Some Colour for Spring!

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Some Colour for Spring!

Its a glorious Sunday morning and after looking around my garden I need to do some more weeding.

Those golden dandelion flowers look beautiful and are great early nectar plants for bees so I’ll let them do their business, but they’ll be out soon and no doubt there’ll be others sneaking in later.

One self-set is always welcome called Honeywort, known as Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ it’s an annual that’s already in flower with small deep purple tubular flowers that hang in clusters; its upright habit and glaucus leaves make it a great annual foliage plant. I sowed some seeds of it years ago in a steel bucket and a few more in a group in a small semi-circular bed that I had cut from the lawn, they’ve appeared annually ever since.

I like a bit of drama in my perennial beds, the iris germanicas, lupins and day lilies do this, but so does Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’, a stunning plant, this allium has a tall stem with a tight sphere made up of bright purple star-like flowers. I love this particular one and have it dotted about both borders like purple lollipops on either side of my paved path that runs towards the middle of the garden. I leave the finished flower stems too because they continue to look good as they form seedheads too.

In my woodland/wildlife garden are some pretty ‘bleeding heart’ perennials. One of them is Dicentra spectabilis ‘Goldheart’ with pretty deeply cut bright golden foliage , on its fleshy stems pink heart-shaped flowers will hang very soon, the same colour flowers that you would expect to find on the common Dicentra spectabilis. I love this particular variety because the golden foliage contrasts beautifully with the ferns, hostas and epimediums that are planted nearby as well as picking up on the yellow of the golden variegated holly bush nearby. The holly is Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Golden King’, a female form that bears red berries later on in the year. I’ve trained to have a single stem of a few feet, not perfectly straight and then lightly but loosely trimmed; there’s nothing formal in my garden.