Despite the rain, despite the hail the Spring walk is only slowly fading into summer.
I am so pleased with this planting although I certainly need to add other bulbs to extend the season, especially earlier in the year. I will add Iris reticulata, maybe I’ll try again with some small narcissus and I’ve already moved some of the winter flowering Iris unguicularis and species freesia to the border. For the end of the season I will add Dutch Iris, probably a mixed pack to keep the random effect going.
There are no more tulips to open, I purchased mostly late tulips but with the mild winter they have all flowered early, the last to open was T. Sorbet and they are the last to look fresh, those that didn’t lose their heads in the hail that is!
The Anemone coronaria de Caen are still pumping out new blooms and each bloom lasts so long they are a wonderful addition to the garden (why didn’t I have them from the beginning?).
The pink China rose (R. Old Blush) that possibly flowers for a longer period than any other rose in the garden is already covered with blooms creating a contrast I didn’t expect with the dark purple fringed tulip ‘Curly Sue’ and Heuchera ‘Stormy Seas’.
On the west side Arbutilon is flowering as well as another Heuchera (not sure of this one’s variety). One new bulb about to flower are some Ixias, at least I think that is what they are; on my database it says I put them in the Large Island – we will see. They’re not something I’ve grown before so I don’t know what they look like at this stage of their development.