IRIS, LUPINS AND LABURNUM
1. that even with plenty of time in the garden there will still be weeding I won't get done.
2. there will still be plants hanging around waiting to be planted, and
3. I will still walk past the same shrubs that I've been meaning to prune and they still won't have been pruned.
But lawns have been edged, roses have been fed and there are plenty of flowers and good things to eat to look forward to. I have plenty to choose from for this Six on Saturday since the planting in the Knot Garden is designed to look its best in May. I may in fact, have cheated a little and sneaked in an extra picture.
One side of the Knot Garden is mainly purples with a touch of blue in them. Lupins and Iris are the mainstays of the borders, with a variety of supporting players.
1. Pale Yellow Iris
Mixed in are some pale yellows to lighten the mix. These Iris are pale yellow I promise you, despite the photo making them look a bit peachy.
2. Iris Ma Mie
Many of the Iris have been acquired from here, there and everywhere and the only names I have are ones I've assigned to them. However, a couple of years ago I treated myself to some Iris from the French nursery, Cayeux. These Iris are one of theirs and they are called Ma Mie. It's a variety from 1906 and has smaller flowers than some of the modern varieties. It is very delicate looking.
3. Pink Border
On the other side of the Knot Garden, the colours are pinks and dark reds. I grew the lupins from seed.. They are mostly three year old plants and a good size.
4. Iris Allington
This Iris was in the garden when we moved in, and therefore has a name I've given it. I've propagated loads of these by breaking up the rhizomes and replanting them. Iris take very easily. If you do give it a go, cut the leaves in half before you replant them as it stops wind rock.
5. Clematis Marie Boisselot
I'm finishing with a couple of plants that aren't in the Knot Garden. First is Clematis 'Marie Boisselot'. She's flowering her socks off on this sunny wall.
I feel like I ought to like Laburnum. The bees certainly love it. The flowers are as elegant as wisteria, and unlike wisteria it doesn't need endless pruning. Unlike some other flowering trees (Paulownia I'm looking at you) it is generously furnished with flowers. It's just that the colour is a little harsh. I think it looks best photographed against a dark background.
That's all from my garden this week. There's plenty of lovely gardens and beautiful plants to give you inspiration for your own garden on The Propagator who kindly hosts Six on Saturday.