Tulips are the big opener for my garden show. There are noises backstage and the lights have dimmed, but the curtain’s not raised!
I cut back the bedraggled penstemons this week and look what I found! Love the green stripes on these hyacinths!
They’re ready for the tulips. Come on tulips!
Let me look in my crystal ball…
I no longer have jelly in my lupins, just raindrops in my aquilegia:
Raspberries vs Roses
In this border between my flower garden and Stevie’s allotment we have ‘Thug’s Corner’. I planted the hybrid perpetual rose ‘Reine de Violettes’ a couple of years ago. It is a frustrating rose, often balling, or sending out mad 6′ canes. The raspberries are now invading, and I’m letting them. They all look rather lovely with all their fruity berry tones in midsummer together with Knautia macedonica and Centranthus ruber.
You might have seen my post earlier this week, about how roses are trained on hazel hoops at Sissinghurst. Well I couldn’t source these hoops, so I’m experimenting. Last year the gallica rose ‘Charles de Mills’ was a little too upright, so I’ve pegged it down to stress it into producing more flowering side-shoots. It might layer and produce new plants. It can get its own back later by pinging back into my face, so I will enjoy both eyes whilst I have them, and next year I’ll be looking for hazel hoops!
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