My passion in life is gardening and specifically growing flowers from seed

Month: May, 2018

Wordless Wednesday – Lupin

A little something to brighten up a wet day – but I’m not complaining as we need it for the garden

First poppy of the year

This is one of my favourite flowers and I have 4 different varieties of poppies. Here is the orange one which started flowering yesterday, I think they’ve struggled with the weather a bit recently as some have no buds at all so far and others far fewer than normal

First rhododendron flowering

Continuing in my series of firsts in the garden here is my beautiful dark pink rhododendron that only came out a few days ago

Wordless Wednesday- clematis

Wordless Wednesday— acer

Arley Hall Gardens Visit – May 2018

My friend and I visited Arley Hall Gardens in Cheshire today to do a guided Bluebell walk through the woods. It was an unusually hot day for the time of year but the right weather for our walk and we both really enjoyed it. After lunch we also visited the rest of the gardens and here are some of my pictures. I hadn’t been at this time of year before so it was nice to see some different things flowering, such as the tulips (my favourite spring bulb), wallflowers, pansies, the magnolias and so much more. Here is a selection of my pictures

May update

Lots of new things to show you so thought I’d do one update with them all.

I love this time of year, when the garden is full of colour especially forget-me-nots and something different catches your eye every time you go outside. My seeds in the greenhouse are doing well as are the plants I overwintered – dahlias, pelargoniums (I only have a couple in pots – don’t grow many as I try to concentrate on bee friendly plants), and tender fuchsias.

I have also bought some new plants – a pink for my little owl planter, a perennial wallflower (which smells lovely) and a tiarella (relative of the heuchera I think).

I have also included my favourite tulip Jan Reus of which I originally had 10 and only have these left. They are such a lovely dark red colour but very hard to get in the shops. There is a picture of a wallflower grown from seed by me and a pieris from the back garden.

Wordless Wednesday- bluebells