MAGNOLIAS AND MINIATURES
It was gloriously warm and sunny for a few days this week: Nature helping to cheer us up after three months of lock down. We had lunch outside and even sat in wicker chairs to watch the sun go down (with drink in hand obviously).
1. Narcissus Minnow
After a long winter, suddenly there is so much happening in the garden, it's been hard to choose what to include this week. I'm starting with
yet another narcissus. This is a miniature one planted in a pot and it is so sweet in smell and looks. I'll be growing this one again.
2. Trough of Dwarf Bulbs
This particular combination was suggested by Sarah Raven. It has that casual 'I just grew like this' meadow look that is very au courant. That's partly down to the leaves though, and the flowers will no doubt become more dominant in a few days time.
3. Magnificent Magnolia
I'm rather proud of this Magnolia Soulangeana. I have no reason to feel personally proud about its fine floriferous state, as it was not me who cut down the trees which had shaded it out and forced it into a lop sided mess.
But a big thankyou from me (and the Magnolia) to those who wielded ropes and chainsaw.
That is the magnolia in flower on the left in case you were wondering.
4. Cherry Blossom
Blue sky and blossom. There's nothing more to say - just beautiful.
5. Pieris and Narcissus Actaea
Cascades of white flowers seem to attract the bumble bees though I'm not sure whether they manage to get the nectar out of those tiny bells.
6. Tulips and Daffodils
In the beds at the back of the Rose Garden there is a river of daffodils - doubles, trumpets, white ones, yellow ones and ones with little orange cups. They must have been planted in the lawn by a gardener long ago. I moved them out of the grass paths but otherwise left them to do their thing. Creamy white tulips fill the central bed.
I'm training the Rosa Madame Alfred Carriere, which grows over the arbour, along chains to either side. Mr B has put in two new posts so she can extend her domain still further.
That's all from my garden for this week, but if you would like to see more from other gardens around the world then visit The Propagator who kindly hosts Six on Saturday.