(1) Allium nectaroscordum SiculumSicilian Honey Garlic catches the early morning light ricocheting off the conservatory. I am yet to get the garlicky scent mentioned in all the descriptions.
Growing alongside the Phlomis purpurea Matagallo now recovered from its flopping in the heavy rain. The grey waxy bloom and colour are in harmony with the Phlomis, and the surrounding planting.
With Erigeron karvinskianus, prostarate rosemary, and Geranium Elke this makes up a pleasing arm around the sitting circle.
(2) Now in the Gravel Garden the three Allium schubertii are top of the bill. I love the way the sun moves round and highlights different plants keeping the rest in shadow....
(3) Weigela Florida Variegata bought as a small plant at a table top sale is looking great at the moment. It is in a spot which is in shade for the best part of the morning, however with its variegated leaf, bring a little spot of light to the area.
(4) The self seeded Foxgloves moved to Acer Corner are doing their vertical bit but splatted around the bed, not wanting to be in the same picture. Again the light punctuation during the shaded part of the day make them even more dramatic...
(5) Silene Uniflora Alba..one of my little favourites. Last year I moved it and at the same time tried to divide it. It was almost a teary moment as I wondered whether I had killed the whole plant. So relieved I didn't and have four clumps. One of which is being overwhelmed by a nearby Geranium Joy. So that one is on the list to be moved, one of the silenes..not Joy.
(6) There are two Rose Grace Shrub roses in the Conservatory Bed. Middle of May and the roses are blooming. Yes it is lovely, but it doesn't feel right to have roses so early.
I usually cut the first blooms to bring in the house. We seem to be in the garden far more, with the lovely weather, eating and resting outside. I just want to get away from the radio, news, media etc. Also I felt low and just could not bring myself to cut something so beautiful and keep it indoors. A few buds will probably be cut for Monday's IAVOM.
On effecting the link to The Prop's post, where we all meet I see that he has a Weigelia and a Rose, but not quite a perfect match...there is so much variety in gardening, isn't there, and we are sure to find some beautiful plants to inspire and lift us today.