Sunday, 29 May 2011

Spring into Summer

The garden is starting to look very summery. The geraniums are looking good, the roses are coming out and the bird babies are visiting the garden.

Mother feeding baby Great Tit. I took this through the window

The view from the kitchen door

Digitalis purpurea, Digitalis purpurea Alba and Geranium psilostemon next to Cotoneaster franchetti
Unknown Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
A couple of years ago a Snapdragon appeared in the garden. Although I wasn't keen on the colour, I left it to grow. It re-appeared the following year when I pulled it out. I bought the plant pictured above from a farmers market last year. Despite the winter it is thriving. I have tried to grow snapdragons from seed sown in the spring but didn't have much success. I think I will try again but sow them later in the year to over-winter.

Rosa glauca
This is a favourite rose. I first saw it when I was researching plants for a drought tolerant garden I was working on. I loved the blue grey foliage, the small pink flowers and the rose hips in autumn and winter.
 Rosa glauca hips

I have been enjoying the TV coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show this week. My favourite show gardens were the Laurent-Perrier garden by Luciano Giubbilei and The Daily Telegraph garden by Cleve West. I loved the planting in both of these gardens.


  1. Your garden is looking lovely. Hard to imagine that spring is fleeing so fast and already replaced by summer! Wish we got coverage of Chelsea on this side of the pond.

  2. I love the kitchen door view best.

  3. Webb, we can watch them again via the BBC website for 7 days after each programme. I have attached the link here. You may need to cut and paste into the address bar. Let me know if it works.

    Comeca Jones, Views from windows are so important especially today as it's pouring with rain. It has been forecast for all day so I won't be venturing out.