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The Only Iris

Well, the only iris in my garden, anyway. One of a handful of plants bought a few years ago, and which have never flowered. Until now. Most disappeared without trace; this one survived though, in a dark, shaded corner, and graced us with its long-bladed leaves. It added green structure, but no flowers arrived.

I was hanging some washing on the line when I noticed it. The dark purple buds had been there for some time, but I was unprepared for the silent presence of the flower and it caught me by surprise. Those blowsy sail-like petals; that rich, deep colour. What is it? Burgundy? Plum? Garnet? It depends on the light and photographs don’t quite do it justice.

The flower at the top is now starting to fade away, but there are, fortunately, some more buds left. The mystery of the moment, though, is what (or more ominously who) has removed one of the buds, snapping or biting it off cleanly, just as if it had been snipped with scissors. What would Agatha Christie have made of it?

Progress

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:

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In other areas, I’ve still got tulips, and there are lots of hazy forget-me-nots!

Blank Slate Part 2

It’s a start!

I rescued a phlox and bought another one. There’s some saxifrage in there as well as a plant I don’t know the name of. And also a tiny aquilegia to replace one I lost!

I’m trying to decide whether to put a small clump of chives back in there, as it doesn’t look too happy where it is now.

It doesn’t look much at the moment, and the pictures look a little washed-out, but I’m excited about it.

Moodier shots may follow!

Blank Slate

The featured picture is a little violet I found growing in the garden. Just for some colour!

The first two pictures below show the ‘blank slate’ of the title: an old sink which used to be a herb garden of sorts, but then got terribly messy and overgrown. I’ve emptied it out and washed it, then tilted it slightly to improve the drainage. It’s now ready for some new residents. The wire is there to protect it from cats!

I haven’t decided what to plant yet. Any ideas?

The final picture is a new hydrangea, bought today, which will be planted out in due course.

Progress

The first tulips are out. More are on the way. At last, there is some progress in the garden.

Most exciting of all, two of the Himalayan blue poppies I bought last year have returned. I’m really looking forward to seeing them bloom. Fingers crossed!

Returning blue poppy (meconopsis)
What colour will these tulips be?