The garden is being littered with cherry blossom confetti at the moment. Last week the lawn was white and with the breeze it was reminiscent of the snow storms earlier in the year, and this week a beautiful pink.
The rest of the garden is a bluey/pinky/mauve with lots of honesty, geranium phaeum and lilacs blooming. I have pulled up literally hundreds of blooming honesty and geranium phaeum this week, as they grow like weeds and take the space of more gentle plants, so my council composting wheelie bin was absolutely full of them this week. I brought some honesty flowers in, but the scent was too overpoweringly cloying and I had to throw them out. Same with the lilac, the scent indoors is too powerful, I do prefer my flowers in the garden. I always let the honesty and mourning widows geranium bloom before pulling them as sometimes a nice variation springs up. This year I have a very nice dark carmine red honesty which I will allow to seed and see if it comes true next time. The photo doesnt show its very deep dark red and looks rather washed out pink, but it is definitely nicer than the usual that seeds itself madly.
The original came from my childhood garden so it always reminds me of happier days. My self sown larkspurs are growing madly this year... I dare not pull a single one, as they are one of my favourites, also from our old family home. I have bought several named varieties over the years, but none touches my heart as the beautiful blue of my old originals. Tomorrow is the 7th anniversary of the worse day of my life, Kates accident. I shouldnt ponder on it as she is happy and found a lovely new boyfriend albeit a long distance one again (Luke is from Hull, we are in Kent....) Flowering this week 2-9th May 2010 in my garden minature narcissus, muscari arabis, alyssum saxatile. lychnis alpina, iberis various aquilegias,white,mauve and yellow flag iris euphorbia,honesty,geranium phaeum,pink geranium macrorrhizum, centaura montana, bleeding hearts, calendular,bluebells,lily of the valley,various clematis, veronica gentianodes, french lavender lilac,rosemary,black viola,violets, wisteria,all my soft fruits, vinca major and minor,kerria,viburnum tinus, and fremontedendrom about to burst its first yellow waxy buds of the year even though Ive moved it three times in the winter!
I am a mother who gardens and sews. I love beautiful materials (from my French Huguenot heritage)old ships (from my 3x gt grandfather George Fisher who was a Master Mariner in Lowestoft)old Roses (a love passed on from my dear mother Betsy who was a Romany Gypsy and a great great grandfather James Funnell who was a Master Gardener )lovely old furniture (gt gt grandfather Charles Felmingham was a cabinet maker)Everything I love has been passed down through my genes.