First flowers on white Sweet Rocket, Hesparis matronalis alba
Going around the garden today I was struck by how many things I was seeing for the first time. Suddenly, things are happening.
The first Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ not quite a round ball yet but getting there.
The first fully formed flower of Aquilegia ‘Mrs Scott-Elliot’
The first Leopards Bane flower, Doronicum grandiflorum, just beginning to open a month later than normal.
Always has to be the first, the tallest, the most spreading and the biggest pest in the garden, hardy Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’
Not impressive yet but the first shoots of Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’ and Lysimachia punctata mingling with Geranium pratense
The aforementioned Tree Peony flowering for the first time. Don’t know the name, threw the label away 7 years ago!
The Guelder rose, Viburnum opulus, promising hundreds of creamy white flowers to come followed by bright red fruits which the blackbirds go mad for. Sadly,the dreaded Viburnum beetle larvae usually shreds the foliage into lace doilies by the end of June. As I don’t like using chemicals in the garden due to the potential harm to wildlife and to our dogs, we have decided to live with problems like that and I am growing a Clematis tangutica up through the Viburnum to take over and hide the beetle larvae damage. Should look good if it works.
This Lilac, almost certainly ‘Madame Lemoine’ is a sucker from a previous tree we removed. I am happy to leave this one and try to contain it’s enthusiasm.
The first shoots of Hosta ‘Touchstone’ about to be protected with garlic wash before our slimy friends find it.
Osteospermum ‘Cannington Roy’, reliably hardy here against a west facing wall in gravel starting the show which will literally go on for 6 months non-stop.
Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw flaunting her pretty underskirt.
The first dahlia buds!
The first flowers of Geranium macrorrihzum in the evening sunshine
The first Gooseberries forming!
The first flower buds on Clematis viticella ‘Rouge Cardinal’
Possibly the first ever edible Brown Turkey figs if we get enough sun to ripen them!
And finally…..the first lovely pure white flowers of Argyranthemum ‘Donnington Hero’, a plant I have just received in the plant exchange from Plant Heritage.