Penlan progress

Here is a progress report on all the plants that I obtained from Penlan Perenials. When they arrived only one had green leaves already, others had noticable shoots, others had nothing showing at all.

Happily all are now growing well.

Here we go in the same order as in the post marking their arrival.

Ligularia przewalskii

This is growing well and is not wilting during this dry spell, so that is good.

I bought another one and it is suffering a bit.

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Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’

The leaves blend into the background in this photo but it is growing quite well.

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Geranium wallichianum ‘Crystal Lake’

This was marked as having just been potted up from a bare root plant on the order and to wait until roots are showing before planting it out. It has taken a long time to grow any leaves - I was a bit worried for a while …

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This is the first of the Lupins to flower. As it was from a mixture I don't know how they are going to turn out.

I like this one, it is blue and white and also as the individual flowers open a int of yellow is appearing.

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This is the smallest one of the Lupins, it is growing, but it is well behind.

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Mystery plant

Here is a better picture of the mystery plant from yesterdays six on Saturday. It was meant to be an Echinacea but it clearly is not.

I will keep updating this page as it develops.

Update 22nd May

I have a new idea: maybe it is Saponaria ocymoides.

Here are some pictures of it to compare: here, here and here

It is very close, including the redish stems, the pink 5 petalled flowers, the tube beneath the flower, the leaves are opposite and the general leaf shape. Some pictures of it have thinner petals than others.

Update 21st May

A number of flowers are out now.

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Update 20th May

The flowers are about twice the size of my forget-me-nots and Brunnera and are looking less like forget-me-nots now. Another picture to follow when a few more flowers have opened.

Whatever it is it is quite pretty and almost glows in …

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The Echinacea have been very slow to grow. I have finally removed them from their pots into the garden. Only two have grown - I had suspected that one was already dead on opening the packet.

I had already planted three plants that claimed to be Echinaceas but clearly are not, so I replaced two of them with these ones. One of the replaced plants is looking as if it is dying, so it has gone into a pot, and I moved the other one to the border edge as it looks like it is going to be a low growing plant

So here are the first young leaves of the Echinacea.

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Six in the garden today 12 May

Six things going on in the garden today, go to the The propagator blog for more garden views this weekend.


When I lived in the South I loved to go to Kew gardens especially when the bluebells were out.

Our native bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta is very elegant and looks amazing when carpeting a wide area.

It has a lovely colour, with straight sided flowers hanging from one side of the stem, and the petals curving right back at the ends almost touching the main flower again.

It seems that there are a lot of hybrids around but this one looks the part at least.

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Lily of the valley

I do like the flowers, shame that the plant spreads so much and was just about everywhere. I removed a lot last year, leaving a few in selected places.

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My first Geranium flower

I have a few Geranium plants, this was …

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Six on Saturday 5th May

A wonderful sunny day today so lets have a quick look at six things around the garden following the meme hosted over on The propagator blog.

1 Tulip

Last year I had a single tulip among the Brunnera that looked really good. I thought that it had come back, but it turns out that it is a completely different colour! I suppose it must be one of the "Triumph" ones. At a certain time, the sun catches just the flower making it look like it is glowing above the Brunnera below.

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2 Actaea

This is A. pachypoda 'Misty Blue'. It looks like it getting flower buds before the leaves are even fully open.

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3 Tiarella

This is T. "Sugar and spice", it is the first of my Tiarella to flower. Both the "spring symphony" are just starting to flower and the "pink skyrocket" variety has masses of buds but they …

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End of April round up

So what happened in the garden during April? It is very different to last year, all the early flowering plants were much delayed - whereas last year I was talking of cutting off the final dead daffodil flowers, this year they are mostly still in flower with only the very early ones that are now finished.

On the other hand the later flowering plants seem to be at much the same stage as they were last year.

Some pictures

A few picture that have not been shown in other entries this month.

This is Pulmonaria "Trevi fountain". It has interesting leaves and will hopefully cover a bit of this space that is shaded by the fence for most of the day. The flowers are not easily visible from the house, or indeed until you are fairly close.

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I have three different kinds.

The "Pink skyrocket" variety has masses of buds …

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