The garden’s on acid!

In every border there is a splash of acid, attracting the eye and forming a bright backdrop to all the spring flowers.  Of course, the acid is the from the flowering bracts of Euphorbia, both rigida and myrsinites.  

Everywhere I look there is colour, the garden has never had so many spring bulbs as this year.  Let me share some images with you.

Euphorbia rigida mostly planted itself at the base of each pillar of the terrace

Orange tulips, Stipa tenuissima and Euphorbia what a perfect combination

New planting of T. Brown Sugar, I’ve just added some seedlings of Euphorbia myrsinites to these

Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’ with Euphorbia rigida

The advantage of Euphorbia as a ground cover plant is that bulbs can easily grow up through the long spreading stems.

Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’

In the woodland border Anemone coronaria planted three or four years ago have multiplied.

As the Hyacinths I planted 5 years ago have consisted regrown I splashed out on many more bulbs last autumn, I’m thrilled with the effect

I bought mixes with shades of blue and shades of pink

Pink mix Hyacinths and Tulip Double Negrita

Clematis armandii

View across the Large Island to the upper slope path

All the tulips flowering now had been chilled for at least 12 weeks prior to planting, those already in the ground are at various stages of growth so as long as the mice don’t find them all I’m hoping for a long tulips season, which began at the end of January with the pots in the greenhouse.

Enjoy your spring!


44 thoughts on “The garden’s on acid!

  1. Christina her garden is wonderful. If it is for the Euphorbias, live for them! How many Tulips, Hyacinths and Anemones have all the colors and shapes. Is beautiful! The photos are very beautiful. May you enjoy so much beauty in your garden. Greetings from Margarita.

  2. Your Anemones look as lovely as ever, and the lime green brings the other colours alive. Love all those Hyacinths – Much more effective planted in numbers than just the odd one here and there!

  3. Your garden may indeed by on acid, Christina! It looks terrific. Your weather extremes seem to have done no harm. My Euphorbia rigida look sad by comparison but I comfort myself that they’re putting on a better show this year than last year so maybe the trend will continue, Your bulbs do you and the garden proud!

    • I’m surprised that your Euphorbia doesn’t relish your conditions. It is one of the few plants that looks really good during mid-summer (actually it always looks good). Does it get water from your irrigation, it wouldn’t like that much.

  4. I feel the same way about Euphorbia – it gives everything else at this time of year that extra punch, doesn’t it! Here we’re still waiting for the tulips to add their contribution, so it’s lovely to see the variety of colour in your garden.

  5. You must be thrilled with the result of all your efforts with bulbs, Christina, especially the tulips, and that euphorbia works so well with them. Seeing the anemones in your woodland border makes me wonder how mine would fare in woodland edge border – I have some Sylphide growing strongly in the greenhouse and would love to be able to keep them going outside, but other years haven’t managed it. What conditions do yours have in your woodland border?

  6. Lovely planting which looks both stunning and natural – what an achievement! I’ve never seen hyacinths doing so well in a garden, and their sweet perfume must be sensational. The anemones are beautiful – I don’t know anything about them, are they also bulbs?
    Here in Cairo we don’t have much at all in the way of bulbs, just imported amaryllis – but we do have orange trees in blossom right now and they smell divine.Tulips might be seen on Ottoman Turkish ceramics, but that’s about all!

    • I would have thought that lots of bulbs would actually grow well for you Silvia. Tulips need long hot summers with no water to grow, but maybe your winters aren’t cold enough for them, they need 12 weeks of less than 10°C. Other bulbs might be even better.

  7. I like especially the clump of tulip ‘Negrita’ and hyacinths and am intrigued by the figure in their midst. Is it a Madonna? The grass behind is a fabulous finishing touch.

  8. Your spring garden is wonderful Christina and the scent of the hyacinths everywhere must be divine. Euphorbia rigida is amazing I think it is not quite hardy here. Brown Sugar is a winner.

  9. Fantastic! The anemones just seem to get better with every spring and I love the intense colors coming up as healthy bunches of blooms. I really wonder what hoops I would have to jump through to get a few in flower over here…. maybe some day!

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