If last week was iris week then this week is peony week, the hot sunny weather has brought all the flowers out. Over the years I seem to have planted a bit of a collection of peonies. Their flowers may be short-lived, but they are so beautiful and the scent is wonderful too.
This beautiful bloom is up in the autumn bed at the top of the garden.
Nearby in the amber and amethyst garden is this big pink one, I think the label suggested it was purple and it clashes gloriously with the orange geum! The photo almost looks photoshopped, but it really is that bright! It’s lucky really that it’s flowers are fairly short lived as it really doesn’t go with anything around it!
Round the patio I’m trying to gradually lighten the colours as in the evening from the conservatory the light coloured flowers look almost luminescent. Last year I planted this gorgeous peony, it’s petals are the palest of pinks.
The clematis I’ve planted in the last few years are starting to make an impact. This one is climbing up one of three obelisks in the autumn border. It’s starting to mingle round the neighbouring plants as well as up the obelisk.
In the amber & amethyst garden I have a large wooden obelisk which I made probably about 3 or 4 years ago. It has a rambling rose growing through it, I’m really pleased with it this year as although it hasn’t flowered yet it has lots of buds all the way up the bush. The rose is completely covering the obelisk now! I’ve also got a couple of clematis growing through it. One of them, the darker purple one, was meant to be growing over the arch next to it, I didn’t think it was doing very well as most of the flowers initially were very low down. However the other day I spotted a bit of purple right at the top of the obelisk, it was a clematis flower! Since then a few more have emerged in the midst of the rose bush.
Another climber in the amber and amethyst garden is a honeysuckle which is growing over the arch at the entrance to this part of the garden, it’s never done much in the past, in fact I’ve been a bit disappointed with it in previous years. However, this year, whilst it is still a bit straggly it has quite a few pretty flowers, these are a lovely rich yellow colour and smell wonderful. I think I need to check my book on how to prune this to try and improve it.
I’m trying to catch up with the weeding at the moment as bindweed and mares tail are increasing daily in the nice weather. Some of the spring flowering shrubs such as deutzia have been pruned back too.I need to investigate my little water feature again too as it dried up over night, so it has obviously sprung a leak somewhere – maybe my 15 year old plug of blutack has finally given up!