After The Rain

Lily of the Valley 002 Wm


Lily of the Valley, now open


Yesterday we had rain. All day. And then last night, as the wind howled around the valley, the rain became torrential. I feared the worst. But, if anything, the garden has prospered. Growth has seemingly exploded overnight and later I will be running around with plant supports, somewhat belatedly I know.


Crab Apple 2 Wm


Crab Apple


Cornus canadensis Wm


Cornus canadensis


Geum Totally Tangerine Wm


Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’

I love Geums. They flower on and off all summer and provide a froth of colour in the borders. I make no apology for two more:


Geum Flames of Passion Wm


Geum ‘Flames of Passion’


Geum Lemon Drops Wm


Geum ‘Lemon Drops’

I thought I had lost this one. It’s one of the pheasant’s favourite places for a dust bath!


Magnolia Leonard Messel Wm


Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’

My one and only bloom on this newly planted shrub.


 Rhododendron Luteum Wm


 Rhododendron luteum


Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album' Wm


 Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Album’


 Bluebells Wm


 Bluebells on the riverbank


 Linking up with Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens.


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  1. snowbird May 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Those geums are delightful! I do love Lily of the Valley though, it’s such a wonderful delicate little plant. I remember a legend about it, apparently if you drink the dew of the leaves before twelve on the first of May, you will have good luck all year round! Bit late now though eh?

    We’ve had howling winds and rain too and it’s freezing, maybe we had our summer over the bank holiday1xxxx

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Oh don’t.. Remember last year – summer was a week in March !!

  2. Abby May 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures! Our lily of the valley is just opening now – it’s such a heady scent for such a tiny flower! Geums are lovely – and, as you say, good value in terms of staying around. x

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      I have an addiction to Geums. Could be worse I suppose!

  3. Em May 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I love Geums too. Lemon Drops is stunning – I’ve never seen it before. Still depressingly few flowers here! I’m hoping to do a ‘flowers at post’ but I keep having to put it off. Lily of the Valley still just spires coming up…………sigh. Thanks for sharing yours!

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      I’ll bring you up a root of it. Happy Birthday Em x

  4. Laura May 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I love that you include the latin names…comparing my planting zone to yours can sometimes feel depressing, but the differences can be interesting, too. The domesticated geum that I can grow is the Geum borisii, but there is Geum triflorum which is native to the Canadian prairies, and also known as “Prairie Smoke.”

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      I just looked them up, both are gorgeous!
      I include the latin names for plants that I have purchased, but so many of the inherited plants especially hybrids like rhododendrons I can’t easily identify.

  5. starproms May 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Just beautiful Jessica. I adore lily of the valley. So far I haven’t managed to grow it successfully.

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Oma.
      They are supposed to like shade, but it must be something to do with soil too as these have become quite invasive even in sun.

  6. steph May 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Oh, how I wished we lived closer to each other…..would I be begging cuttings!!!!!! (I share well with others, too!!!!)

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      I wish we lived closer too. My urge to emigrate and escape the British climate becomes stronger by the day. And I’d be able to come to your plant sale too.. 🙂

  7. frayed at the edge May 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    We have no blossom and hardly any leaves on the trees ……. and about three flowers! Can I come and stay with you?

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Yes, in exchange for quilting lessons.

  8. Rose H May 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    What wonderful blooms Jessica, and I too adore lily of the valley and had a healthy patch of them until ‘someone’ weeded the garden for me…. I’ve never managed to keep any successfully since 🙁
    Rose H

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      Oh no! Mike is strictly controlled when it comes to weeding. It saves us a fortune on new plants. And lawyers.

  9. Wendy May 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos of some lovely flowers. I love the lily of the valley after the rain, and the tangerine geum, too. I know the flowers need the rain, but I’m ready for more sun and warmth again now!

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Wendy. The tangerine is gorgeous, but just a bit difficult to place. At the moment it’s next to the Pieris that I ‘pruned’ and now that the red leaves of the latter are closer to the ground it doesn’t look right. It’s marked for being moved.

  10. Simone May 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous flowers especially ‘Lemon Drops’!

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Simone. It does what it says on the tin – drops, or droops, so it needs to be planted somewhere where you can look up at it.

  11. Judith May 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Lovely pictures of the Geums-you started me on the hunt for more after your comment yesterday. Today I nearly bought Totally Tangerine, but ended up with Cooky ,a G. coccineum variety.
    Boy, did it rain yesterday! Flooding here and snow on the Welsh hills. Fingers crossed it will ease and become summery soon, for everyone’s sake.

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      I just looked it up. An even more intense orange, and more compact. Totally Tangerine is taller than I expected. If I move it I’ll need to find something to go in front of it. Totally with you on summer (lack of).

