Friday, 16 May 2014
These bearded iris were in the garden when we moved in, but they are not really in the best position anymore to enjoy baking sun as the new house next door and its boundary fence shade them. I got a lovely surprise when I walked around the corner and saw that several of them had lots of flower buds waiting to come out.
This Montana clematis is one that I planted since moving in and it is 'Mayleen'. It has a lovely perfume which fills the garden. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) a lot of the flowers appear to have gone over the other side of the fence where it enjoys full sun and therefore our neighbour gets the benefit too. The flower bed in front is full of large daisies (which always remind me of the Queen mother's hats - their petals go in all directions), inulas, marigolds and huge shaggy red oriental poppies, all of which seem to have put on a spurt of growth this last week. We also have an honeysuckle (Graham Thomas) which is trying its best to get to the other side of the fence to flower. Another plant with great perfume which travels all over the garden on the evening air.
Surprised to find that the sweetpeas, nasturtiums, cosmos and broad beans I have planted rather late have all germinated now. Just hope they manage to mature to reward me with flowers and beans. Also growing some sunflowers for fun and for the bees next door.