An Intoxication of Roses.

I’m not sure what the collective noun for roses is but I think ‘an intoxication’ is as good as any. A couple of years ago I wrote about amazing rose garden planted in an old lime quarry which I visited many years ago where over 500 roses had gone wild to create a Sleeping Beauty wilderness of breathtaking beauty. They weren’t pruned or fed but they all looked very healthy. Here is the link. Everything’s Coming up Roses. I think I should like to do the same thing here when I am too old and frail to garden, I shall just let the roses take over and do their own thing. And I can’t think of anything more beautiful. In fact the front garden is already beginning to look that way because I don’t like working there in the time of the plague because of over -enthusiastic puffing joggers and cyclists and garrulous neighbours coming too close. So it is getting wild and woolly and the roses are taking over. These ones along the front of the fence look like Hybrid Musks to me but I am not sure. Whatever they are they are useful because they are repeat flowering.

The gate is guarded by this alba rose and Clematis ‘Contesse de Bouchard’.

Further up we have darker pink ones. I’m not sure of the variety but it travels around as do all the ones in the front garden.

The purplish rose is ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ which is not really blue, thank goodness. Who wants a blue rose?

Rosa’ Rhapsody in Blue”

There are two weeping pears ‘Pyrus saliciifolia in the front garden which are useful for growing roses up. The first one has ‘the rambler ‘Veilchenblau’.

Rosa ‘Veilchenblau’

Next to it is’ Felicite Perpetue’.

Rosa ‘Felicite Perpetue’

In the yew there is a climber ‘Karlesruhe’ which is repeat flowering.

Rosa ‘Karlsruhe’

Of course any self respecting Tudor house has to have roses round the door even if the front of the house is late Georgian.

Let’s go round into the back garden now where apart from next door’s cat Luther there is nobody to disturb us.

The roses were three weeks early this year and they started in late May instead of their proper time in June. I did try a little video to show some of them and several friends seemed surprised that I posted it as it was so shaky and jerky. Clearly I have a lot to learn. The Pianist said I would get trolled if I put it on Youtube but my blogging friends are such nice, kind, people and everyone was very polite. So I might have another go sometime. But I didn’t manage to get round all my roses. So here are some more. Everyone who comes to the garden falls for the David Austin rose ‘Summer Song’, it is such a rich colour.

Rosa ‘Summer Song’

Nearby is another David Austin, this time a paler shade of peach. It is ‘Evelyn’,

Rosa ‘‘Evelyn’

We all love David Austin roses, they are unbeatable. I have quite a few and my favourites are ‘Grace’ ‘Teasing Georgia’ and ‘Munstead Wood’ which is such a fabulous rich colour.

Rosa ‘Grace’
Rosa ‘Teasing Georgia’
Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’

But then how could I leave out beautiful Lady Emma Hamilton’ who has gorgeous flowers, leaves and stems?

Rosa ‘‘Lady Emma Hamillton’

And I also have ‘Mill on the Floss’ ‘Gentle Hermione’ ‘Anne Boleyn’ and ‘Imogen’ and they are all just as beautiful.

I have a special liking for single roses and ‘Sally Holmes ‘ blooms all summer long as long as you dead head her.

Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’

Of course most roses need full sun to really do well and in a mature garden one runs out of sunny spots. But on the other hand there are plenty of trees and here nearly every tree has a rose running up it. The lovely pure white single Rosa leavagata ‘Cooperi’ has scaled the wall and is heading into the greengage tree. This rose needs a sunny spot but I love for its healthy green leaves as well it its flowers, but it is very prickly.

Rosa laevagata ‘Cooperi’

Nearby towering over the greenhouse is a seedling I grew from a Kiftsgate rose and it clearly has ambitions to grow as big as its parent. It is growing up a holly and I find these make good hosts for rambling roses.

It is fun to grow roses from seed because you never know quite what you will get. This next rose grows at a much more sedate pace and is very pretty. I don’t know who its parents were.

Some of the rambling roses I have growing up apple trees are now enormous and I wonder how the poor trees will manage if they get any bigger.

Rosa ‘Treasure Trove’
Rosa ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’

And although ‘Phyllis Bide’ looks wonderful scrambling over the arches into my secret garden I am not sure how long they will be able to support them. I shall have to do some hard pruning.

