Tuesday, April 17, 2007
April Blooms for Garden Bloggers Day
There is so much in flower at the moment because of the Summer weather we've been having since last Wednesday. Temperatures were around 25 to 28 degrees Celsius and the plants weren't merely growing but galloping away like mad in this heath. Today it was much cooler, around 18 C, which is still very nice for the time of year.
My contribution to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is a bit late this time, but I just couldn't find the time earlier this week. I thought it would be nice to show you my front garden for a change.
These are 2 beds edged with box, one bed is filled with white viridiflora tulips striped with green, Spring Green, and they are one of my favorites tulips. The first picture shows you a close up of this beautiful tulip. The second bed is filled with black tulips, Queen of the Night. They are not totally black but a very, very deep reddish purple as you can see here. These tulips go very well with the berberis hedge.
A close up of Queen of the Night.
The path to my front door is flanked by 2 borders with lots of spring flowers such as tulips, botanical tulips, aubrieta, irises (about to flower), white nepeta (in flower), grape hyacinths, daffodils, forget-me-not and doronicum.
Here's a close up of part of that border.
And here's a picture taken showing the border on the other side of the garden path. Very cheerful and welcoming, don't you think?
If you are facing the house, there are 2 beds on the left edged with box, and 4 on the right. As a rule one should go for an uneven numbers of things in the garden, but I broke that rule and got away with it I think.
All beds are filled with different kinds of tulips in spring. On the right, the first bed is filled with Blue Diamond, a purple peony like tulip, and the happy accident of white honesty which seeded itself there, the second bed with White Dream, a triumph tulip, the third with tulipa Recreado, a single deep purple tulip and white Purissima tulips.
The last bed is filled with tulipa Angelique (double pink) and tulipa Greenland, a pink and green striped tulip.
The second and fourth bed are under planted with blue forget-me-nots. Here's Angelique with forget-me-not, the Greenland tulips haven't opened yet but will do so in a day or 2.
In the middle of each bed is an obelisk trained with a white climbing rose. Over the path is a pergola that's in the process of being completely covered with Madame Alfred Carriere, a white with pink blushes climbing rose and the white Guirlande d 'Amour. Both roses have a lovely scent. The other climbers on the obelisks are Moonlight, Guirlande d'Amour (2 x), Sombreuil and the old fashioned Blanc Double de Coubert (2 x) which is not so much a climber as a rose that grows very tall. All are white and scented.
These last few days have been very exciting as so many of my climber roses are in bud. Here's madame Alfred Carriere, sporting a lovely blush, about to flower.
And this is Sombreuil, about to flower as well, but the winner this year is .........................
Moonlight that has 3 flowers open since yesterday. I don't think I ever had roses flowering in April before so this is unique! As you can see, Moonlight is covered with buds. Wait until they all open, you won't believe your eyes and nose!
At the heart of gardening, there is a belief in the miraculous. Mirabel Osler