Lockdown continues. Baby Boomers have become Baby Zoomers. Times are strange, but in the Garden House garden? – well, it just keeps on growing and doing its thing.
Not Tulip ‘Hakuna Matata’, although your troubles will certainly disappear once you acquire and contemplate it flowering in your garden.
This spidery, delicate beauty is a perennial species tulip. A bit spendy, but so worth it. Why not invest some money in these bulbs and experience for yourself the frenzy of the seventeenth century’s tulip mania?
Garden House rates this hardy perennial as a ‘good doer’. It very usefully appears just as the tulips go over. About 40 cms in height, sprays of pure white flowers are held aloft supported by wiry stems. Long-lasting, good as cut flowers and a magnet for pollinators, planted en masse they are super duper.
Rosa banksiae ‘Lutescens’
A near thornless, rambling rose and one of the very earliest to flower. Growing to about 10 m, it produces small, single, scented yellow flowers. At Garden House, it’s situated on the terrace, where it provides a spectacular display in April / May. Prune after flowering to shape and to keep in check. R. banksiae ‘Lutea’ is a double-flowered version of this.
Erysimum cheiri ‘Old School’
A beautiful short-lived perennial wallflower, which flowers for months on end. Soft yellows, mauves and purples combine to great effect and make a wonderful planting in full sun on their own or, better still, interplanted with tulips. Plant densely and in quantity to generate maximum admiration.
Sweet cicely is a terrific option for dry shade. An aromatic, herbaceous perennial, it has umbels of white, frothy flowers and fern-like leaves. Can be used as a sweetener when cooking rhubarb or the leaves can be added to salads – they have a mild aniseed flavour.
Lunaria annua ‘Chedglow’
This glorious Honesty cultivar was featured in the blog for 3/4/20, and look at it now!
Tasks for the week:
Apply liquid feed to growing annuals and also to tender perennials like salvias and pelargoniums, such as Pelargonium tomentosum