The Weather Forecast…

Gales and driving rain. It won't be good for the cherry blossom. In parks, on pavements and roads - a knee-deep lava flow of tissue-thin pink and white petals. I know Cherry Blossom Time is an ephemeral display, but does it have to be blasted off the branches. So soon? Oh well, what's next?

Veronica ‘Christy’

With lovely short spikes of blue-violet blooms and low mounds of highly serrated foliage, this fern-like plant is going to be great for use in containers, front-of-border spots and path edging. It was bred in the US by Washington plantswoman Christy Hensler by crossing Veronica ‘Crater Lake Blue’ with Veronica prostrata. Foliage reaches a manageable 6-9…

Saxifrage Pixie Rose

  A rather wonderful, cushion-mound of mossy evergreen foliage, Saxifrage  'Pixie Rose', is a miniature showstopper when in flower (ie. now and into Summer). Foliage little more than 10cm tall, with a spread of up to 30cm, with star-shaped flowers straining upwards. One for an Alpine bed, scree or rockery, with  humus rich, moist but…

You say Lamprocapnos, I say Dicentra….

  I've posted about this elegant, arching Spring flowering perennial, recently changing its name from Dicentra to Lamprocapnos (trills off the tongue doesn't it?). Let's settle on Bleeding Heart. An unusual photograph for the concentration of flower, usually seen in, well, single, elegant arches. A bit of a cheat since there were about a dozen…

Have a nice day… Aquilegia State Series

  See the humble aquilegia, Granny's Bonnet, a favourite cottage garden plant, single and double forms, familiar names like Nora Barlow, pale pastels though even sultry forms like Black Barlow, William Guinness. Now see the State Series (Montana, Oregon, Louisiana, Virginia, Florida, Alaska et al). Imagine that Grandma took a flight to America, bought a…