Ravashing Roses & a Kinky Verbascum

A beautiful couple of days in West Cork and the sun is rising again over the mountain to the east. One of the benefits of being away from the garden for a week is being able to see the changes and growth which is normally a pretty slow process. Before I went away what we call James’s rose had a couple of blooms and on my return the bush is bursting with colour and has to be crowned King of the Garden.

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Roses seem to do really well here and Suki’s rose has a dark luxurious colour and is far happier now it’s been moved out of a pot and into the square bed. I love the old fashioned style roses not so flouncy and the flowers don’t last long but their fabric folds and scents are glorious.

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My verbascum was blown over in the wind, I’ve put it upright again but it has an odd kink in it which I find adds to its aesthetic, it is a peculiar but interesting plant.

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My fancy dianthus has come in to full bloom, a showy plant and I find it a bit rude but I’m not sure why.

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The blue iris I planted by the stream has come in to flower for the first time and I am very pleased with the colour and I hope it will spread a bit over time.

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There was a lot of grass cutting to keep up with as I am trying to expand into the “big field” and I have a large round flower bed for annuals and they seem to be growing well but no colour yet.

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Unfortunately it looks like I have lost one of my wild cherry saplings, I think it was due to a combination of some cold southerly winds and a dry spell, I thought I was being ambitious planting it in such an exposed spot, the hazels seem to have coped well however.

I have a tray of echinops and statis seedlings to plant out today but I’m not sure where would be best so I think I’ll try a number of places, I wanted them in the Chinese garden but I don’t have that much room and it may be a bit shady.

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The phormium has large dramatic flower spikes which the starlings appear to love, I presume they are eating the seeds and they come down in small flocks of birds and leave in a flurry.

The honeysuckle is providing the garden with that glorious sweet scent everytime I walk through the garden gate.

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Only a short garden update, the weather is too good to be sat inside writing.

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