The Long View April 2014

Today is the day Heather at Xeric Style posts about the Long View.  Why not join in you oly need one image showing a wide or long view that you will show each month.

I find these posts far more interesting than ones about individual flowers as a garden is more than the sum of its parts!

The long view with just a glimpse of the Wisteria which is flowering now.

The long view with just a glimpse of the Wisteria which is flowering now.

Zomming in to see the detail in the crimson zone actually just to the left of the wide view today

Zomming in to see the detail in the crimson zone actually just to the left of the wide view today

As I was leaning out of the window to take today’s images, solitary bees were buzzing loudly trying to find homes in the warm tuffo wall.

Tulip 'Negrita' in the Upper Drive border with Artemisia 'Valerie Finnis'

Tulip ‘Negrita’ in the Upper Drive border with Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’

Tulip 'Negrita' in the Large Island

Tulip ‘Negrita’ in the Large Island

Tulip 'Purple Dream' with the froth of new growth os fennel

Tulip ‘Purple Dream’ with the froth of new growth of fennel

The Crimson Zone – Tulips

More and more Anemone Sylphide are flowering although a rogue red one is flowering here too.  Is it a seedling from last year’s corms or one that just crept into the wrong pack I wonder?  It would be lovely to think they are spreading by seed but maybe a bit optimistic for one to be flowering in its first year. Continue reading

Pink

I wouldn’t really describe myself as a ‘pink’ person but I do love very deep fuchsia pink.  Last year I started planting a small area of the garden with just this colour, the idea being that there would be something flowering in that colour for most of the year.

If you’ve seen any of my previous posts over the last few months you will have seen Anemone Sylphide.  I am thrilled with the colour and how long it has flowered; it is still producing new blooms now and it began on January 15th.

Anemone Sylphide

Anemone Sylphide

Last spring I saw two tulips that caught my eye on other blogs.  Hillwards showed Tulip Barcelona, just the colour I wanted and available from my supplier; I have not been disappointed by its silky loveliness.  Wife, Mother Gardener raved about the little tulip Persian Pearl (she has shown it a couple of times this year too.  I think it must like her cooler conditions better than mine because mine was over in about a week, but as it is a species type it should at least bulk up for next year and will hopefully make a better impression.

Tulip Barcelona

Tulip Barcelona

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T. Barcelona, I like the way the petals curve out in a most elegant way

T. Barcelona, I like the way the petals curve out in a most elegant way

The petals look like silk

The petals look like silk

The first tulip opens in 2013 - T. Persian

The first tulip opens in 2013 – T. Persian Pearl

Tulip Persian Pearl

Tulip Persian Pearl

I included Hyacinth Miss Saigon, but again this opened and finished very quickly so the jury is out as to whether I would plant others, it will depend on its performance next year.  Little Gem irises were pretty but their colour didn’t live up to their description but they did flower for a long time so I enjoyed having them in the garden.

Hyacinth Miss Saigon

Hyacinth Miss Saigon

I also bought Tulip Purple Dream not expecting it to be a similar colour.  This tulip is indeed a dream I’ve never seen a tulip with a larger flower, the images don’t do it justice.  It was very tall too, although this could be because it was planted with Cerinthe all around it so it might just have been reaching for the light. I hadn’t planted it in the same bed as the others but I might be tempted into buying some this autumn (don’t think about it yet) to give a different form in the bed.

T. Purple Dream

T. Purple Dream

T. Purple Dream with the light behind its petals, this is a new favourite

T. Purple Dream with the light behind its petals, this is a new favourite

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Wide open showing a white throat T. Purple Dream

Wide open showing a white throat T. Purple Dream

The same applies to T. Double Dazzle planted in autumn 2010 in the large island; I think it would look great with the other tulips.

T. Double Dazzle

T. Double Dazzle

T. Double Dazzle looks great with Euphorbia rigida

T. Double Dazzle looks great with Euphorbia rigida

Sadly the tulips have all finished now but I’ll post about some of the others that were especially beautiful this year and the plants that associated well with them.