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Back to the plants, after the fox!


After the fiasco of the visit from the fox (now we wonder whether it is the family of stoats who live here) I will get back to writing the blog that I was intending to write then.
Just a trip round parts of the garden to see what is in flower, or was last week.
First the Primulas and Cowslips which have been going strong for several weeks. The pink clumps have wilted dramatically over the last couple of days due to this unseasonable heat!

These cowslips have been in the garden for a while and all the green bits you can see between them are young plants!

This poor double primula has been in this pot since last year, the flowers look like little roses and the pot has been added to by the mice which bury hazel nuts in all my plant pots!

I still have loads of various daffodils in flower, some because they were bought when the Garden Centre reduced them and some like the little Hawera mini-daffs came in pots reduced, now in the garden ready for next year.

The Crown Imperials were more bulbs bought reduced, some already flowered and some still in flower.

The blue flowering honesty is now coming into it’s own after being trimmed by rabbits, pigeons or peacocks! Shorter than the purple one, but could be because of the trimming. Pretty with the dark leaf blue Ajuga in front. I have the variegated pink form of the Ajuga as well, though I don’t suppose it will spread as much as the more common one!

This is a pretty little spcies violet which has of course lost it’s label, so if anyone knows what it is, I would be glad to know. Clump forming rather than the runners and with the cut leaf.

The good old Victorian Aspidistra plant which got moved round with me as an indoor plant for probably 30 years, eventually went out in the garden and though it looks a bit sad and weather beaten at the moment is making the most of it’s freedom in the garden! Behind it is a Pulmonaria and a couple of Euphorbias beside it.

Everything else is trying hard, cherry blossom, white bell flower of some sort, triangular stems but no smell of garlic or onion, so who knows! Aubretia having to live in hanging baskets out of the reach of the peacocks who eat every scrap, tulips, iris, phlox, aquilegia and others.

We have Bumblebees nesting in the grass, this is a hole in the ‘lawn’ where it disappeared into.

And finally just to prove that not everything in the garden is rosy – there should be a path through here!

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Pretty sure that is three cornered garlic. I found a clump in a local bluebell wood on Saturday and that didn't smell of garlic either. I love that pink tulip with frilly edges!p in a l

9 May, 2016


Very colourful . I love the Crown imperials......I hope the Lily Beetles don't get them as they used to mine at my old garden.

9 May, 2016


Someone else was asking about the white flower here on GOY Stera. I think it was suggested that it was garlic, but of course I expected the leaves to at least smell oniony! Even asked the OH to come and have a whiff as I don't have a terrific sense of smell - great when cleaning out rabbits, chickens, drains etc.! He said it didn't smell so thought someone on here would tell me.
The pinky-lilac frilly tulip does have a name, but goodness knows what I have done with the labels! More bulbs bought when reduced, in a pot with the Ice-cream tulips which of course I put in the middle and they are shorter - when in doubt read the label.
Thanks Paul, I do like these Crown Imperials, but one of the more expensive bulbs so these were bought when they were reduced - more for your dough! I have yellow, orange and red and hopefully they will increase. Never thought about them being attacked by Lily beetles, we have those already on the other lilies!

9 May, 2016


Have a look at the stem - the three cornered garlic stem has a triangular section - most unusual - a better identifier than the smell.

9 May, 2016


It does have a triangular stem as you say Stera, so must be that. Where does the garlic bit come in then? Were the bulbs eaten?

10 May, 2016


Looking very colourful despite your feathered pals, it amused me to hear of the reason for the baskets, not something we have to contend with, Crown Imperials are a sight for sore eyes, keep promising myself some and then forget until I see them out in flower in others gardens, I have some of the wild garlic in a couple of places in my garden, haven't a clue where its appeared from but I'm keeping a watchful eye as I have taken the warnings on board and so far its not appeared in the main garden, only the patio walls and gravel bed under dining room window.

10 May, 2016


I have boobed HG, I should have said Three cornered leek but it is an Allium - Allium triquetum. I looked it up to see if you can eat it and apparently you can use the cut up young leaves in salad. It is supposed to smell a bit garlicy but the plants I found didn't - not much anyway.

10 May, 2016


Thanks for the identification Stera, that's definitely what it is, Allium triquetum. After you told me I looked it up and found it was invasive! It's been fairly well behaved in my garden, I just have the clump shown, but perhaps all the little green strings of leaves that I thought were Grape hyacinths, are this instead. I shall have to remember to keep an eye on it, I already have Spanish bluebells spreading everywhere (very pretty but do crowd out other things) and don't need another pest. Perhaps it's the clay soil which keeps it under control. Can't remember whether this is something I bought or whether it just appeared. That's the trouble with Open gardens, temptation to buy something you don't recognise. Should be a clue I suppose, if they are selling it, it probably spreads fast!

11 May, 2016


Like you Lincslass I did a bit of catching up indoors yesterday while it rained. Luckily here it was fairly light rain, but steady, just the sort you need to soak in rather than a downpour which runs straight off.
The baskets are only the cheap plastic sort bought from Pound Stretcher for less than £1.50p each, but needed quantity rather than quality to put the plants in out of reach. I have this strange idea that anything I want to grow, I have to find a place for whether the conditions are conducive or not. I love other people's gardens where they have drifts of Aubretia flowing everywhere. Sadly that is never going to happen here, but in a mad moment bought the plants really, really cheap so then had to think what to do with them! I had a lady call Saturday who was really taken with the idea of them in wall baskets, so perhaps it wasn't such a bad idea.
The Crown Imperials are another plant that falls into the 'must have' category and buying these late, some went in the garden and have done much better and some in pots, which will go out now to join the others. Hopefully they will over-winter without getting water-logged and dying.

11 May, 2016


Grape hyacinth leaves usually appear in the autumn - but lets face it you can do without an invasion of either of them, pretty though they are!

I'm like you, jut buy things because I like them without having a clear idea of where to put them, so the beds get to looking rather disorganised. I have great plans to move things around in the autumn, but somehow it doesn't get done... Looking at some of the beautifully planned borders on here makes me despair! Bluebells trying to stage a takeover here too but its only in its early stages, just four sites. There were none at all when we came.

11 May, 2016


I hope you at least don't have lots of plants waiting to be put out without much idea where!
I like disorganised! OH wanted me to make a plan, but I don't do plans, I have a rough idea and if it ends up that way fine, if not it it's been ammended!
I really admire the great swathes of one colour in some gardens, but also like all the little surprise plants in a mixed border - there's always something new popping up - and the sweeps of colour pass.
The last photo where the path should be (getting there again) was under spreading Leylandii and carpet ivy when we came. Having cleared that I discovered three struggling rose bushes and the following Spring - bluebells! Now they have the light they are on a mission to conquer the world!

11 May, 2016

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