Flowers on Friday

A charming, old-fashioned cottage garden plant with bonnet-shaped flowers, often two-tone and with long graceful spurs these herbaceous perennials are invaluable for flowering in May and early June . Aquilegias fill the seasonal gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the first of the summer flowers. Self-sown they can look charming naturalised amongst shrubs…

Flowers on Friday

Iris is the flower of the Greek goddess ‘Iris’ who is the messenger of Love and uses the Rainbow to travel. A blue iris symbolises faith and hope.

Flowers on Friday

Iris confusa or  the bamboo iris. It is a rhizomatous perennial plant, native to Western China. It has flowers which range from white to a soft lavender or pale blue in colour, with orange-yellow crests and purple dots. The plant’s broad, shiny leaves are attached to bamboo-like stems. Wikipedia

Flower of the Month: April

Tulips are like exotic birds. They come in different shapes, heights, colours and flowering times.  You have early single and doubles and late singles and doubles. The early flowering ones open in cooler weather, right when winter is just disappearing, and tend to last longer. Their flowers have a distinct cup shape consisting of six…

Flowers on Friday

Erythronium californicum ‘ White Beauty’ has numerous large white flowers with yellow centres which sit proudly on stems up to 20cm and has pretty mottled leaves. The header image is Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ a beautiful hybrid between E. tuolumnense and E. californicum ‘White Beauty’, bearing 3 to 4 sulphur-yellow flowers on a 25cm stem in April.

Flowers on Friday

Now it is the time for the Azaleas and Rhododendrons to take centre stage although this one has suffered a bit from the cold winds and rain over the weekend.

Flowers on Friday

Amomyrtus Luma This large evergreen shrub can grow to 20 feet (6m) so not one for a small garden. In spring it produces abundant clusters of creamy-yellow flowers and both they and the foliage are scented. It usually flowers in May, but in some years can flower in March. These were seen in March here…

Spiky Squares: The End

Spiky Squares has come to an end, but here is my round-up of all my spiky, jagged, barbed, serrated and bristly photos from this month. There is an extra one. I wonder if anyone who has been following these posts carefully can spot which that is. I have had fun looking through my archives to…

Spiky Squares

The final day for Becky’s Spiky March Squares.  This month she would like to see anything spiky, jagged, bristly, serrated, prickly or barbed in whatever interpretation you like. If you haven’t already joined in now is the last time. Post one image or thirty-one images. The only rule: they must be a square. March Squares…