For this month’s star of the garden I would like to nominate this foxglove, also known as digitalis purpurea.
I remember seeing these as a child when my friend and I used to go beck jumping on a weekend at Sandy Flats near Saltersgill. I loved to watch the bees finding their way in and bumbling about inside. These plants, I’m proud to say, came from seed collected from a lovely foxy in my garden. Why not plant them this year to flower next year? They’re a great plant for cottage gardens and wildlife areas. Grow them for the bees as they need all the help they can get!
Related posts: Star of the Garden – May, Star of the Garden – March, Star of the Garden – February.
I was weeding a quiet corner of the walled garden and couldn’t help but be captivated by the intense activity of bees feverishly collecting their pollen, a race against time and season to create enough sustenance to eek over the winter. Next to this scene with a sense of quiet and stillness is a marker in a place to mark the resting place of Wanda, a fish cared for by Francine, originally bought by Nicky, friend and colleague. Now sadly Wanda has “journeyed over the big rainbow”.
Wanda’s Resting Place
Continue reading “A Fish Called Wanda”
As I’m sure you would agree, this month’s star of the garden makes me say WOW! This shrub is fantastic, what a wonderful intense blue. Just about every person who catches me asks its name. Ceanothus, or Californian Lilac. It is quite rightly my favourite for May.
Related posts: Star of the Garden – March, Star of the Garden – February.
It seems at this time of year with the clocks going forward that bright light, sporadic warmth and a sprinkling of rain is all you need to get things moving in the garden.
Continue reading “Spring has Sprung at Stewart Park”
Really I should say “Stars of the Garden” for this month. I couldn’t resist putting in this little ensemble, a group of evergreen ferns, Hellebore (Christmas Roses) and good old Snowdrops. Very cheery.
Related post: Star of the Garden – February.