I have been away for a week. What at a time to leave the garden. Jason from Gardeninacity spoke about how difficult this is in recent post. Only a gardener understands how hard it is to leave the garden at this time of the year. I missed the pale pink tree peony which I have been waiting for so long. I showed you the bud in a recent post. Now I am home and it looks like this.
If your partner is not a gardener and wants to go walking in Snowdonia in May, well there is nothing you can do about it, except to make sure that visits to Bondnant, Powis and Crug Nursery are included in the itinerary.
The best thing about leaving the garden is the excitement of coming back and finding things in bloom.
I am going to show you just a few of the treasures that delighted me on my return yesterday. By the pond the delicate pale lemon Trollius x cultorum ‘Alabaster’ is gorgeous.
I found that it had produced a white flowered baby. Maybe it will make my fortune. Or is there already a white one?
I love Ragged Robin: Lychnis flos-cuculi and I think this white form is so delicate.
At last the Albuca nelsonii that I grew from seed is in bloom. I had to wait for three years whilst it made a really big, fat bulb. I am not terribly impressed with it, I much prefer the delicate yellow Allbuca shawii which doesn’t keep you waiting for so long for its pretty bell shaped flowers.
In a pot I have Dicentra formosa ‘Bacchanal’. It has lovely blue foliage and really deep red flowers.
In a large pot is Crinodendron hookerianum. It has to live in a pot because I cannot provide the acid soil it likes. It probably benefits from the protection of the wall where it lives. I love its bright red lanterns.
May is Aquilegia time. I love them all and I am happy when they arrange their own marriages because you never know how their children will turn out, they are all lovely.
I love Thalictrums too and I am not sure which this is but it is the first one to flower in my garden.
White flowers are always a delight and I love this Anthericum liliago.
There are plenty of roses out. Here are just a couple. The thornless Zepherine Drouhin.
I love the delicate colour of this rose which was here when we came. I’m not sure of its name.
I would love to show you all my Irises but we would be here all day. This clump of Iris sibirica is gorgeous though and an unusual greyish colour. It flowers before all the other Iris sibirica.
I will finish with just one of my lovely bearded Iris, I am not sure which one to choose because they are all beautiful.
It’s wonderful to be home and to be able to enjoy all these beauties.