This is the fourth summer season I've been here and this is the
first time that the Cordyline has flowered.
It is very much bigger that it was when I arrived and I was thinking
of cutting down the tallest trunk. Glad I didn't get around to it!
Strangely there is a much smaller Cordyline nearby that is also
flowering, I've never noticed any in flower before.
Unfortunately the flower was positioned so that it was somewhat hidden
from me. The flowers didn't last all that long, but while they did
they were swarming with bees.
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Did I say last week that
no rain was forecast? Yes I did
but the very next day the forecast
changed and now we've had more rain during the week
that the whole of April and May combined and
a good chunk of March if not all of it.
Anyway the plants are now smiling and very happy.
So time for Six on Saturday hosted by The Propagator.
This is the orchid by the back door that has been here since before I
I've just looked back on pictures from the first year and it was
quite a small flower head back then.
I think it is not as large as last year.
This geranium came with the garden, I believe
it to be Geranium × magnificum.
This is a division of the original that I made a couple of years ago.
It is now much bigger …
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You can compare with last year.
The average temperature was 12.3C with a minimum of 0.1C and maximum of 27.3C.
So no frost days, and there were days that were very warm for the time
Another very dry month with only 8mm of rain all month. Surprisingly
that was spread over 10 separate days.
For comparison, last year there was 55mm of rain.
There was even less rain last month.
The month started out with the tulips and daffodils being
the main points of interest and they were all finished by
the end of the month.
The forget-me-not's are great at providing some early colour
but there were far too many this year and I started
removing them much earlier than usual.
The Ligularia 'Zepter' that I moved from the back
to the front to replace the L. przewalskii that died over the
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There has been hardly any rain for two months
now, and no rain forecast for next week either.
I have heavy clay soil so it is usually very damp, but there
are now some cracks which I've not seen here before.
Here are six things from the garden today.
I Have a few foxgloves that seed around, this
is a particularly fine example.
I have three Lupins in this patch.
The large purple one at the back is a random
Russell hybrid from Aldi.
The red one is L. 'My castle' (brick red) and the
blue one is L. 'Persian slipper'.
Very excited to see three new orchids appear this
They are all reasonably close together in the left back
corner area, so no where near either of
the other two orchids that I have.
I didn't notice anything here last year, but as they take …
This has now grown to a good size and is covered in flowers.
In contrast to the other Geums that I have this is low growing and
so doesn't flop over everything else.
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Turns out that this is the first Six on Saturday I've done in about 10 months.
There has been very little rain for weeks and although there is plenty
of moisture under the surface especially at the front of the garden,
I've had to water plants that I've moved or planted and the Hellebore
which is in the driest part of the garden near the Cordyline.
My Tiarella's are in general not doing that well, surviving but
not thriving, you could say.
This Tiarella 'Emerald Elle' is an exception though.
I can't get over how lovely this Lewisia cotyledon Elise is.
It had a flower from late autumn all over winter and is now covered in
I made a mini-rockery for it with a couple of stones to protect it
from the wet winters. Perhaps it wasn't necessary but anyway it is
I planted 25 of these Tulip saxatilis, but I've been wondering
where they all are and if they are going to appear.
A few days ago I saw this one under the Sanguisorba leaves nearly
ready to flower and now it is out.
There are three unidentified
Tulips at the back of the garden that may also be these, but they are
much, much smaller at the moment. There are also various single
leaves without a flower which may be them too.
First flower of this
Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction' that I bought
in November when it didn't have any leaves above ground.