Beach, Studland Bay last week!
Ah well, there’s always next year.
Thanks to Jonathon for hosting once again. Have a good weekend!