|Another mild Winter, another wet Spring - and then some sharp frosts to zap the unwary.|
|The crazy paving area and pots have survived well. Rhododendron "Sarled" is flowering very well in its pot and the new Convolvulus cneorum is doing well (the original one, planted in the wall bed, died last year, aged 8).|
Erinus alpinus albus is covering the tufa and there are a few flower heads of Saxifraga paniculata balcana. Saxifraga "Esther" is exuberant in its pot on the patio (below)
|The other Saxifrages are also quite happy - Sax. canis-dalmatica with its pretty red spotted flowers in the old sink (left) and Saxifraga paniculata correvoniana with Saxifraga "Caesia St.John" (probably) in their pot nestling in the Hemerocallis and Convallaria leaves.|
|The irises are variable this year.|
|Iris innominata "Peacock" peers out between the geraniums in bed 5 (left).|
|The Californian irises in bed 4 (above right and below) have continued in their varied enthusiasm although all six were from the same source planted eight years ago - and neglected to the same extent ever since.|
|Iris sibirica Tropic Night is flourishing in bed 5. The strange thing on the left of the picture is a black twig pole I have bought for the climbing Dicentra, to stop it straggling over everything else (possibly!)|
The only bearded iris to flower so far is "Sable" (right) - well it was flowering, but the wretched foxes flattened it just after I took the photo!
"My Honeycombe" was also planning to flower but its stem got 'snailed' and it keeled over, too soon for it to open in water.
The snails are amazing this year - climbing right up the trees!
The Nectaroscordon, which thrives like its Allium relatives, dwarfs everything on the raised bed, while the Aquilegias in bed 5 continue their promiscuous ways. After eight years they have produced a double with variegated leaves which is not pure white - it has the most delicate pink flush at the base.
The early buds got frosted but later buds flowered and proved that the Wistaria had grown right up the Ash tree (above).
The picture on the left does not show the flowers very well, but shows the height of the tree, with the Cordyline and a glimpse of the tufa bed at the base.
You can also see the red Horse Chestnut (Aesculus x carnea) in the background - even taller.
|The Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum) also got frosted, so has not flowered so well this year, but Viburnum plicatum "Snowflake" in the background is absolutely covered in bloom. You can see the black twig pole again on the right.|
In the foreground to the left you can see the "path" - greener than the beds because it is impossible to weed. I am going to have to give up and use weedkiller on it.
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