‘Blush Rambler’ is climbing up the stump of the cherry tree I had chopped down. I think it looks lovely with the dark leaves of the Forest Pansy.

Albertine’ is an old wichuraiana rambler, bred in 1921 in France. It is still a popular one and rightly so. It has a lovely perfume and beautiful coppery pink flowers. It is easy from cuttings. Incidentally, now is a good time to take rose cuttings whilst they are still flexible. Take ones about the thickness of a pencil.

Rosa ‘Albertine’

Climbing roses are not as rampant as ramblers and so they can be grown up smaller trees or bushes. I love the single flowers of ‘Mermaid”

And I adore the complex shape and gorgeous colour of ‘James Galway’ which a fellow blogger identified for me.

Rosa ‘James Galway’

‘Lady Hillingdon’ has scrumptious flowers which look as if they have been dipped in tea. She is too idle to hold up her heads though.

Rosa ‘Lady Hillingdon’

I have more than sixty roses so I can’t write about them all here but you can see my obsession is gradually taking over. They get minimal care, a bit of pruning and I do feed them once a year . I never spray and if any rose suffers badly from blackspot or rust then they have to go, I haven’t got any room for invalids.

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In a Vase on Monday. A Walk on the Wild Side.

We have enjoyed watching the changing seasons whilst we have walked round our lanes, fields and woods during lockdown. In April we enjoyed the bluebells.


In May, the meadows were spangled with gleaming yellow buttercups.

And the lanes were lined with the froth of cow parsley.

And now we have ox -eye daises and poppies.


And in the hedgerows there are wild roses and honeysuckle.

So my vase today takes its inspiration from our walk. I don’t pick wild flowers of course, but I did pick some wild oats from the verge. The foxgloves, ox -eye daises, poppies, honeysuckle, elder flowers and roses were from my own garden. The ox-eye daisies, Leucanthemum vulgare are pretty, but horribly invasive and I am always grubbing them out.



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The foxgloves put themselves in this corner. Behind them you can see the elder.

Digitalis purpurea

I don’t have wild honeysuckle in the garden but this gorgeous Lonicera periclymenun ‘Scentsation’ is a particularly fragrant substitute.

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Scentsation’

And instead of the wild rose I have used a lovely, single rambling rose called ‘Francis. E. Lester’ It is deliciously fragrant too.

Rosa ”Francis.E.Lester’

I bought my jug when we went to the delightfully quirky Port Meirion. I wonder when we will ever be able to go there again.

But never mind we are lucky to live in a pretty part of rural Suffolk.

 

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts this meme and this week she seems to be in a celebratory mood, do pop over and see and you will find what other people have found in their June gardens for a vase this week.

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Wordless Wednesday. Hungry Babies.

Baby Blackbirds

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A Walk Round the June Garden.

I have tried several attempts to make a video of the garden. The first made me feel sick to watch it. The second one invaded the Pianist’s privacy. I walked straight past him sitting in his chair reading and didn’t notice I was filming him as I was so focused on my Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’. I said did it really matter, he wasn’t picking his nose or anything. He said that wasn’t the only problem, you could hardly hear a word I said and why was I whispering. I was whispering because I felt a silly chump walking round the garden talking loudly to myself. Anyway I had another go, avoiding the Pianist in his hammock and declaiming loudly.  This time after hours of trying, I couldn’t upload it to YouTube, ( or is it download, I can never remember the difference?) Apparently, it was too long. So here is my fourth effort; it’s still jerky but perhaps not quite as bad as the first one, there is no sign of the Pianist and I am not whispering. I haven’t shown all the garden and I finished rather abruptly when I realised I was running out of time. And I missed out lots of roses that are looking great right now. But maybe, if I can get this onto YouTube I will try again another time and show you the the parts I missed. You never got to see my vegetable garden or my greenhouse.

By the way, the hosta I showed you just before the abrupt end is ‘Sum and Substance’.

 

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Six on Saturday. Magical May.

Are the roses the best ever this year? And they are so early. They are so intoxicating it is difficult to take my attention away from them and focus on other flowers but glorious as they are, they deserve a post of their own and there are other May beauties which shouldn’t go unsung. The weather is gloriously warm and sunny at the moment so let’s start with some cool and elegant whites. White flowers are always a joy, specially at dusk on a summer evening. First of all some easy annuals which seed themselves every year into a pleasing group. Orlaya grandiflora seems to stay around nicely here and so does the white corncockle, Agrostemma githago ‘Ocean Pearls’ and they look lovely together.

