More Alliums and Roses are flowering now as are Irises.
All the Irises have flowered in the last week. They are a new love of mine. In the past I thought they were rather difficult to mix with other plants and that, as they flower for such a short time, they weren’t worth the space. When I first began this garden a kind friend gave me some Irises; actually he gave them to me before I was ready and they sat for a while waiting to be planted. How glad I am that they survived my mistreatment! They are now very happily established and I’m sure the pale blue, brown (Maid of Kent, I think), have both more than doubled their clump size since last year.
I like this Iris with Rosa glauca and the foliage of Artemisia pontica
Strong but pale blue Irises under Mulberry
Two years ago he sold me some other rhizomes, one an amazing pink (that description doesn’t do it justice) and a true black, these have also doubled their clump size; a rather good purple is rather slower but I’m sure it will grow this year now it has flowered. So now I’m looking at on-line brochures to check other colours that might give the right effect in other parts of the garden. I’m thinking burnt orange for the back border which would benefit from some colour at this time of year, after the tulips and before the Hemerocallis and Abutilon.
Brown Iris - last year at Chelsea almost every garden had this one!
The brown Irises combine very well with the new growth tints of Nandino, and with bronze fennel, I’ll move the Irises closer to the Nandino when they’ve finished flowering (I said I’d do it last year but somehow ran out of time and I’m regretting it now.
Yes, they really are black, stunning!
Does anyone know the name of this one, a real beauty
These Dutch Iris Bronze Queen look better in the photo than in life where they look a bit sickly to me.
The above are now almost horizonal due to the terrible winds of the last two days.
Blue Dutch Iris are also planted near Hemerocallis Sol d’Oro but they’re not fully out yet so I post their image another time.
This year Allium karataviense looks even better than last year when it was its first year. I have always loved the crimson edged, almost blue-green foliage; it has the advantage over other alliums that the foliage remains looking good while it flowers. It even seems to be clumping up so I’m hopeful that it will keep growing for some years. Not so A. aflatunense which has not re-flowered well in the formal beds leading me to think I might plant something else instead.
New for me is Allium Roseum planted in the middle of a group of 3 Rose Scepter’d Isle. Small and dainty it resembles the wild alliums I’ve seen growing in various places, although this is more pink as the name would suggest.
Allium Claret is about to open, already I like its colour
Then, of course, there are the roses. All of them have at least some flowers with most now in full bloom!
Above is Rosa Westerland, which seems to me the colour of the sunsets we have here.
R. Queen of Sweden
R. Tradescant has more flowers on one bush at this moment than the one I had in England had in 3 years!
West facing pillars have R. Clair Matin
R. Sophie's perpetual
R. William Shakespeare
R. Scepter'd Isle
R. Gertrude Jekyll
…..and for something completely different, here’s what mother Nature can do when left to her own devices!
I pass this wonderful field of poppies every time I go out.
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