Saturday, 4 November 2017

Spring garden 2017.

Echium pininana, tree echium, is a monocarpic plant, so after flowering it dies, although there will be many seedlings. The flowers are loved by bees, especially bumble bees, but it is the foliage that I find superbly uplifting, especially in the winter.

 Here is Echium pininana flowering, May 16th and they continued flowering all summer long.

 Echium pininana, catching the evening light, January 14th.

January 14th. Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Queen', seen in the background here, was blown down in Ex-Hurricane Ophelia in October.

Frost on Verbascum., February 5th.

  Magnolia × soulangeana, March 23rd.

Magnolia Stellata March 23rd.

Camellia × williamsii 'Donation, Magnolia Stellata and magnolia× soulangeana, all common classics...

.... and reliably floriferous and cheerful!

The vegetable garden gate.

Hellebores, daffodils... spring.

  April 14th, Ribes odoratum, buffalo currant...

...with a superb scent.

April 22nd, Alfie opened a garden shop...

May 13th, Silene dioicaRed Campion. 

Euphorbia stygiana in bud, May 13th.

Kniphofia Drummore Apricot, Red hot poker.

Bearded Iris.


Bearded iris catching the light.



Looking towards the small tunnel, May 13th.

May 16th.

Oriental poppies in bud, May 22nd.

 Delphinium staphisagria  and Allium.

Hail on the deck with Stachys byzantina, lamb's ear, April 25th.

Lilac in the rain, May 19th.

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