Orlaya grandiflora and Agrostemma githago ‘Ocean Pearls.’

Corncockle used to be a poisonous weed of the cornfields so don’t eat it. Each flower looks as if somebody has carefully drawn lines of little brown dots along the petals.

Another easy pure white annual which self seeds is Omphalodes linifolia, or if you prefer the common name, which I certainly don’t; ‘Venus’s Navelwort’. I prefer to leave navels out of this, the flowers look more like hundreds of little stars rather than navels.

Omphalodes linifolia

I grew the next lovely white dianthus from seed two years ago thinking it was an annual but it comes back every year and although it is very pretty, its main attraction is the glorious scent which travels some distance. I keep it in a pot. Next year I shall grow more so I have it all over the garden. I can’t resist fragrant flowers. I couldn’t remember its name so I just checked my 2018 seed list and find two likely candidates and I don”t know which it is so perhaps somebody can help me? It must be either Dianthus monspessulanus or Dianthus  superbus ‘Spooky’. Any suggestions as to which?  Next year I will buy both again to make sure I get this super fragrant one.

Dianthus 

For damp loving soil on the margins of the pond the buttercup bubble- shaped flowers of  the Globe flower, Trollius europaeus  are lovely. But if you like something a little more recherché and I do, then seek out the pale lemon Trollius x cultorum ‘ Alabaster‘.

Trollius x cultorum ‘Alabaster’

Right, I seem to have come to number six, so let’s finish with some sizzling red, and you can’t get much redder than this delightful late flowering tulip, Tulipa sprengeri which blooms when most tulips are just a memory. It is a wild tulip from Turkey where it is possibly now extinct. It is rarely offered in bulb catalogues so it is better to grow it from seed. It takes three to four years to get flowers but it is worth the wait, once you have it, it self- seeds but not very enthusiastically, it is better to collect the seeds and sow them yourself in a pot outside, buried in the ground so that it doesn’t get frosted. You can scatter them on the soil, but I prefer to know exactly where they are so they don’t get weeded out. The seeds and little bulbs have this amazing trick of pulling themselves down in the pot and they do this when planted out too so never try and dig one up it will be very deep in the soil. They like a shady spot.

Tulipa sprengeri

The scarlet flowers have golden anthers and the petals are beautifully marked with gold on the outside.

Tulipa sprengeri

Now I have got started I find there are plenty of other treasures to show you so perhaps I will come back in a few days with some more. In the meantime, thanks to The Propagator who hosts this popular meme and gets people all over the world slaving over a hot computer instead of being outside soaking up this glorious weather and the scent of their roses. Do go and check out some of the other lovely Six on Saturdays.

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Top Ten May Blooms.

I nearly missed the date for my top ten monthly blooms this time as I have become so detached from the calendar. I just rushed out to take some photos but it is blowing a hooley and my lovely irises which I wanted to feature are looking terrible: some of them are lying drunkenly on the ground and they all have tattered petals and look as if they have been partying too hard.

But I am getting ahead of myself, let’s go back to the beginning of the month and look at the May-flowering Magnolia laevifolia  ‘Gail’s Favourite’. I love this shrub, it is evergreen and the buds look as if they are covered in brown suede. They open up into masses of scented white flowers. This used to be classified as Michelia  yunananensis and it is not supposed to be reliably hardy, but mine is several years old and has never been even slightly damaged by frost.

Magnolia laevifolia ‘Gail’s Favourite’

In early May, my excitement mounts as the buds on my tree peonies fatten up. I grew them from seed and at eleven years old they are a wonderful sight with so many flowers I can’t count them all as I did when they first started blooming. They were supposed to be Chinese Paeonia rockii, that wonderful, but elusive white flower with the dark, almost black flare at the base of each petal. But bees have been busy and they range from pale to dark pink but they still have the distinctive chocolatey centre. They should be known as Paeonia ‘Gansu Mudan’ and not rockii.

