A tad late I am this month with my Bloom Day posting so, as compensation, how about some blooming chat from The Chelsea Flower Show first? The show takes place in London this week. Today, Monday, is Press Day and the Judges have been out to see the gardens too. Perhaps you might like to meet some of the Designers? Let’s hear from one… Mark Gregory with a guided tour from his garden on Sunday morning…
Chelsea has blogs so let’s hear is what presenter Lila Das Gupta had to say today about some exhibitors and designers that she thinks will do rather well. I’ve not seen to much coverage yet to say who my favs or picks are for Chelsea 2009. I’ve have been recording television footage which I will thoroughly enjoy watching – I’ll maybe catch up on some much needed ironing at the same time!
Coming back to my garden, with a thump, my bloom photos of buds, flowers and passed flowers should have been taken on the 15th but hey… it was very windy and wet. Trying to keep as close to the 15th of the month that I could I took the following photos at 8am on the 16th just before the rain started again! Raindrops can be pretty too though as you can see on the Allium bud below.
The wind and wet has taken its toll on some of the less sheltered tulips. The Drumstick Primulas are well over now but I still find them pretty like this and will leave them a bit longer yet before I cut them down. Some of the rhododendrons are past and others have suffered with the wet. Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ has a slight lean towards the lawn now too.
Yellow is a colour that I’m not overly fond of in the garden now but I do adore the paler shades and plants with two tones. My late planted ‘Ice Follies’ daffodils have been such a treat to look out on to – although the wind and wet has many almost face down and falling over my gravel path. I have really enjoyed these bargain bulbs. I am also enjoying this broom now in its new position and I adore the humble primrose especially planted with the wonderful glossy leaves of Asarum. Polygala is offering up a few purple blooms but the yellows have become more dominant now. Ah… I do love the pretty woodland strawberry flowers. They and a few other plants are behind in growth from last year.
Flower buds on my Wisteria are now easy to see. Today I picked up a potash feed that I will give it to help the flowers grow. This is a plant worth spoiling if you are lucky enough to have it flower in your garden. I have a white flowering variety and the bees love it too.
Choysia flowers are now out on Ternata and Aztec Pearl. I love the scent on these blooms and the foliage of these plants too. My magnolia has a few lovely blooms coming out on lower sheltered branches but on the whole these flowers are going over and the foliage is covering this plant now.
A quick walk with rain on the way and I nearly missed this wonderful Fritillary (not sure which one now) but I did spot the buds on Cirsium (another fav of the bees) and Clematis. Miss Bateman is the closest Clematis ready to open. The alpine Lady’s mantle is also spreading its self around again. I love having to look for the flowers almost hidden and the sliver underside of its leaves.
For me, orange is the new yellow in my garden. This is a colour in have never had (or would dream of having) in my garden palatte until a few years ago. I have to say I am loving it with pinks and purples. The Geum below came from a friend and I have divided it so many times. I especially love it flowering next to water. New purple pinks to the garden this year have been some perennial wallfowers, violas who are still putting on a wonderful display.
You’ve perhaps heard of roof top gardens and green vertical walls. Well, Hedgehog Manor has moved its location away from my back door, for the summer months, to under my pergola. It’s been cleaned out and refurbished and is open for business once again with a new design feature.
The wonderful hosta ‘June’ had to be in this roof garden and a new lavender I picked up. I have moved some Golden Hop from another part of the garden which I hope will grow to cover the roof and up the pergola to the inside of my Wisteria. I need to add more soil to this basket and fabric planter which is actually sold for salad crops. I will then add some orange and cream colours with two varieties of nasturtiums.
Watching this area the other night with the better of my two night cameras. I don’t leave this one outside or use it on wet nights. It gives great images so I’m looking after it. Hedgehogs were spotted running around the back and in front of the Manor. I also missed one Hedgehog go inside too. However… during the recent refurbishment I also moved the position of the camera. Now… wouldn’t it be great if we had a female come in here to have her young. Fingers crossed… I have heard the rather loud sounds (and seen a pair) of hedgehogs considering mating. I’ve been busy in the evenings since and haven’t looked inside the Manor to see if we have any guests yet. I wonder.
Dense foliage is another excellent place to see Hedgehogs in the evening especially on a still night. You might hear them rustling through the leaves as they look for food or see the top leaves move as they pass through a border. It’s quite a funny sight to see and you can easily follow their routes. If you spot a route they take and want to encourage them to return I would suggest you put some food out for them en route! One other place you could watch for hedgehogs would be below bird feeders as they may find food on the ground there. Leave out a dish of water and that would attract them too as they do enjoy a drink!
Yes, this is a Bloom Day posting where I’ve joined Carol and 150 others (as of this moment) but I want to celebrate the foliage and greens of the garden at this time of year too. I do love the greens of my garden. Now, I wonder what we’ll see this coming week from Chelsea. I’ll see what I can do with links and videos for all who can’t make it. Have a great gardening week and if you are going to visit the Chelsea Flower Show have a fantastic time! I wish I was going with you 🙂
All photos above were taken in my garden on May 16th 2009. The videos shown above were not taken by me.