Hello from sunny Brussels! There’s no competition for the top slot on this week’s six on Saturday garden tour – it has to go to the Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’, full of the joys of spring, and the incredibly lovely weather we’ve been having makes it even better.
Its browning leaves are forgiven and forgotten. This year I will try to water it in summer, to help stop the browning of the leaves, though with no rain here for three weeks (apart from a light shower one night that hardly made any difference) it might want watering already. It’s been lovely to have day after day of sunshine, but I think it’s going to be challenging for the plants.
I’ve also really enjoyed these little Turkistanica tulips (only about 20 cm high), which are being admired here by my two little men in the front of house border. They are also popular with little ruddy-coloured bees (just visible in one of the middle flowers – bee experts do enlighten me). The flowers close in shady or overcast conditions, and then surprise you by opening up in the sunshine, so they have great impact despite their small size.
In the same border, I’ve got these shaggy narcissi, which I also find very cheerful. They remind me of Slash, the legendary guitarist from Guns n’ Roses, who had really big hair. They are narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle’, who I suspect was not in a rock & roll band.
I’ve got quite a few other types of narcissi dotted around the place, including dainty ‘Sailboat’ with slightly swept back petals, big, bold and reliable ‘Carlton’, and what I thought were ‘Albus Plenus Odoratus’, but having just looked that up, it must be something else that was mislabeled! I like its elegant clotted cream-coloured coronas.
It shares a tub with this rather natty little Muscari called ‘Grape Ice’.
Meanwhile along the front path, some dainty Anemone blanda is popping up (one minute they are nowhere to be seen, the next they are there), and a Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) is just emerging. Soon this area will be a sea of blue forget-me-nots, which are just coming into flower now.
There’s your whistle-stop tour of the garden for this week. I apologise for not being very present on the blogosphere lately – I have been juggling many balls in the air, with the gardening workshops to run, and things are getting busy at the communal allotment, and, after 3 years on the waiting list, I’ve just been allocated my own little patch of allotment heaven right next to the communal allotment – all my Christmases have come at once. I will be posting on the new allotment area soon – it’s a start from scratch kind of project, my favourite kind – and I’d like to record the journey. I expect it will be accompanied by plenty of back ache!
Meanwhile, for a selection of lovely gardens and interesting plants, you could pop over to The Propagator’s Six on Saturday page. Have a great weekend!