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In the garden today


My spring renovations are almost at an end – the last of the area to be returned to lawn was levelled today and I’ll get the seed sown tomorrow. Cat’s allowing, we should see some green in these areas pretty soon – thank goodness!!

It’s been a long slog but I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is one small area due for a reshuffle but I am patiently waiting on some Hostas to appear. I think I may have damaged them with my big feet when finishing of the trellising. The climbing Roses survived their move and along with Clematis and Honeysuckle, should make a wonderful display.

The hot dry weather is taking it’s toll on a few plants and others are really romping away. I’m regularly out with the hose and watering can – I’ve been caught on the hop a couple of time but think I caught the transplanted plants just in the nick of time.

It’s Magnolia time – way earlier than last year. My Magnolia stellata was new to the garden 2012 and did not produce flowers until June/July last year. Nice to see it’s just about right this time.

A view along the side garden. The Acer is leafing out and it’s new growth compliments the flowers of the Lamium orvala at the top end. Drumstick Primula are still standing tall and Narcissus Thalia are still looking great. The scent down here is lovely.

Just around the corner, the little bed outside the back door, which for most of the summer is filled with the golden foliage of Physocarpus Golden Nugget, some of the Primulas are still holding on.

The fresh new growth of the Physocarpus and a wee surprise Dicentra spectabalis that I didn’t plant there!

The bulbs in the gravel bed and planted under the Cornus alternifolia are almost over, however, Narcissus triandrus Tresambles (thoroughly recommended by the way) has just started flowering.

Nearby mossy Saxifrage and Muscari Blue Lady are taking their turn. I’m a bit disappointed with the Muscari I planted last spring. From 3 pots of different Muscari, these are the only ones that flowered. There was plenty of leaf but no flowers. Always next year – the Gardeners Mantra!

I’m a bit surprised to see Corydalis flexuosa Pere David flowering, why? I hear you ask! It managed to find it’s way under my size 5 wellies! Still, good to see it recovered and flowered.

The first Dicentra spectabalis is flowering – now it total shade due to the shed move, it seems to be loving it!

Further along this bed, brought out from behind the shed is Acer palmatum Eddisbury. A coral barked Maple that is very similar to Sangokaku but will tolerate full sun and has done so in my garden. So back into the sun it went before it came out of dormancy!

A new addition to the garden this year Abies koreana Silberlocke has started producing cones. It’s planted at the very back of the garden, between the shed and the boundary fence, where it can grow to it’s heart’s content.

A display of containers brightening up the front panel of the shed – these pansies have been miraculous this winter, have flowered non stop since the beginning of November. Look at Clematis Pixie – isn’t she amazing! This Clematis isn’t hardy up here and really does take a knocking in winter despite me offering protection. Not this year, however. Not one bit of protection was needed, just shows what a difference a frost free winter makes.

The scent is incredible. I’d hate to have too count just how many flowers are there. Being my usual pessimistic self, I doubt I’ll see it looking this good ever again

There’s lots around the garden just about to do their thing and I’ve no doubt I’ll be back with another blog before too long. Thanks for taking the time to read :)

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I'm not a pessimist, but I have to agree, that's the best Pixie I've ever seen in Scotland, and unlikely it will be the same next year or the year after. I had Avalanche in my first garden and it was similar. It flowered beautifully after it had established, but it never was as though it had exhausted itself...but perhaps it was really just a colder winter.

24 Apr, 2014


I love Abies! Congrats on getting the renovations done (almost)! Hope there will be 'before and afters'!

24 Apr, 2014


I was just looking at Abies koreana today at GC and debating if I should get it. I did not. Maybe because of the price but it is on my list of plants of interest.
I think your clem pixie is amazing and your garden is really shaping out.

25 Apr, 2014


that saxi thing is what i have in a pot and did not know the name but now i do thanks scottish watch out for hosta,s when wearing steelies :):):)

25 Apr, 2014


It's all looking good Angie, so many flowers too. It would be nice to see some before and after shots :o))

25 Apr, 2014


It is looking amazing, I too would like to see before and after pictures. :O)

25 Apr, 2014


BEAUTIFUL SPRING FLOWERS IF YOU HAVE THE SPACE. Not a single bloom in my garden this year yet. I do not regret it, because it is my choice. I reserve all the space to summer flowers when the weather is good for me to go outside and admire them. I have a rather smallish garden, the size of the average London suburb garden and do not know how to accommodate everything. Sorry I lie! There are some blooms from a neighbour's apple tree overhanging my garden fence.

25 Apr, 2014


Karen, I also had Avalanche but grew it in the ground! It didn't make it through the first winter!
There will be some before and after shots - I want the grass to grow first, it still seems unfinished at the moment!
Klahanie, they are not cheap, are they? My mum bought me this one as a wee treat :)
Snoop - yes, those steelies are rather awkward at times! Not the most comfortable of boots to wear but when up to my armpits in soggy soil, they do the job!
Annie - more flowers appear daily, it's been such a beautiful spring and even winter was a pleasure this year!
I'll show shots when the grass is looking good!
Oliveoil, I know it's only in my imagination but until the grass is germinated, it all seems unfinished. There will be plenty of shots.
Costas - I can imagine that you don't like the cold too much, me I'm well used to it and do like getting outdoors as often as I can. I've a friend that visited me only yesterday and asked me why I bother going to all the effort for spring flowers - she just doesn't get it at all!
We each garden to what suits us. I'll bet the neighbour's apple tree looks lovely overhanging your fence, wish I had a neighbour that would be that considerate - all I get is their weeds :)

25 Apr, 2014


A lovely and interesting blog about your plants. It's nice to see them doing so well. I like that Epimedium very much, and isn't that Clematis amazing ....

25 Apr, 2014


Love your photos Scottish, particularly the titles on them.
Love your plant choices, my kind of plants.
Love your garden photo with the Magnolia stellata in it. Hubby and I went to Exbury Gardens earlier this week, their stellata flowers were wind scorched.

23 May, 2014


Such lovely plants and flowers! I've got those heart shaped ones on my list for the garden center, but in the bright pink. Are they called Bleeding Hearts?

28 May, 2014


Yes Fife, bleeding hearts is their common name. They proper name nowadays is Lamprocapnos spectablis but you may still find them under Dicentra spectablis.

29 May, 2014

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