A little snapshot today of some spring highlights from the garden.
First up a trio of tulips. Orange Emperor, a bunch from the allotment and a mix of Sunny Prince and Purple Prince. Which are your favourite? I love the allotment ones, which come back reliably each year, I must dig some up for the garden.
A view of the garden from the south-east corner. That’s one of our chickens making a dash for it across the lawn, studded with daisies.
Still enjoying the Clematis armandii, now buzzing with bees. I put a little video on Instagram @the_nostalgic_gardener which gets across the feel of this area on a soft spring evening.
Underneath the clematis on the floor of the glade, these lovely wild tulip species, Tulipa bakeri, come back every year. I recently found out they are native to the rocky hills and clay plateaus of Crete. So that’s why they are so tough (the glade gets very dry in summer and the clay is heavy).
Another tough character, the native wood spurge, Euphoria amygdaloides, is a great plant for tricky areas like dry shade under mature trees, which is what we have in the glade. It’s so zingy too!
Clematis alpina seems delicate but has proved to be a strong climber here. Its nodding frilly flowers are a delight on the wall. Later, a rambling rose, Alberic Barbier, will continue the show. Associating climbers with different flowering times keeps things interesting.
Round to the front of the house now, where our hobbit’s window is adorned with Iberis sempervirens, Candytuft, with a few early Geum flowers in between. This pretty little ground cover is in the Brassica family, and hails from the Iberian peninsula.
I think I may have gone over the traditional six for Six on Saturday hosted by Garden Ruminations. Things are starting to get interesting! Enjoy your weekend, hope it’s a sunny one.