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It's going to be a quick one this week.  I've been busy primping and preening ready for the village open gardens on Sunday and I've not left myself much time to write this post.  After weeks of trying to squeeze extra things into my allotted six, I'm now going to have to be brief.  Ironic, no? Numbers one to four are the Long Border.  I've written about it before, and how I based it on Gertrude Jekyll's design for her garden at Munstead Wood.  She trained as an artist before she turned to gardening and was au fait with the latest colour theories.  She designed these borders to start with white and blue.......... Snapdragon, Delphiniums, Rue and Aruncus moving from pale to deeper yellow... Coreopsis, Achillea and Monarda Then it's on to the reds and oranges... Lychnis, Nasturtiums, Lilies before returning to yellow and then blue. Agapanthus, Clematis, Anthemis My number five spot goes to these tomatoes.  I may have found the answer to our Six on Saturday comp


It's been another dry, warm week and it's been like Summer, in that pots and young plants have needed frequent watering, which is an unexpected extra task at this time of year.  There's plenty of spring flowers, thankfully, to enjoy as we face three more weeks at home.  Here are a few of my favourites.

1. Iris 'Early Purple'

I don't know the proper name of this Iris, which was in the garden when we moved in.  They were lurking, but not flowering, under a yew tree.  They moved around the garden to three different locations,  but are presently adorning the knot garden. 

There are no prizes for guessing how I came up with the name.  It's out before the rest of the Iris and is shorter than them, making it an Intermediate Iris I believe.  Given the number of different varieties in cultivation I don't think I will be able to find it's proper name.

2. Bluebells

Looking lovely in the woodland, where bluebells belong in my opinion.  

3. Erythronium 'Pagoda'

I'm gradually getting the woodland garden under control, but in the early days of our gardening here it was a jungle of nettles and elder.  Any plant that went in there had to be tough to survive, and some didn't make it (is this starting to sound like 'Tropic Thunder', the film, to you too?).  Anyway, Erythronium 'Pagoda' went in a few years ago and has not only survived, but flourished.  The flowers look a bit like martagon lilies with their turned back petals.  Very elegant for such a tough plant.

4. Pricking out

After the seed sowing, comes the pricking out.  I've had pretty good germination from most seeds, so the Marigolds ('Space hopper' since you ask, as big and orange as they come), Busy Lizzy, Achillea Lilac shades, Antirrhinums, Red Peppers, Aubergines as well as a few others have all been pricked out.  Now the seed trays are empty there'll be the opportunity to sow the seeds that weren't included in 'round one'.

5. Cherry blossom

If I had a poetic soul, I should be picnicking under these, like the Japanese do, to enjoy the fleeting blossoms falling down about one.  I did lie down under it to take a photograph, but I don't think that counts.

6. Bowl of Tulips

Spring Green and Mount Tacoma looking fresh and simple on the front terrace.  I  often plant two different varieties so that  one tulip would follow on from the other to lengthen the period of the display.  It didn't work out like that this year, but it looks good to me.

Wishing you all good health and may your garden bring you joy this coming week.  Many thanks to The Propagator, who kindly hosts Six on Saturday.  Do click the link and take a look.


  1. Those dogs tooth violets are incredible, such a sight! Love the iris too, that colour appeals to me, love bluey purple. Everything is doing what it should. That is very comforting. :)

  2. I need to move my Pagoda Erythroniums into shade, neither flowers nor foliage have enjoyed the sun of recent weeks; yours look wonderful. Wild bluebells seem as happy in the open as in woodland in Cornwall, especially on higher ground. It seemed wrong to me when I first moved here but I've adjusted my expectations.

    1. I'll look forward to seeing bluebells in the open ground one day.

  3. What wonderful purple irises and your woodland garden looks fantastic with the bluebells and erythroniums!

    1. Thanks. I'm really trying to keep it simple in that area, and not throwing in too many different plants.

  4. Your Erythronium 'Pagoda' look fantastic. I have a couple of plants in my 'woodland' border but all that has appeared so far are some rather chewed looking leaves. I suspect they are not ever going to look like yours! The irises are a lovely colour and I like those tulips together.

    1. The Erythronium have been there quire a few years, and they have bulked out over that time, so yours may improve.

  5. Such lovely plants in bloom - the Iris, Bluebells, cherry blossom, and tulips. But the one that’s caught my attention, and found its way onto my planting list is your beautiful Erythronium 'Pagoda’. I have the perfect spot for that. I need to stop reading other people’s lovely blog posts, it’s getting expensive! ��

    Your seedlings are coming on a treat.

    1. 'Pagoda' is one of the inexpensive Erythronium, but I know what you mean about the 'wish lists' growing longer the more blogs you read.

  6. the dogs tooth violets look lovely in your woodland area.


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