Paeonia ‘Gansu Mudan

Whatever you call them I think you will agree they are gorgeous and worth the long wait of six or seven years to get flowers from seed- grown plants.
Roses are early this year and so the garden has a June look to it right now but the earliest May-flowering rose is the delectable climber Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’. It needs plenty of space, mine grows up the trunk of an old apple tree and is just ten years old from a tiny cutting.

Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’

It is a shame I had to cut this tree down but its mossy trunk lends itself to the rose and also the Clematis montana ‘Marjorie’ which  climbs up the trunk on the right.

Rosa banksiae ”Lutea’

Clematis montana is wonderful for scrambling up trees or along a fence or wall. I have several of them.

Clematis montana ‘Marjorie’

Here are a few others.

Clematis’wilsonii’ is blooming right at the top of the tree and whilst I am sure he must be a lovely sight for the neighbours, I have to crane my neck to see it and I can’t get near enough to smell it.

I have a lovely evergreen tree from Chile which blooms in May. Unlike Azara microphylla which blooms in early March with vanilla scented flowers, this azara has darker yellow, much bigger and more showy flowers. I think it is Azara serrata but I am not sure, I grew it from a cutting from my old garden, it is about about twelve years old now. The flowers look rather like those of mimosa.

Azara serrata

Azara serrrata

Another May- flowering shrub is beautiful right now. It is Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ and has gorgeous burgundy red flowers which are slightly fragrant. It is a cross betwwen Calycanthus and Sinocalycanthus. I once tried to grow Sinocalycanthus and failed dismally, but this seems very easy and problem -free. It likes a sunny spot.

Calycanthus x raulstoni ‘Hartlage Wine’

Wisterias have been wonderful this year. This one which I have tried to train as a standard, usually gets all its buds picked off by pigeons but this year they have taken a fancy to my thalictrums instead.

Wisteria are easy from layered cuttings. It is a waste of time trying to grow them from seed, they will take years to bloom and when and if, they do they will probably be disappointing. Over two of the arches into my secret garden I have wisterias, one is pink and the other one is white.


I have an unusual flowering shrub from New Zealand , which I now learn is Sophora tetraptera. It has clusters of pea-like yellow flowers and is quite eye-catching, specially against a blue sky. The flowers are followed by large seed pods and so I have a few baby trees coming along.

Sophora tetraptera

Another unusual and eye-catching tree is the Chilean Lantern Tree, Crinodendron hookerianum. It likes a sheltered spot and acid soil. I don’t have acid soil so I grow mine in a large pot against the wall. It has happily grown through the pot onto the soil.

Crinodendron hookerianum

 

Crinodendron hookerianum

I will finish with a few orchids.

I seem to have missed out so many May beauties that maybe I will do another post soon. I haven’t said a word about my beloved irises and they deserve a post of their own. But that is enough for now. I hope your gardens are surviving this awful wind if you live in the UK. And I hope wherever you live you are keeping well and safe and don’t forget to be A Lert. All this staying at home and enjoying the garden every single day is lovely, if you can forget the horrors all about us. But it does mean I haven’t bought one single plant since February and that is very strange for me, in fact it’s an all-time record. Still, when I look round the garden I think I probably don’t actually need any more plants, although that has never stopped me in the past.

Please join me and share your favourite May blooms.

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In a Vase on Monday. Plants for Free.

May seems to be the month when the garden is full of carpets of colour made up of self -seeded plants. The gardener can sit back and enjoy the show without having to do anything at all to create it. I didn’t even have to introduce many of the self-seeders here. Sheets of blue are provided by forgetmenots, camassias, brunnera and bluebells.

The Spanish bluebells in one part of my garden are a strain with enormous flowers which are more like hyacinths.

Scilla hispanica

Mysotis and Brunnera

Yellow looks wonderful with the blue and comes in the form of  Welsh poppies, cowslips and acid- yellow Smyrnium perfoliatum .

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I did start off with a few plants of Smyrnium perfoliatum a few years ago and now I can just sit back and enjoy them. They always put themselves just in the right place.

Smyrniium perfoliatum

The delicate flowers of the Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica seem to find the most charming places to bloom too.

Meconopsis cambrica

The double orange poppy, Papaver rupifragum comes up everywhere.

Papaver rupifragum

Tellima grandiflora has spikes of small green bell shaped flowers and it comes up everywhere but it looks very elegant.

