Although we are now in high summer and thinking about holidays by the sea, I am taking the opportunity to show off a few of my spring flowers. They herald the coming of the new year and the fact that the holiday season (still thinking about it!) will soon be upon us. So here they are, My springtime favaourite - or at least a few of them.
Shrubs and perennials are what I mainly grow in my garden, low maintenence plants which just require a quick pruning or division to propagate new individual plants. Weeding becomes the only real work.
To start with one of a beautifully coloured hellebore,
I had this as a "moveable" plant at first. I grew it in a
large pot. But I left it in one place too long and the roots
must have decided that they liked the ground and now it is
a permanent fixture.
Now this is a real beauty, Forsythia.
Brilliant yellow flowers in early spring
without being hidden by leaves which come
after the blossom. And cuttings are so easy.
One year I used some pruned sticks as supports
for my peas after they had been lying around for
a long time. They actually started growing and
sprouted new leaves - I was amazed, life after death!
A Japanese Quince, unfortunately not an edible variety.
Each year the bush is filled with these tight little red
blooms, before forming hard fruits.
You may not immediately ecognise this as a Magnolia,
but it is a variety called Magnolia Stellata. Or the Star
Magnolia because of the shape of its flowers. A very
welcome early flowering shrub, a little short lived but
beautiful flowers when they are on the plant.
Just to be different, this Christmas cactus (aka Easter cactus,
depending on the weather?) was on my mom-in-laws kitchen
windowsill for many years. As she passed away recently we
gave it a home and it is still flowering away happily in our kitchen.
I will be posting a few more photos of the flowers in my garden and maybe even some of the photomanipulations which I have created using them. Its all great fun. And look out for some of the wild life in the garden coming up. Birds, amphibians (frogs and toads) and insects including some beautiful butterflies.
Keep taking those photographs and remember - HAVE FUN