I thought that something a little more ‘genteel’ after last weeks’ post would be in order.
The Marguerite has started blooming and provides a nice contrast to the more saturated colours of the Osteospermums dotted around the garden.
With the warmer weather, the Iceland Poppies are now starting to put on a better display: the little Muscari bulbs have been flowering since late July.
I took advantage of the nice weather on the weekend and dug a new foundation bed. This bed is on the shady, eastern side of the house underneath many established trees, including a large Japanese Maple which has burst into leaf and flower. I just love the translucent green of new spring growth:
Given the summer shade, the new bed will have azaleas and hydrangeas (all of these were just grown from cuttings), primroses, tiarellas and other woodland lovers.
At the sunny end of the bed, I have planted a Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ shrub – this will pick up the golden hues of the Pencil Pine at the front of the house. Also a couple of other new Japanese Maple seedlings dotted along the beds on either side of the path will make this a very tranquil space, even though at just 8m/24′ wide, it is somewhat narrow.
At the other end of the opposite bed and a suitable distance from the house I planted a Dawn Redwood – Metasequoia glyptostroboides – last summer . Even though the soil here is sandy and rocky which will act as a natural growth inhibitor (the dawn redwood likes deep alluvial soils if it is to reach its full potential), this will still be a big tree in my lifetime: it should grow approximately 1m/3′ each year for the next 20 years, so it will be interesting to track its progress from chest height sapling to forest giant 🙂
In the food garden, the evergreen blueberries that I planted in July are laden with flowers turning into fruit. The deciduous ones are just coming into bud, so it will be fantastic to be able to pick blueberries from as early as next month until late autumn from just seven little plants
The strawberries are in flower. One of them, Fragaria ananassa ‘fragoo’ even sports the most delicate pink blossom which is just delightful:
And lastly, one the climbing roses that I planted as bare root stock have started to flower. It sure is a beauty – this one is ‘Blushing Pierre de Ronsard’:
The idea is to train these up the basement wall, staircase and veranda railings at the front of the house (the other side of the house has climbing Iceberg roses). The old fashioned blooms on this one are very pretty and fragrant.
As always, happy gardening 🙂