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April 19, 2015

The fringed tulips ‘Exotic Sun’ opened to the most glorious flowers…


And I,m enjoying the odd rogue tulip that gets in with the main bunch like this one T ‘Curly Sue’…


And here’s another rogue,  soft orange with shades of yellow, and contrasting prettily with its grey-green leaves…


In a country garden this pointed orange tulip looked splendid in front of a Clematis alpina ‘Helsingborg’ the combination enhanced by the grey of the ancient stone wall…


In the garden here, the lovely Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ are flowering.  It’s such a beauty with its star-shaped flowers and recurved petals and it can be divided after flowering to increase the display…


Meanwhile the red lily beetles on the fritillarias have been doing a lot of damage this week. Two or three have been squished daily but it would seem they are now procreating…


On the allotment I weeded the summer raspberries and it was great to see lots of fruit buds emerging. And the trenches have been dug ready for the climbing beans which were sown in pots here this weekend. I am reluctant to sow seeds direct in the ground since the soil is very dry and we are trying to conserve water to reduce the costs on site. In the meantime the soil has been forked and raked ready till rain is forecast then cut flowers, beetroot, spinach and salad leaves will be sown in rows in these prepared beds.



8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2015 5:29 pm

    I think the pointed orange tulip is Ballerina. A gorgeous, elegant tulip.

  2. April 21, 2015 8:14 am

    Yes the friend in whose garden I snapped the combination was pretty certain it was Ballerina.

  3. April 21, 2015 9:23 am

    That is an exciting combination, the Ballerina against the purple clematis. The yellow tulips are so lovely, too.

  4. April 21, 2015 9:27 am

    The yellow tulips were very pretty when in bud and then they opened to this huge, papery, dramatic loveliness. I’ve mad a note to buy more in the autumn.

  5. April 22, 2015 10:06 am

    Screaming with beauty, these photos, thank you for sharing. 🙂

  6. April 23, 2015 8:00 pm

    I totally fell in love with Erythronium pagoda at Wisley a couple of weekends ago, such a delicate flower but with great presence. My tulips are just beginning to fade (I don’t pick any of them) with the plain yellow ones just hanging on. I’ve got a few Exotic Emperor which were the first to flower and the last to fade – they look like water lilies at the moment – so I’m definitely buying more this autumn, they really are exotic!

  7. April 24, 2015 8:35 am

    I plan to divide up the Erythronium when they have finished flowering since that’s meant to be the time so I’ll blog it (so to speak).

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