The garden developed quite a lot in five years - upwards and outwards.
(Sorry the pictures are not very good. They are all taken from a video because that way I can re-use the tape instead of wasting a lot of film on out-of-focus photos.)
|There are even pots on the roof.|
The palms Trachycarpus fortunei and Brahea armata are seen here, plus a trimmed leaf of Brahea edulis (which did not take the Winter so well).
Also in view are Iris confusa, I.japonica and I.japonica "Aphrodite" (looking rather sorry for itself).
|From upstairs you can see how well filled the beds are now. |
The little tree in the foreground is Cercis siliquastrum which flowered exuberantly this year and is now covered with bunches of pods.
|The crazy paving area has also sprouted lots of pots and a very small fountain.|
Clematis cirrhosa "Freckles" and Clematis glauca akebiodes are hanging off the wall, Convolvulus cneorum is outgrowing the wall bed and Sisyrinchium striatum seeds itself all over the crazy paving, joined by Viola cornuta, Campanula rotundifolia and assorted weeds.
|The trees have grown as well. |
Magnolia grandiflora (just visible on the right) is now a decent size and flowers quite well and Cotinus coggygria "Flame" (insignificant in bed 3 in the earlier photos) is now rather impressive and dominates the centre of the garden with its smoky flowers.
|The Yucca which was there before I moved in has changed relatively little, except that it is even more ungainly, requiring a prop for its trunk, and it now has two heads. Unfortunately it has a tendency to flower in mid-Winter, so the flower head gets frosted and does not last very long.|
Phormium "Bronze Baby" in the foreground did not enjoy the Winter.
|Bed 5 is now "established". The greenery in the right hand picture is mainly various Iris sibirica cultivars, Asarum hartwegii, Vancouveria hexandra and Viola "Freckles", plus ferns. The irises flowered well this year, but only for a short time.|
| The other side of the bed is dominated by the giant leaves of Magnolia macrophylla - tender but it survived last Winter without complaining (and without protection).|
There is yet another iris in the foreground here - I.graminea this time.
|Daylilies do well in my garden.|
Hemerocallis fulva "Green Kwanso" pushes its way up between paving slabs!
|This is "Lynn Hall", one of the first things I planted in bed 4.|
Also in bed 4 is "Joan Senior" -
the nearest to white that I have found so far.
.. and this is "Chicago Petticoats",
with a glimpse of Clematis viticella "Alba luxurians" in the background where it is growing up Magnolia hypoleuca
|Foxgloves do well here too.|
Digitalis purpurea (selected by me for the white ones - I pull up the pink before they seed) and D.lutea grow like weeds.
This strange brown one is Digitalis parviflora which is now seeding itself about nicely in bed 4.
|while Digitalis lanata flourishes in bed 5 and has now spread to bed 4.|
|I also like Arisaemas and their relatives and watch for their spikes to appear through the other foliage in early summer. |
This is Arisaema tortuosum with a lovely dark spotted stem and green spathe. It seems perfectly happy pushing its way through the violas.
| This is the bottom of the garden. I can't get very close because of the brambles! If I do get through I may discover where the fox (who watches me weeding and who takes empty flower pots as toys) has made his earth.|
The white flower is Rosa mulliganii (R.longicuspis) which is growing right up into the Hornbeam tree.
As you see, the dominant colour in the garden is green - I enjoy foliage just as much as flowers. To increase the cool, restful effect, most of the flowers are pale coloured - some are even green.
[ the patch of ground ] [ early days ] [ February 1997 ] [ April 1997 ] [ July 1997 ] [ February 1998 ] [ May 1998 ] [ May 1999 ]
[ January 2000 ] [ March 2000 ] [ 2000 / 2001 ] [ March 2002 ] [ April 2002 ] [ February 2003 ] [ the plants ]
|or back to the||main index|
[ My Cats, Cat Clubs & Shows ] [ Supreme Cat Show ] [ Cats in the UK ] [ Other Stuff ]
[ web design & stuff ] [ INDEX for text-only browsers ] [ Search the Palantir site ]
Copyright © 1996 - 2005 Palantir Design Ltd. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2009 Jan Finn. All rights reserved.