Flowering today in my garden

Our weather is strange; three or four days of very cold weather and rain; then a couple of days of glorious sunshine, so bright it was almost too strong to be eating lunch on the terrace without some shade!

I suppose this is typical spring weather but the lows definitely feel colder than most other years.

As I walk around the garden I am aware of the plants which suffered burnt leaves from the icy winds two weeks ago.  The olives are dropping their leaves; they never do that at this time of year; I don’t think they are badly damaged but it was obviously a shock to them.  The Carob tree that was badly damaged last year but that made shorts from the ground (it had been a large lolly pop) looks dead again; I think I will remove it and plant something that will survive these brutal temperatures because it would be even worse if it grew for a few years and then was hit again when we have another cold winter.  The Oleanders are also looking very miserable, and will need to be cut back significantly, a shame as last summer that made a good statement on the slope.

The plants that have tossed off the cold spell are, of course, the bulbs.  The first Hyacinths that had pushed through the snow to flower had damaged stems and so didn’t survive but the rest that have opened since are making the strongest statement in the garden.  Producing a very pleasant perfume as I walk past them but not over powering as they would be in the house.

Let’s start our walk by the Pomegranate, on the east side of the terrace.

Anemones and Iberis sempervirens under the Pomegranate

Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’

Moving clockwise around the garden, this is the Left hand border.

Peter Nyssen’s ‘Berry Mix’ of Hyacinths

Further along the pinks give way to the blues.

Peter Nyssen’s ‘Blue Wave mix’ of Hyacinths

Now we’re on the woodland path with more blue from Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokka’.

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokka’

Anemone coronaria

Iris unguicularis has begun to flower again.

Muscari and Euphorbia rigida in the smaller island.

Hyacinth ‘Miss Saigon’ and Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’ in the Crimson border

We finish by the west facing terrace with yet more Hyacinths.

Yet more Hyacinths in the border in front of the west facing terrace

I haven’t really valued Hyacinths so much in past years and this is only the second year when there have been any except in the Crimson border.  Being larger than most other bulbs I can actually see them well from the windows of the house making an invitation to go out and look that them.

Do you grow Hyacinths; what is making a statement in your garden now.


54 thoughts on “Flowering today in my garden

  1. I have just been having the same thoughts about our bulbs keeping the garden so bright throughout the grim and windy weather we have been having. Previously I considered hyacinths should be grown only indoors but Kourosh insisted on replanting indoor hyacinths outside after they finished flowering. Now I enjoy them outside as well – they obviously grow on you. Amelia

  2. Christina I pity the olive trees by throwing the ojas: I’m sure she recovers. The carob tree gives you a month of opportunity to see if it shows signs of life. Under the tree of the Granado the coronary anemone “The Bride” shows all its splendor. The Muscari and the rigid Euphorbia make a beautiful couple. You have many beautiful and different hyacinths in bloom that are wonderful for their perfume. You also have many different gorgeous coronary anemones in bloom. However, you have only shown an Iris unguicularis that has started to bloom. Does that mean the Iris will bloom later, right? Thank you very much for the walk through your wonderful garden. Have a good week. Greetings from Margarita.

  3. It’s always a case of one step forward and then two back at this time of year Christina. Sorry to read about the damage done by those cruel cold winds – hopefully most of the victims will recover. The hyacinths must look and smell great. I’ve only ever grown them indoors and have to restrict them to the hall because as you say the smell can be overpowering. My mum always planted them out after flowering in her raised rock garden where they got a lot of sun and thrived.

    • I wasn’t sure about the Hyacinths when I planted the first ones about 6 or 7 years ago. But they come back so consistently that I bought a lot more in 2016; I’ll buy some more this year.

  4. Lovely blooms Christina, yes, I have a few hyacinths but they are planted in pots due to my heavy soil, We have had rain all day today and they are saying we will be back to snow by the weekend, poor plants!

  5. Gorgeous hyacinths. I long for bright green euphorbia! Will have to wait a few weeks, I think. I did spot an anemone the other day though. Scilla sibirica and Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ and common primroses have been delighting me as I leave for and return from work this week. Can’t wait for the weekend for a sunny gardening day (lunch outside! Would be lovely!) There is a horrible rumour of more snow on Sunday…

  6. Wow, I love it all, but must confess the only Hyacinth I ever loved was the Roman Hyacinth. Those Anemones are fantastic, as are the Euphorbias, chartreuse is a favorite garden color and difficult to come by here. My neighbor has an olive tree, that looks wonderful. But no olives.

  7. That’s such a nice scene with the euphorbia and grape hyacinths, as well as the regular hyacinths. Here they are still a few weeks from blooming, but are a nice reliable splash of color and fragrance before the tulips take over.

  8. It’s lovely to see your garden waking up, and I see you’ve had the foresight to plant in colour groups. I never think to do that, more in the terms of filling up empty spaces.

  9. The scent of those hyacinths in the sunshine almost reaches here! I love the grape hyacinths too, they will be flowering here when we get some consistently warm weather – not yet!

  10. I really like the color combination and textures of Muscari and Euphorbia together. My muscari seems to have died out. Your hyacinths are beautiful. I have only a few hyacinths but am noticing the same effect as you that they are visible from the window of the house. Adds a nice bit of color. Mine don’t come back as well as yours–only a few.

    • I’m lucky, they seem to all come back and only one has broken into several slimmer stems, but I don’t mind even if they do that. Perhaps they like to be dry in summer like tulips.

  11. We’ve been riding a weather roller-coaster as well, Christina, and it’s the bulbs here too that are shining at the moment, with those native to South Africa being the best bloomers. I wish Anemones did as well here as they do in your garden. They’re one of my favorite bulbs but I haven’t been able to get them established here for some reason. I don’t grow Hyacinths but, having seen them in your garden (and Susie’s), I think perhaps I’ll give them a try next year.

  12. Sorry to hear you have found more wind damage, Christina and hope those you have decided to keep survive and perk up in due course. I too have found more damage – roses outside the kitchen windows which must have been directly exposed to the brunt of the NE wind. They both have new growth evident though, fortunately. Like others, I am unsure of hyacinths outside but these PN mixes are surprisingky attractive – but I’m with Dorris on the euphorbia/muscari mix. Delightful!

    • I’m quite worried that the Wisteria buds were damaged too which will make me sad. Most of the roses were damaged and after my hard pruning this year I think they will struggle this year but will recover. The Euphorbia gives great splashes of colour, I love it.

      • Gosh, I didn’t think about the wisteria…. 😐 Although against the wall of the house it too would have borne the brunt, but perhaps buds here were still dormant enough. Hope yours survives and still flowers well. I have not had roses affected before so I have no idea how long they would take to recover… Does this euphorbia seed itself about?

  13. Hi Christina, I have the same Muscari and Euphorbia combination in my own garden, though they were planted years apart and I didn’t plan it. I love the bright blue and yellow color combination. I really admire your hyacinths. Unfortunately, like tulips, hyacinths don’t flourish here.

  14. Your garden has survived quite well, but how did your succulents do? The hyacinths certainly provide a lively splash of colour. I love the muscari peeping through the euphorbia. Have you got a return of the Beast? We are white over again after just one spring day to tantalise us and remind us what spring feels like.

    • We have lots of rain rather than snow but cold weather is promised again for Easter. Some of the succulents were in the greenhouse, others were placed against the west facing house wall and are mostly ok. The largest lemon which was outside is dead I think but I’ll wait a while to see if new growth appears.

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