The garden is full of Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy) and whilst I’ve blogged about them before here’s the trick to using them as a cut flower. These were snipped five days ago at ground level early in the morning and plunged straight into cold water. Then the cut stems were held over a gas flame for 60 seconds before placing them in a vase or in this case an ancient jam jar. I love their simplicity and the more I pick the more they produce.
The other self-seeders which I love are the Aquilegia vulgaris. Sprinkling the dried seed-heads of this towards the end of summer ensures interest in the beds which flower late. Here it’s come up through a bed of hydrangea softening the lime green leaves.
Saxifraga x urbium (London Pride) was planted twenty years ago in a very shady part of the garden and it has spread into any available ground. In late Spring and early Summer it produces these delicate pink flowers on wiry stems that emerge from rosettes of fleshy, ground-hugging leaves.
A packet of foxglove seeds sown in trays early last year were planted out in Autumn and are now in flower under the Amelanchier trees. They look very cool in the half light at dusk and I am hoping they’ll self-seed in this shady part of the garden.
More alliums have opened including Allium sphareocephalon. It’s looking interesting against the grey leaves of Cistus ‘Sunset’ and repeats the purple of the cistus flowers.
And mingling in a bed of roses, many of which will be out in a week or two, are a dozen Allium siculum.
One broke whilst I was weeding the bed but in a vase it shows off the beautiful bell-shaped greenish white flowers.