May 12th 2016 Still mixed weather

Today started overcast but warm, later the sun appeared but by lunch time a light wind was blowing again.  This is not the weather I expect in May but I fear it is actually quite often like this and I just forget! Continue reading

Alliums and …..

I love Alliums for their structure.  When some are dry, I save them to use as decorations at Christmas, sometimes I even spay them gold to add to garlands.

Alliums need more water than I had imagined so this year with winter and spring being so wet this year my alliums are thriving.

Most Alliums tend to lose their foliage before their flowers appear which can mean they look a little strange with just the flowering stem coming out of the earth.  For this reason I like to associate them with other plants, I especially like them growing through low growing ground cover.

Allium Christophii the first metalic flowers opening

Allium Christophii the first metalic flowers opening

The above still has its foliage but as the flower opens the foliage always dies back.

Allium Christophii with Cotinus, I like the way the flower appears to be part of the cotinus

Allium Christophii with Cotinus, I like the way the flower appears to be part of the cotinus

Allium Christophii with Iris 'Before the Storm' and Cotinus

Allium Christophii with Iris ‘Before the Storm’ and Cotinus

Allium Christophii with Allium Atropurpureum  in the foreground

Allium Christophii with Allium Atropurpureum in the foreground

Allium Christophii with Cistus Silver Pink

Allium Christophii with Cistus Silver Pink

Allium Christophii

Allium Christophii

Allium Christophii with visiting insect

Allium Christophii with visiting insect

Allium Christophii with foliage of Tulip Negrita

Allium Christophii with foliage of Tulip Negrita

Just opening Allium Christophii with Dianthus and Iris Rustic Jewel Large Island

Just opening Allium Christophii with Dianthus and Iris Rustic Jewel Large Island

20130514_9999_26What do you plant with your Allium Christophii?

Allium Purple Sensation in a pot on the terrace

Allium Purple Sensation in a pot on the terrace

Just emerging Allium  Karataviense

Just emerging Allium Karataviense

Allium Karataviense, the exception this has lovely purple edged foliage

Allium Karataviense, the exception this has lovely purple edged foliage

Allium nectaroscordum, I didn't notice the unwelcome visitor until I viewed the image!

Allium nectaroscordum, I didn’t notice the unwelcome visitor until I viewed the image!

Allium Roseum with Rose Scepter'd Isle

Allium Roseum with Rose Scepter’d Isle

Allium Roseum are actually native here and people are surprised I bought them for the garden

Allium Roseum are actually native here and people are surprised I bought them for the garden

I like the way Allium Roseum opens from its papery wrapping

Allium Schubertii

Allium Schubertii

Allium Schubertii, just one from an origional 10 planted in autumn 2009 with Euphorbia myrsinites

Allium Schubertii, just one from an origional 10 planted in autumn 2009 with Euphorbia myrsinites

Allium Schubertii

Allium Schubertii