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Island of Flowers

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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And Henbane, an interesting and extremely toxic plant!

 

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

 

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

 

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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!

 

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Bluebells!

Eight intrepid lady walkers from our village, plus one very well-behaved dog, took a gentle stroll yesterday around our local National Trust property’s grounds, at Arlington Court.

The sun shone and the walk was in a sheltered valley, so the fleeces were gradually shed and our faces got pinker. The lambs were gambolling and the birds singing, and all was perfect.

The woods were carpeted in sheets of bluebells, as far as the eye could see.

 

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After oohing and aahing for a while, we meandered back towards the house itself, of which I failed to get a picture. There is a nice church there too.

 

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Next was the obligatory lunch stop in the National Trust tearooms, where I had a lovely leek and wild garlic soup, and a bottle of Luscombes cider, which I haven’t tried before but was very tasty. Replete and refreshed, we strolled around the walled gardens, admiring the azaleas and the peacocks, before returning to the real world.

 

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Back home in my garden, I have a little bluebell wood of my own, in the Acer glade. It may be small, but it is a delight to have!

 

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The best bit of gardening

Which is, of course, planting things! I have done a lot of gardening the last few days, or so my muscles tell me, and most of it has been planting, which makes a nice change from all the destructive gardening.

 

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I love bleeding hearts, or Dicentra spectabilis. It is one of my favourite plants, and I now have two in the woodland, between the clumps of daffodils that have finished flowering, where they will add colour through to the summer. I have two of the white variety to plant as well.

 

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These dog’s tooth violets, or Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ were planted a couple of weeks ago in the Acer glade, and have already grown in size and sent up additional flowers. The clumps of leaves behind them should be bluebells, so hopefully I will get a pleasing combination of pale yellow and blue.

 

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This is one of the Acers that gives the glade it’s new name. It is ‘Bloodgood’, just coming into leaf, and should be a lovely strong specimen if it doesn’t get nibbled by anything. This little glade is just a small area in my woodland that was full of snowdrops, so I called it the snowdrop glade. But now it is looking to be also full of bluebells, so I will call it the Acer glade instead, or I shall be changing it’s name every season! There are two other Acers already planted, but they just look like twigs until the leaves emerge, so photos will have to wait.

 

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The long fenceline across the top of the garden is not the most attractive, so I am planting a succession of shrubs, well spaced out, which will be allowed to grow large and help conceal the fence. They don’t look much yet, but the front one is a Californian lilac, Ceanothus ‘Concha’, with blue flowers in late spring, and the rear one is Escallonia ‘Appleblossom’ with pinky white blooms also in late spring.

 

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Further down the garden, in deer country, I have gone for spiky plants, with a red berberis at the front and Sea buckthorn, Hippophae rhamnoides, to the rear. I hope they survive!

 

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There is a shrubbery of evergreens in the centre of the garden, and this gap between two large shrubs was crying out to be filled, so I have put in a pink camellia that was rescued from the sales area at the garden centre, and is actually a nice little plant.

 

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The deciduous shrubs around the garden are all starting to leaf, and I still don’t have a clue what most of them are! I can’t wait to see what I have, and am watching them carefully. This one is still a mystery – thick waxy little leaves, or sepals, emerging from each bud, with a little flowerhead of some sort in the middle. Ideas, anyone?