A few weeks ago I had an empty pot sink. A few plants were added. All documented on these pages…
I’ve filled in a few of the gaps now. It’s not art. Its not garden design. But it has been fun, and I hope it will develop into something quite eye-catching over the summer.
Meet the new arrivals:
Oxalis: opens in the sun.
Sedum: good for insects.
A striking blue.
In other areas, I’ve still got tulips, and there are lots of hazy forget-me-nots!
Saw these today on a trip out. It was cold and raw, but these tulips made me forget that for a moment. So… just because they’re tulips!
Seen a couple of days ago at Arbor Low, Derbyshire. One of the most beautiful butterflies, I think. I’ve only seen a few this year, sadly.
Last summer, a new neighbour gave us some (very useful) old plant pots and a gnarled piece of wood. Rejects from the previous owner’s regime. Turned out the wood had roots, and was the base of an ancient rose bush. Would it grow? Would it flower? Although it looked most unpromising, we planted it in a large container and forgot about it over the winter.
Until this week, it looked doomed, the only signs of life being a few weedy stems bearing somewhat spotty leaves and equally unappealing buds. Then the first flower appeared. Followed by the second. Different colours. And inevitably, a third, a different colour again! What was going on?
Obviously I don’t know much about this. I tried to dredge up any faint memories or scraps of knowledge about grafting or scions or rootstock. Nothing took shape. Then, one of those strange internet coincidences: I saw a picture of a rose called Chicago Peace, which had flowers of different colours! When I checked it out, I found that, in fact, Chicago Peace looks more orange or pink than this one, which is predominantly yellow. So, I think it’s probably a variety called, simply, Peace. Which I like, because I can remember my father mentioning that one when I was a child. It’s also known as Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’.
Of course, I could be wrong, and would love to know if anyone can positively identify it!
Here are links to some information about Peace:
Peonies. Pink. Perfect.
This is happening in the garden… after two years of waiting.
Two pink flowers.
The first, a bold and gaudy primula; the second, a tiny alpine, with an almost metallic sheen to its petals.