Suffolk Garden Year 5

The garden in Suffolk is in the middle of a village and so it needed to be appropriate for the village. I started with nothing in 2011 and this year the hedge along the pavement is finally filled in – good progress in four and a bit growing seasons.

The garden in 2010
The garden in 2010
The front hedge today
The front hedge today
The back garden in 2011
The back garden in 2011
The back garden today
The back garden today

And behind the hedge is a secret garden.

The garden in 2011
Behind the hedge – the front garden in 2011
The garden today
The front garden today

Growing fast in Suffolk!

The green plants, with different leaf shapes.

Pink flowers in abundance.

And the wonderful Libertia Grandiflora about to burst into flower.

Garden Makeover

A year ago the ‘Patio Garden’ was pretty: hot and sunny, the daisies flowered prolifically, as did the iris. But it is now at the end of its fourth season. The rose has grown, the nepeta have become woody, as have the achilleas, and the artemisia just isn’t thriving. The hedge has thickened and together with the larger rose this compartment has changed to warm and partially shaded. Time to change the planting emphasis!

Pinks, blues, and purples in the garden

The plants are growing taller and taller – thank goodness they are staked! The alchemillas look more like shrubs than perennials, and the ‘Mayflower’ geraniums are as tall as the allium ‘Purple Sensation’. The paeony buds are getting fatter and the Roseraie de l’Haye is about to open – all very exciting!

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Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ with Geranium ‘Mayflower’
Alliums, geraniums, and a hint of red valerian
Alliums, geraniums, and a hint of red valerian

And the Libertia is looking sensational!

Libertia
Libertia
Libertia, with Nepeta 'mussenii' in the background
Libertia, with Nepeta ‘Mussenii’ in the background

The turning sun

It is 31 May, and in three weeks’ time the sun turns round and heads south, but today has dawned grey, chilly, and windy again. In the garden the plants are doing surprisingly well, although some are clearly struggling to flourish.

The geraniums are winners and about to burst into abundant flower!

Geranium Macrorrhizum 'Spessart'
Geranium Macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’
Geraniium 'Mayflower'
Geranium ‘Mayflower’
Geraniium Phaeum 'Samobor'
Geraniium Phaeum ‘Samobor’
Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'
Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’

Two more winners, with forests of flowers!

Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'
Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’
Tellima Grandiflora
Tellima Grandiflora

Giants at two foot high already, and they are not yet flowering!

Alchemilla Mollis
Alchemilla Mollis

And all in quite a small space

The front garden
The front garden

The garden in May

Oh dear! It seems we will have another difficult year in the garden. One warm weekend and now it is cold, wet, and windy again. The plants are struggling on, and some even seem to be thriving.

Geraniium Phaeum 'Samobor'
Geranium Phaeum ‘Samobor’
Nepeta Mussinii
Nepeta Mussinii
Rosa 'Canary Bird'
Rosa ‘Canary Bird’
Erysimum 'EA Bowles' - always in flower; an absolute delight!
Erysimum ‘EA Bowles’ – always in flower; an absolute delight!
Brunnera 'Jack Frost' in full bloom, before transforming itself into a mass of large, silvery leaves - gorgeous
Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ in full bloom, before transforming itself into a mass of large, silvery leaves – gorgeous
Hellebore 'Argutifolius'
Hellebore ‘Argutifolius’