Sunday, 2 June 2013

Jewels in the sunlight

 Meconopsis cambrica 

It’s amazing how much of a difference a little sunshine can make and with the added warmth and blue skies the garden takes on a whole new feel and it was looking particularly glorious today.  Full of foliage and blooms the garden is thriving; not too bad considering I’ve done nothing bar a bit of pruning and a small tidy up.

Bejewelled with oranges, yellows, purples and interspersed with dashes of white the garden  looks clean and crisp. Here are a few of the blooms that I couldn’t do without.
Clematis 'Elsa Spath'
This large flowering Clematis climbs up the large Chaenomele at the top of the garden and is having a particularly good year.  It's currently covered in blooms most of which are far too high to photograph.  The contrast of the rusty obelisk and purple and green of 'Elsa Spath' work beautifully.
Polygantum x hybridium
I think if I were to pick a plant that I couldn't do without this could be it.  Understated and often overlooked Solomon's Seal, as it more commonly known, is a must have for me.  Clean foliage and pendulous white flowers tipped with green it really is divine and even better in the sun.  What's more - we have no sawfly this year!
Allium 'Purple Sensation'
I have a large drift of Alliums which add height and temporary structure in the garden.  These plants look great but they also really bring the garden to life, not only with their colour but by actually drawing in bees, butterflies, and other bugs, many of which provide endless entertainment and much needed natural pest control.
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