Archive | May 2017

Island of Flowers



Lundy is currently covered in flowers! There are sheets of bluebells on the East slopes, where the bracken grows up to cover them later in the year. And the Western cliffs are a carpet of thrift. I have never seen such large hummocks, in such a wide range of shades of candy pink. It was gorgeous!

We were staying for a few days with the committee of the Lundy Field Society, in Millcombe House, which is a lovely elegant rental property nestling in the valley above the Landing Bay.




As well as the thrift and bluebells, I found a few other interesting flowers, including the little blue Sheepsbit Scabious:




Yellow Pimpernel, which is very similar to the more common Scarlet Pimpernel, but yellow, as you would expect…




And Henbane, an interesting and extremely toxic plant!




As well as finding flowers, I managed to wander around most of the island, and with the weather being excellent, it all looked stunning!







We went over on the Oldenburg, as do most visitors in the summer, but not all….




Lundy is always beautiful, and always worth a visit, in my opinion, but if you are partial to a pink flower or two, May is definitely the month!



What’s new in the garden?



Yesterday I decided to finally remove the rotten logs that once formed an edging between the woodland path and the woodland lawn (Every part of the garden is having to acquire a name, or else you spend a lot of time saying ‘that bit down the bottom on the left near the rhodies…). They meant I couldn’t mow to the edge of the lawn, and were a right state. But once I had taken them away, the edge was a mess of troughs and long grass. So I thought I would just trim the edge of the lawn to tidy it up. Then I thought I had better lay the hosepipe along the edge to make sure I got it smooth. Once the hose was laid out, it made it clear that the path wasn’t really in the right place, so before I knew it I had committed to shifting one end over about 18” to line up with the potager, and realigning the rest to give a nice curve. It was a lot of turf to strip, with plenty of stones as well. But I am very happy with the result, and now need to tackle the other half of the path.




My main focus in the garden this spring has been clearing some parts of the main flowerbed and actually planting some new plants. Unfortunately nothing looks worse in a photo than an expanse of stony soil dotted with a few tiny plants, so you will have to take my word for it until they have grown a bit. But I can show you some of the treasures that I have planted, such as the lovely Heuchera above, and the Tiarella below.




The acers that I planted last year are looking good down in the acer glade, and we have had a lovely display of bluebells around them this year.




There is also a red acer in the main border, which looked particularly fine this year next to a gold leaved Euonymus and three clumps of blue Camassia.




One of my big rhododendrons didn’t flower last year, but this year has been smothered with huge fragrant hand-sized blooms, with pink buds opening white. They are a delight, and I must try and find out the name.




I went plant-shopping on Saturday and bought a few more things to plant, which is very exciting.

Himalayan poppies



A red broom



and Halimiocistus wintonensis. More digging!!