Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"...the first picture of summer, seeing the flowers scream their joy..."

A slight flight of fancy with the title of this post, as it's as cold as the back end of a March day here but having heard the song this morning, the lyric has stuck with me.

Nevertheless, the flowers are, if not screaming, at least resolutely singing in a slightly shivery voice.

I've currently got a bit of a 'thing' for herbaceous clematis, which are enjoying scrambling around the front garden (I did mention I garden inelegantly, didn't I?). The photo below is of a herbaceous clematis (cultivar now unknown since 'the great label removal'* but I remember buying 'Juuli' at some point); I've managed to persuade it to grow through a smoke bush (cultivar known: 'Royal Purple')

SomeBeans has been redesigning the bottom of the garden to make it more 'sitting' friendly - he's getting into this gardening lark! Looking directly up from the bench there, you get this view:Here is a close up of Campanula which is the proud new hairdo of Myrtle - the photos of Myrtle herself didn't come out very well, and besides, she deserves a post all of her own.

It's not my incompetent fault that the next photo is of an un-named rose cultivar - I bought it very cheaply as a weedy looking specimen. It now sprawls over the three huge (previously very cheap and tiny and bought at the same time as the rose) lavenders of unknown cultivar.

The weather gods have a sense of humour when it comes to the blooms of the peony. These huge tissue paper balls of petals are so delicate, but seemingly every year are weighed down to the ground by the weight of the weather gods' spite. Below is a peony inherited with the garden, presumably Peony officinalis Rubra Plena

And finally, to avoid the suggestion that I care only about flowering plants, below is a representative of the bryophytes - some moss, with fruiting body (sporophyte? - it's a while since I studied botany). The lawn is mossy, but not qute that mossy - the photo is from a weekend walk in North Wales. Close up, as gorgeous as any flower!

* I'm rubbish at writing down what plants I buy, and tend to try to leave labels inconspicuously on the plant. However, SomeBeans is of the label removing garden variety (and quite right too - I should be more organised & keep a journal, so it's entirely my own fault) and so I have a range of unidentified plants in the garden. This probably tells me that I shouldn't consider a career as a curator of a botanical collection.


Esther Montgomery said...

Don't let anyone else at Blotanical know (!) - but I think there's a great difference between gardening and curating.

Not only do I not like labels - I don't mind in the least that I loose track of what's what.

If I remembered everything, it would be like sitting in a catalogue.


VP said...

I like the idea of letting your plants be free in the garden, sprawling where they like and developing their own personalities rather than the label they've been given.

Probably best not to open for the NGS eiher - I don't think you can get away with calling every plant 'thingy' when you're asked what they are ;)

VP said...

Thanks for the link! :)

Have a look at this one...


Great minds think alike!

Anonymous said...

I agree with esther and VP and dont like gardens with labels all over the place. My pathetic attempt at trying to remember what is what is to put the labels in a box and then to rummage through it waiting for divine intervention!!

Rose said...

I enjoyed looking at your flowers. I couldn't be a gardening curator or any gardening expert either. I like looking at a lilac, not a vulgaris syringea or whatever it's called.

HappyMouffetard said...

I don't leave labels fluttering in the wind on every plant - honest! I have a couple (under soil or in the very depths of evergreen shrubs), but, as with Helen, have a biscuit tin full of labels but it's a bit difficult sorting through them all trying to fnd a particular one and then matching it up with the plant :(

Anonymous said...

HappyMouffe and I differ on the definition of 'inconspicuous' ;-)

Despite being brought up with highly ordered borders, I prefer rather more riotous planting.

(posted from the garden - oh the joys of Wifi and a cheap bench from B&Q :-)


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