I hadn’t realized that we had so many pink flowers in our garden until I thought it would be nice to do a piece on the different colours in throughout ours. Even though the Bleeding Heart is no longer in bloom I still wanted to include it as it does look very showy. Another plant with showy blooms is the Astilbe we have white and pink ones in our garden and they remind me of elegant feather dusters.
This week the Anemone’s flowers burst forth, they are amazing as they will bloom through the summer and beyond.
Roses are wonderful bloomers too but not so easy to capture. I have only lately really truly appreciated the amazing flowers of Hydrangeas and how intricate they are and the beautiful different shades that the individual mops turn. They have been easy to grow and also propagate, I have only tried the Ground Layering system; take a green stem which is close to the ground, gently remove most of the leaves except the top few, dig a trench and pop the stem in it and cover with soil. Sometimes I place a small rock on top to stop it from springing up. In a couple of months the stem will have developed roots and you can separate it from the Hydrangea and plant somewhere else or leave to create a bigger plant.
I love Coral Bells along with Hydrangeas they were one of the first plants that I tried in our garden and they are there year round and come in lots of different colours with delicate flowers that look almost like jewels. They are easy to divide and this year I’m noticing tiny new plants popping up around the garden which is a nice surprise. I don’t remember noticing them as a child in Ireland but now when I go home on holidays I see them in the gardens of stately homes and parks. I recently ordered the Yarrow plant Achillea Heidi. I had read about it in the Bluestone Perennials catalogue which is very informative and it said they didn’t mind coastal beach type conditions so I thought it might work near one of the window fans that front our garden, I chose the pinkish colour as I had planted a similar colour Sedum nearby. Both plants are doing well I am happy to report
You take a pink,
You dig above its roots and water it
And so improve it to a garden-pink,
But will not change it to a heliotrope,
Extract from Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning