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They’re here.

So maybe they have kept me waiting this year. But I’ve never seen them looking better.


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It’s such a privilege to have bluebells growing in the wood.


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With the carpets increasing year on year.


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One of the indicators of a truly ancient woodland.


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Hyacinthoides non-scripta. The true English bluebell. Magic.


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The terraces are colouring up too, in spite of their lack of attention over the last few weeks.


Geum 'Apricot Delight' 001 Wm


Geum ‘Apricot Delight’


Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety' 001 Wm


Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety’

The geum that started my collecting bug many years ago. It has been divided and replanted countless times, in three different gardens at least.


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Geum ‘I never did find the label’

Any thoughts? It’s quite distinctive.


Geum 'Cotton Candy' 001 Wm


Geum ‘Cotton Candy’


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Not a Peony I would have bought maybe, a bit on the lipstick side of pink for me. It does get better as it fades. I include it as something of a minor miracle given that it was moved only last year and yet has offered up four blooms. It had been struggling valiantly in a bed little over 9 inches wide and surrounded by concrete on all sides. When we demolished the bed I didn’t have the heart to throw a peony away, not even a shocking pink one.


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Also rejoicing after a successful move, the Lily of the Valley that had overrun the top terrace. They’re now thriving on the front face of the Precipitous Bank with plenty of room to spread, doing just as I’d hoped and holding back the soil. So much better than chicken wire, eh?


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Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem).

Something has been a-munching.


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Anchusa azurea ‘Loddon Royalist’

Yesterday there was a plant fair at RHS Rosemoor. Local nurseries and some good prices. I may have gone a bit mad. Mike sat in the cafe courtyard with a mocha and The Telegraph and provided crèche facilities. He wasn’t alone. So funny to go out there occasionally with some awkward-to-carry botanical treasure to see all the chaps, each to his own table, guarding a contingent of plants. We have them well trained.

Love the true blue of the Anchusa. I’ll leave you with a couple more blooming acquisitions:


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Aquilegia ‘Winky’

A teeny tiny aquilegia, the blooms little more than a centimetre across. Almost impossible to photograph without a macro lens.


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Abutilon ‘Hinton Seedling’

It should flower most of the year in the right spot. Something very similar was growing against a wall at Cotehele when we were there last November. This one is going on the trellis at the back of the new bronzy bed. It’s allegedly safe down to -8.




Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find a feast of May bloomers from around the world.


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Happy Spring!


Bloomin' May

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