The two orchids have returned this year. Last year the one by the back door had a short flower head and looked distinctly different to other one, but this year the back door one is much taller and perhaps more impressive than the one beneath The Tree.

This orchid grows wild in the area, so I am assuming that it wild and not deliberately planted but obviously I don't know for sure. The one at the back door is right next to the paving which would not be somewhere that I would plant anything.

I spent a long time last year trying to decide if they were Northern Mash Orchids, or Southern Mash Orchids. It looks a bit more like the SMO, but on the other hand this is too far North for it. Also the SMO is supposed to be a taller than these are. They are so variable …

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Sunday in the garden

Spent the day making sure everything was watered and planting most of the annual Lobelia along the edge of the new bed before going away for work for a few days.

There are a couple of new things to note.

Ligularia bud

This is the L. przewalski from Penlan.

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Geum 'Mrs J Bradshaw'

This is a new Geum this year, its an old and well known variety and having seen it I'd say it would be hard to beat.

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HPS seeds update

I planted all the seeds I received from the HPS in cells outside. Many of them just looked like dust so I wasn't too hopeful anything would grow.

Nothing happened for a long time, but there are now three of these which have appeared in the section for the Potentilla delphinensis.

The leaves don't look like a Potentilla, but I searched 'potentilla seedlings' and I am somewhat confident that they are, but we shall see.

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There are a variety of other things growing, but I believe they are all weeds as they are growing elsewhere too, although I have not identified what kind of weed they all are yet.

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What a difference a week makes

I was away for the week and on arriving back I was surprised at all the changes.

Foxgloves : The foxgloves by the side of the house were just rosettes last year but this year they all are growing flower stalks. Before I went away I thought this was going to be yellow or cream, but turns out it is completely white with a small amount of darker markings inside. Photo 6409

Geranium 'Versicolour' : A couple of flowers opened on this new geranium. It is not quite what I was expecting, thought it would be paler with more distinct markings. Photo 6414

Orchid : The orchids are almost fully out. I will do a separate post on them later. Photo 6415

Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim' : This is one of the new plants, it had buds when it arrived but it opened out today. It seems it only opens when sunny or warm enough. Photo 6416

Geranium : This is my favourite Geranium …

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End of May round up

This is a roundup of what happened in the garden this month. You can compare with May 2017 last year with some additional May 2017 pictures.

The garden is still behind where it was last year at this time.

Tulips : seem a distant memory now, but were very colourful.

Tiarella : these were a great success. Very welcome flowers at this time of year. The flowers are just about finishing along with the month. Tiarella

Ipheion : will be getting some more of these for next year. Photo 6282

Bluebell : there were two that actually looked like the English bluebell all the rest did not. Since most were presumably hybrids, it is likely that the remaining two were also, they just had more of the features of the English variety.

Geranium : I moved one of the pink Geraniums from the back where it got a bit lost to the front. This was a great success …

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Special perennials order

I made this order to Special perennials on the 8th February, their policy is to send the plants when they are ready. Its possible that this is a bit later than normal this year.

This order was built around the Sanguisorba, the full list being:

  • Sanguisorba 'lilac squirrel'
  • Actaea simplex 'pink spike'
  • Helenium 'El Dorado'
  • Helenium 'Mardi gras'
  • Lobelia cardinalis 'Bees Flame'
  • Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim'
  • Phlox amplifolia
  • Veronica 'Pink Damask'


They don't take payment until the order is about to be delivered, so I received an email on the 17th along with a Paypal payment request which I paid straight away. The next email was on the 23rd notifying me that the order had been dispatched and that it would probably arrive the next day. Today I received a text from the delivery company giving a time range when to expect the delivery. It was delivered almost exactly in …

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Looking around the garden

It is Saturday so time for a very quick look at a few things going on in the garden today, following the Six on Saturday meme hosted by The propagator.

It was very warm and sunny today, and I was out most of the day so here is a very quick look around.

1 Geum 'Totally tangerine'

There is a bit of a green gap at the moment with the tulips finished, and the Alliums are not quite yet out. This Geum is leading the way in colour at the moment.

It grew and flowered well last year, but in its second year it is something else entirely - so many flowers!

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2 Geum 'Cosmopolitan'

I've added a few new Geums this year and this is the first of the new ones to flower. It is just as gorgeous as I had hoped.

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3 Tiarella 'Spring symphony'

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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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