Finding a Niche

There are several plants in and around my garden that pop up in different places each year. Our top compost heap is home to nettles and Jack-in-the-Hedge (Alliaria) this year. While the beech hedge on the north side of the house has offered cover for Greater Celandine. The ants, birds and puffs of wind help them find a new niche to thrive. Sometimes in the most inconvenient of places, but we are flexible here!

The Cymbalaria muralis, for example, has moved up a few steps this spring…

Along with the Aubretia…

Corydalis lutea started out as a single plant in my front bed and now appears in both familiar and new spots, making use of nooks and crannies…

Another pleasing sight is the little violas that have seeded themselves from a single (purple) plant all the way down our garden path…

They are accompanied by violets and a few other weeds…

… as well as wild strawberries…

Then there are those unwanted ones too, of course… but beggars can’t be choosers…

And finally, the Nigella have returned. I wonder what colours will appear this year… 🙂

Do you have any colonizers in your garden?

🙃

 

The Tuesday View: 9th May 2017

Tuesday has come round once again – time to show my Tuesday view, although I feel not all that much has changed since last week.

If I look down to the spot where I am standing to take these photos I can see Geranium phaeum… the foliage is so lovely, as well as the purple flowers, echoing the reddish brown of a Heuchera planted here as well.

The acer leaves have unfurled further, the lavender is looking greener, and the early peony buds have got fatter…

From a slightly different angle you can see some of the remaining tulips in the top bed on the left. And down in the meadow on the right the day lily leaves and brownish green foliage of Aruncus dioicus can be spotted too.

Has your view changed this week? What is catching your eye most at this time of year? If you would like to join me in highlighting one particular view of your garden as it changes through the seasons, please leave a link below in the comments.

Happy gardening!

In a Vase on Monday: Pop!

The tulip season will be drawing to an end soon, so I just had to make the most of them again for a vase this week, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme.

The white one at the back is ‘Green Star’ which stands out well in the rockery near the fringed white one I featured a couple of weeks ago (‘Swan Wings’). On the left is the raspberry ripple style parrot tulip ‘Estella rijnveld’ and in front of that a yellow lily shaped one which I have now correctly identified as ‘Flashback’ after looking through orders and receipts. The peachy double one at the front is ‘Charming Lady’ and the parrot tulips in the middle are the orange ‘Irene Parrot’ and the red ‘Rococo’, both from Peter Nyssen – Irene was in their Harlequin collection.  On the right, probably my favourite of all, is ‘Eye Catcher’, which I have had for years now. On the right of that is the lovely pink ‘Attila’ (also from the Harlequin collection). The single lemon yellow tulip on the right remains unidentified for now,  and finally front centre is an unnamed fringed red tulip, which I am going to call ‘Frank’… 😉 If I could send bulbs to the US I would dig them up and send them to Frank at Sorta Like Suburbia to try and convince him how lovely the fringed ones are and how any discerning tulip collector simply has to have at least one!

The fillers are Kerria japonica, Aruncus foliage and Brunnera.

Did you spot the little snail I found on the Kerria? Here he is again below… Cute!

Have a great week!

The Tuesday View: 2nd May 2017

It’s been raining all morning but it looks as if the sun might make it later after all. Nonetheless, I thought I had better take some pictures of my Tuesday view now (2.30 pm) in case it starts raining again…

The most noticeable change is the green trees in the background and how the Lysimachia and Geraniums in the foreground have grown.

Lysimachia on the left, Geranium in foreground

This lovely Geranium spreads like mad, but I pulled a lot out in early spring to give the other plants some breathing space. The Lysimachia also gets pulled up here at regular intervals to keep it in check!

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’

These buds should be open by next week. 🙂

I have already got a few of my favourite Geraniums flowering – G. phaeum. Do you have a favourite Geranium sort in your garden too?

If you would like to join me in showing one particular view of your garden on a weekly basis, to follow its progress through the gardening year, please leave a link below!

In a Vase on Monday: Happy May Day!

Before I share my vase with you for Cathy’s Monday meme (Rambling in the Garden), a few thoughts on May Day…

  • I have no idea where I heard it, but apparently you should clean your front door step on May 1st to stop the ants coming in… I did mine a couple of days early. 😉
  • Do children still dance around May poles in the UK? And do they still have May Queens? Or is that all no longer politically correct?
  • In Germany, May Day should either be spent hiking or taking part in a Labour Day demonstration… (Personally, I might just go for a gentle stroll later.)
  • Another tradition in Germany is to put up the new ‘Maibaum’ (May tree/pole) in the village or local community. This is usually guarded well the night before as some villages ‘steal’ each other’s May poles and demand a ransom for them. A nice example a few years ago was that the staff of an old people’s home nearby stole a May pole, transporting it through the town in the middle of the night on mobility aids(!), and demanded a crate of beer as ransom, which they got!

So , now back to my vase…

I intended to use just a few tulips again, but got carried away, as you do in May…

(Click on any picture for the slideshow)

Do you have any May Day traditions? 🙂

Happy May Day, whatever you are up to!