I've been practically drunk on looking at and photographing the spring garden. I don't remember the garden ever having been so lush and lovely. It's to do with the weather, all that rain, for sure. But also it's because finally, after decades of fumbling, I'm getting surer with my gardening touch, understanding what plants need, learning what I like in the way of design and knowing what to do to achieve it.
Although I mustn't get too confident, because today it is definitely the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, or something, but already the garden is not looking so spring-spiffy any more.
Many of the spring wildflowers are self seeded annuals. The seeds were thrown onto the garden 10 to 20 years ago. Each year I never know whether, when or where they will turn up. Each year is different. I let them do their thing and drop their seeds where they are when they're ready. Or I might tidy them up and put the dead plants, still with their seeds attached, into the compost.
|Top row (l to r): Crabapple, Echium candicans 'Heronswood Blue'|
Middle row: Lavatera maritima, Salvia gregii 'Iced Lemon', Sage
Bottom row: Leptospermum morrisonii 'White Opal', Valerian
|Top row (l to r): Echium wildpretti, Nasturtium|
Middle row: Cistus monspeliensis, Crabapple buds, Blue Fescue Grass
Bottom row: Love in the Mist, Wallflower
As well as showing off individual flowers, I'm including some garden scenes, with plants numbered, to help people identify the plants and their place in the picture. The pictures, like the garden, consist of a basic structure or skeleton that doesn't normally change much: trees, shrubs, paving. The remaining parts of the pictures are composed of perennials and annuals.
|1. Eucalyptus pauciflora Snow Gum 2. Crabapple 3. Leptospermum species|
4. Love in the Mist 5.Valerian 6. Echium wildpretti 7. Borage
8. Alyongyne heuglii 'West Coast Gem' (Australian Native Hibiscus)
9. Californian Poppies
|1. Leptospermum brevipes 2. Valerian 3. Love in the Mist 4. Calirfornian Poppies|
5. Nasturtium 6. Catmint 7. Forget Me Nots 8. Parsley
|Some body's sleeping in the nesting box|
|Derwentia perfoliata (Diggers Speedwell)|
|Lomandra longifolia (Spiny Headed Mat Rush)|
|Echium wildpretti (by now it's continued its lean and is lying down)|
|Front row: Seaside Daisies|
Middle row: Santolina
Back row: Orange Wallflowers