Tellima grandiflora

Yellow Archangel is very invasive too but quite useful for shady corners where not much else grows.

Lamium galobdolon

And of course, May sees the start of the aquilegias and if you start off with a few packet of seeds in different colours you are never without them.

Aquilegia vulgaris

Honesty runs around everywhere and is always welcome, especially in the white form, or better still the white variegated form. An added bonus is the number of orange tip butterflies it attracts.

Lunaria annua

White Lunaria annua

Lunaria annua ‘Alba variegata’

The starry white flowers of Star of Bethelehem, Ornithogalum umbellatum put themselves everywhere too and they can become an awful nuisance, but the flowers are very pretty.

Ornithogalum umbellatum

So my vase today is made up of these willing and sometimes over -enthusiastic volunteers in the garden.

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts our Monday meme and today she is sultry and sophisticated. Do go and see.

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International Dawn Chorus Day.

The first Sunday in May is Dawn Chorus Day. This celebration  was started in the 1980s by the naturalist, Chris Baines.  I still have his influential book, How to Make a Wildlife Garden.  The first dawn chorus party was a 4 a.m. gathering to celebrate his birthday. Now it is an international event celebrated all round the world. So this morning, I got out of bed at 4.40 a.m to go into the garden and have a party with the birds. The first thing I noticed was how loud it is. Lying in bed listening to it is just not the same as being out in the middle of it. Standing in the garden surrounded by a glorious symphony of sound on every side was a wonderful experience. It was cold standing out there in my nothings and there was a heavy dew, but it was amazing. I’ve never done it before and I’ll probably never do it again as I’m not an early riser, but I am glad I experienced it. Now I need to learn how to identify the different songs. Maybe you can help identify them. I hope you enjoy the recording I made. If you can get out of your nice, warm bed one morning soon, I can recommend it as an unforgettable experience. And I would love to hear which  birds are singing in your garden.

 

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In a Vase on Monday. We’ll Gather Lilacs in the Spring Again.

‘There were few houses that did not contain in their gardens… lilac bushes…And so it came about that, all through the month of May, each small house found itself dowered with an expected magnificence, a whole, silent household staff of young lilacs gathered about the door and filling the interior with sweet air and fragrant smells, a staff which could have been supplied in an Eastern fairy-tale only by a  fairy gifted with poetical powers’. Proust.

Syringa vulgaris

The scent of the lilac wafts all over the garden, so at some point each day I am stirred by Proustian moments of childhood memories. Their flowering time is so brief and so evocative of bygone times. It makes me think of Edwardian ladies with parasols. I love to cut armfuls to enjoy in the house. If you are superstitious you might believe it is unlucky to bring it into the house, but I am not, so I do it, and always have done. I think that once it was believed that the lilac belonged to the fairies and then the Victorians associated them with death.  Anyway, I am defying the fairies today and enjoying this lovely vase full of gorgeous frothy blooms.


Some years ago, in another life I had a lovely German mother-in-law who claimed that when the lilacs are in bloom then everybody suffered from ‘Frühlingsmüdigkeit‘ or spring tiredness. I don’t know whether this strange condition afflicts just German people or if it is more widespread than that. Fortunately, we don’t get it here and it is just as well because like you, I am having to spend an enormous amount of time on cleaning my shopping and washing everything in the house. And this week is National Gardening Week so of course I have to celebrate that by working in the garden. But of course, just like you, my dear blogging friends, I don’t need a special week for that, I do it anyway when I can spare time from washing my hands or my light switches and door knobs.

Cathy from Rambling in the Garden hosts this Monday meme and today she has a bit of glitz and glamour, so perhaps she is in a party mood. Lilac always makes me  feel nostalgic and this year I am nostalgic for a time when I could hug my family and friends – and be a domestic slob.

 

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Top Ten April Blooms.

Top Ten Bloom Day falls on St. George’s Day this year. Why somebody who was born in Turkey should be the patron saint of England has always baffled me, even if he was a handy man to have around if you had dragons  to be slain, or ‘worms’ as our ancestors called them. I know the early crusaders adopted him and had a red cross on their tunics in his memory as they embarked on their murderous campaigns, but nowadays this dark part of our history is not one that should be celebrated. I think we should reinstate St. Edmund who was King Of East Anglia and our patron saint for 300 years. He was beheaded by those dastardly Danes led by Ivor the Boneless and his head was thrown into the forest. But a talking wolf magically led his searchers to the head, saying ‘hic, hic, hic.’ I think that is a much more impressive trick than slaying worms.

