The Victorians were famous for being mad about tulips, which I think is totally understandable. They are gorgeous. So a warning for today’s post, there are a lot of tulip photos, well over the allotted ‘6’ but I’ll make a gallery and try to get away with it. To be truthful, I often return from holiday feeling a bit deflated, especially from a warm, bright climate (Italy) to a damp, sometimes grey one (Belgium), and it takes me a few days to adjust. But seeing the tulips on the terrace in bloom was uplifting, and after all, the sun is out here too:
I like the way tulips open up during the day into full cups, but are closed up in the morning, awaiting the sun. The red-orange lily-shaped Aladdin tulips are especially good when the sun catches them, but this year I’m also enamoured with the golden-yellow of Blushing Apeldoorn.
Just five days away, and my crab apple, Malus Evereste also transformed into full bloom. Behind it the fluffy flowers of an Alpine clematis on the wall pick up the white theme (I make it sound like this was planned!).
Now this was sort-of planned: I planted Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘robbiae’ in the glade, between the bluebells, to get a lime green/blue contrast. The bluebells aren’t quite out yet but this looks promising. The Euphorbia has a tricky name, but when my son had to have his tonsils out here, I learnt that ‘amygdales’ was the word for them in French. Do these bracts really look like tonsils though?
Under the arch, the magical unfurling of the shuttlecock ferns is taking place, I like this moment. You can see baby ferns appearing in between, these will need moving to new homes as before you know it, the ferns become huge and can get overcrowded.
A sea of blue along the front path, sunny side. I think this needs picking up with a contrast, so I’ve bought some primrose coloured wallflower seeds to sow in the summer and plant out later, and hopefully next spring they will look good here. Was it Gertrude Jekyll who said that gardeners were never satisfied but always optimistic?
I am quite satisfied with the Ajuga on the shady side of the path through, their vertical little spires are very pleasing. I’ve mixed the dark purple-leaved from, just coming into flower, with the variegated variety. I do love a plant that slugs are totally uninterested in, not a nibbled leaf in sight. It spreads nicely too, but is easy to dig up and add around the place or give to friends.
That’s all from me, I must get to that allotment and start digging now. For more Six on Saturdays from far and wide, pop over to The Propagator’s site. Have a lovely weekend.