The bergenias

I love bergenias – large, shiny leaves in the summer, purples leaves in the winter, and spectacular deep magenta flower heads in the spring.

And I love the white bergenias, at first hidden amongst the leaves and then gradually growing taller. And their leaves are a bright, shiny colour in the summer.

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Counterpoint in Weather

Henham Country Fayre had a brilliant display of owls and predatory birds, often rescue birds which had been imprisoned as pets. The day was beautiful.

Henham Hall Park
Henham Hall Park

There were crowds of people watching the scurry racing!

The Scurry Racing
The Scurry Racing

And this little chap was called ‘Peanut’.

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Over there the snowy owl was flying free.

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
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Colours in the spring garden

The plants are setting out with determination into the new year and I hope that they won’t be caught by a late frost. Daffodils, primroses, and hellebores are open everywhere, and in the garden I have Iris Lazica.

Iris Lazica
Iris Lazica
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Starting to garden again

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The garden will be ‘open’ to visitors as part of our Open Weekend in just over three months – scarey! Today was a beautiful day in Suffolk and I have been digging out weeds and cutting back the dogwoods. I couldn’t bear to throw away the beautiful red and yellow branches and so they are side by side in a glass vase.

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The bergenias are a deep maroon; the brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ are starting to develop leaves; the Japanese anenomes are also starting out again –  but the leaves look rather yellow. I have applied bonemeal and perhaps need to add some general fertiliser? There are buds on the hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ and this year I have just dead-headed, rather than cutting hard back. The viburnum compactum buds are swelling and the vinca is flowering – we are getting ready!

Viburnum Davidii getting ready
Viburnum Davidii getting ready
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The front garden

I need to get myself into the garden – the plants are waking up and the gaps I created in the autumn need to be filled. And the Open Weekend in June is only three and a half months away! I thought it would be useful to look at the development of parts of the garden over the past three years.

Front garden, patio
Front garden, patio, 2010
The patio garden, summer 2011
The patio garden, summer 2011
The patio garden, summer 2013
The patio garden, summer 2013
Summer 2013
Summer 2013