Freesias

I’m now a fan!

I didn’t know anything about growing freesias.  They always seemed so exotic and delicate: blooms to be nurtured in a hothouse or glimpsed in a prize-winning display. Probably beyond my rudimentary gardening skills, and yet … something attracted me to the prospect.

Vaguely, somewhere in my early memories, I can visualise a perfume bottle with (I think) a pale yellow top, calling to me from my mum’s dressing table; I suspect I must have liked that particular fragrance because I can remember putting on far too much of it. I’m sure it was Freesia by Yardley of London. Who knows whether I had permission? I certainly caused some amusement. Freesias. Freesia. When I heard the name as a small child, I imagined it to have something to do with freezing. 

So I planted some freesia bulbs, a chance find in a discount supermarket, not sure what to expect. I was rewarded with beautiful flowers in four different colours but, as far as I could detect, no smell. Bees loved them. They’ve finished flowering now, so I need to find out what to do next; this link looks like a reasonable place to start:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/3766.shtml

Brilliant Borders

My old favourite Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ again, this time in a border* (not my garden). I think it looks amazing: such a fiery, blazing red, which works well against the cool and neutral colours nearby.

And here are two more ideas for colourful borders. Unfortunately, I don’t know the names of all the plants, although I think one of them is similar to Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, but here goes!

* I’ve included the top picture twice because I’m experimenting with a new theme: you have to roll over the featured image to see the colour. I like the idea, but didn’t want that glorious red to go unnoticed by anyone. I’d really welcome comments on whether the new theme suits my blog.

Geranium Rozanne

After being treated very badly (left over the winter in a small container), this hardy geranium is now looking strong and beautiful.  Here are some pictures of it in sun and after rain.  I think it looks amazing whenever.

It’s a prize-winning plant, voted Plant of the Centenary in the public vote (RHS Chelsea Flower Show).

Link to the Royal Horticultural Society page on Geranium Rozanne:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=4832

Ceanothus

The Ceanothus in our garden has been a pleasure to look at this year.  All the other ones in the area seemed to flower a few weeks earlier (perhaps different varieties, or just in sunnier spots). So I wasn’t expecting such a wonderful show. Bees adore it, as do a host of other insects. I found it quite difficult to photograph the bees because they were just so, well, active!  But here’s my attempt…

There’s another one on my Instagram (katkarradz).