  12. Rosie May 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos of your flowers after the rain! I love Lily of the Valley but it just won’t grow in our garden! Hardy Geraniums and Geums will grow though and we have Lemon drops, Rivale and Mrs Bradshaw – I noticed the other day they were begining to flower – we did have a Dolly North as well but we lost that one last year in the bad weather:)

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      It’s weird with Lily of the Valley isn’t it. How in some places it won’t grow and in others it is invasive. My problem is I can’t smell it. Not out in the open anyway. In the past I have dug up roots to bring indoors and then I can get the benefit of it.

  13. John May 15, 2013 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    I am having loads of problems commenting here
    I will try again

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      Oh no! What’s happening?

  14. Helene May 16, 2013 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving a comment.
    I love Lily of the Valley too, I have it all over my garden now, started out with only 6 plants and in 9 years they have spread incredibly. I pull up some here and there but don’t have the heart to take up too many, I just love them 🙂

    Your Magnolia is magnificent, congratulations on getting your first flower. I bought 2 magnolias earlier this spring and was hoping at least one of them would flower this year but none of them did. I hope I will get flowers next year 
    Happy GBBD!

    • Jessica May 16, 2013 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Hi Helene and welcome to rusty duck!
      I have high hopes for next year on the Magnolia front too. I’m sure I’ll be tempted to buy more before next Spring, their flowers may be fleeting but oh so wonderful while you have them.

  15. haggiz May 16, 2013 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos as usual Jessica. I love Lily of the Valley. My grandmother (called Lily) used to grow it in her garden, but I’ve never been able to grow it in mine. The crab apple is looking beautiful too Julie x

    • Jessica May 16, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Julie. I am having to dig up Lily of the Valley from the terraced beds, but am spreading it around the garden in the hope that it will do just as well elsewhere.

  16. BadPenny May 16, 2013 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Beautiful blooms. We had a morning of torrential rain then a glorious afternoon to enjoy a dog walk with a friend .

    • Jessica May 16, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

      It’s looking more promising this morning, but more rain forecast for later and another cold night. I want May as it used to be!!

  17. Countryside Tales May 16, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I had huge problems leaving a comment to this post and the port isaac one too, so hope this time it works! Loved the pics Jessica, esp lily of the valley (won’t grow for me here) and the tangerine geum. We did need the rain, not sure about the howling gale that chucked the apple blossom all over the lawn tho! CT x

    • Jessica May 16, 2013 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Thanks for persisting CT, I don’t know what the problem is. But the site was slow for me too a couple of days ago, and is now much better so I’m hoping it has been resolved.
      I think our blossom survived because it has only just started to emerge, so still quite robust. If we have another gale in a day or two, anything’s possible these days isn’t it, I suspect we will have a snowstorm of blossom too.

  18. domesticali May 16, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

    It’s looking mighty lovely round your parts. I planted an orange geum last year, but it seems to have vanished. Or I’ve forgotten where I put it….

    • Jessica May 16, 2013 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Thanks Ali.
      I know the feeling. Things pop up and surprise me after I’ve planted them and forgotten about it. But you won’t miss the orange geum if it flowers. They can be quite strident!

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    • Jessica May 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Natalie!

  20. Helen May 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Wow! These photos are amazing! I especially love the delicate Lily of the Valley and the bluebells along the riverbank. Your post makes me want to take a proper look around here to see if there are any such gems hidden away. Helen

    • Jessica May 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Helen. Sometimes things take you by surprise. It’s always worth looking..

  21. Jo May 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I love the Totally Tangerine geum, wonderful name too which suits it down to the ground. My lily of the valley hasn’t flowered yet, everything seems much later this year. We had the rain here too. It can’t make up it’s mind what to do today, it’s been overcast but the sun’s out again now.

    • Jessica May 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      The geum may not be in its final position yet, but it is so lovely, I will have to find a prominent spot for it!

  22. Scott Weber May 17, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Your garden looks absolutely wonderful…and I’m the same…always propping up plants after heavy rains…when will I learn?!?

    • Jessica May 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Scott and welcome to rusty duck.
      Now your garden really IS wonderful.. I am not at the stage of taking long shots yet! Hasn’t the weather been strange? We’re the opposite to you, the last few years, but especially recently, it’s been exceptionally wet.

  23. CherryPie May 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Gardens always look so beautiful after the rain.

    • Jessica May 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Hailstorm today! Lucky I took the pictures earlier in the week..

  24. Sarah May 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    The flowers in your garden look so lovely. I haven’t seen the Tangerine geum before.
    Sarah x

    • Jessica May 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      It’s relatively new.. I hadn’t seen it either before I bought it last year. I’ve just read that it can grow to 1.4m.. yikes! I will be moving it!

  25. Annie @ knitsofacto May 18, 2013 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Such beautiful flowers 🙂

    I love Geums too … we only have ‘Totally Tangerine’ in the garden though and I must remedy that!

    • Jessica May 18, 2013 at 8:55 am - Reply

      Thanks Annie. They are well behaved too. Perfect plants!

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