And what has this to do with my top ten April blooms you might ask? Sorry, nothing at all.  Really, it is impossible to pick out just ten blooms for this month when every day brings new delights. April is blossom time and apple, cherry and quince are all looking fabulous but crab apples are my favourites because not only do you get blossom now but you get decorative fruit in autumn. My biggest  one was here when we arrived, it is Malus ‘Golden Hornet’ and it is huge and full of bloom. It looks splendid sitting next to the glorious Acer ‘Brilliantissimum’

My favourite is one I grew from a seed of Malus transitoria. As far as I can see it has come true from seed and it has the daintiest blossom followed by small yellow fruit that look like little beads.

Malus transitoria seedling

My newest crab apple is planted in the large area of garden rescued last year from an ever encroaching hedgerow. I have planted trees and shrubs here and put down a weed membrane and wood chippings. I can’t ask the Pianist to play dodgems with all the trees on his lawn mower, it would be carnage so although a primavera  meadow would be nice I can’t have one. The tree is Malus ”Wedding Bouquet’ which has lovely pink buds opening to creamy white  blossom followed by red fruit.

Malus ‘Wedding Bouquet’

The first rose to bloom in my garden is the primrose- yellow, single ‘Canary Bird’ and it is a welcome sight as it sits in a froth of blue forgetmenot. It is an old bush and was here when we came.

Rosa ‘Canary Bird’

Rosa ‘Canary Bird’ with apple blossom.

I have planted another early flowering yellow rose which is more of a buttercup yellow. It is called Rosa ecae ”Helen Knight. It has lovely ferny foliage.

Rosa ecae ‘Helen Knight’

I have talked about my love of magnolias on this blog and I have three April blooming ones which are much appreciated, specially as they usually miss the frosts which can ruin March -blooming ones. Magnolia lilifora is a dark pink one and I am pleased with this one because it is one I propagated myself by layering the tree in my old garden.

Magnolia liliflora

Magnolia ‘Susan’is one of the ‘Little Girl’ series created by crossing Magnolia liliflora with Magnolia stellata. They all have girls’ names and they are all lovely. Susan is four years old and she is only just starting to get lots of blooms.

Magnolia ‘Susan’

I also love the primrose yellow one called ‘Elizabeth’ and this year it is blooming quite well.

Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’

The prettiest white-flowered shrub at the moment is Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’ which is sometimes called the Pearl Bush. It has a nice weeping habit and is smothered in pure white blooms.

Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’

I love anything fragrant and the scent of Genista spachiana from the Canary Islands is fantastic. I kept it in the greenhouse for a couple of years because I wasn’t sure how hardy it is. But it came through outside this year with no die- back at all.

Genista spachiana

Nearby I have the lovely lilac-flowered  mallow, Abutilon suntense. I think it can be short -lived but it is easy from cuttings or seed.

Abutilon x suntense

And now for some smaller treasures, earlier in the month I would have been writing about erythroniums, epimediums and and anemones. But we still have gorgeous trilliums. This is a clump of Trillium grandiflorum that I have had for years and it gets bigger and better every year.

Trillium grandiflorum

Another treasure which spreads is the double form of the Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex ‘Plena’ which is a bit of a mouthful for such a pretty little plant.

Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex ‘Plena’

I like to show at least one climber in my monthly top bloom round up and this month it will be the chocolate vine, Akebia quinata. I believe this has become a noxious weed in many parts of the States, but not here in the UK, although it does need a large area to scramble on it. It is supposed to smell of chocolate but I can’t detect it but it is a pretty and unusual flower.

Akebia quinata

and I also have a cream form.

Akebia quinata ‘Cream Form’

I will finish with an orchid as orchids always thrill me and this is the first time this has bloomed for me. It is a Lady’s Slipper Orchid, called Cypripedium ‘Lucas’.

Cypripedium ‘Lucas’

I am sorry to have left so many beauties out this month, I did try to make a video today because the garden is looking so beautiful. But when I sat and watched it I felt sick for an hour so my video-making skills need a bit of work. Please join me and show some of your favourite April blooms.

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