Monthly Archives: May 2015

Looking Rosy

The first flush of the garden roses is well underway.  They can prove irresistible.  Last year there was a successful prosecution of a rose thief, arrested in the early hours of the morning climbing over the railings with a bucket … Continue reading

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Papaver ‘Coral Reef’

The Oriental poppy, Papaver orientale ‘Coral Reef’, grown from Thompson & Morgan seed, is flowering now at the North End, with big beautiful bristly buds opening into great glamorous satin-petalled, soft-pink flowers.  Oriental poppies are tough persistent perennials, easily grown … Continue reading

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Weeds? Absolutely!

Three-cornered Leek, Allium triquetrum, is the only plant growing at the Phoenix that our gardener truly considers a weed.  Just coming to the end of it’s flowering, the white-with-a-green-stripe pixie-hat flowers have been busy with bees and as pretty as … Continue reading

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Wisteria

The wisteria has been fantastic this year, with loads of violet trails of flowers waving in the breeze.  Flowers soon to fade, it’s getting ready to spread great octopus arms over Flitcroft Street, the long rubbery stems of extension growth … Continue reading

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Me old china

  Rosa chinensis sanguinea, flowers in waves through the year, even in the very dry soil beneath our wild pear tree. All the new growth ends in loose clusters of elegant uptight buds that open their petals in a big … Continue reading

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Field Poppy

From a dumpy bag of dirt, reclaimed from deconstruction work, this tissue-petalled beauty has arisen.  We did not sow it. Since the garden was created in 1984 and the first plants here were grown, seeds have been gathering in the … Continue reading

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everyone wants to know what this is…

  Abutilon x suntense always attracts attention, adding early summer glamour beneath the wild pear tree. Eager-snouted visitors will draw the flowers up to sniff them, probably expecting to inhale a rich perfume but despite the flower’s promise, there is none … Continue reading

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bee house

Knocked up from a scrap of exterior-grade plywood, stuffed with paper tubes and given a quick lick of paint, our new bee house is up and ready despite the rain.  Many of the garden bee species are solitary and would … Continue reading

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Weeds? Herb Robert

Perched atop our brick pile is this healthy group of Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum, covered in a confetti of small pink flowers, busy with bees and pretty as anything. Rooted into little more than woodlouse poop, it shows just how … Continue reading

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One down…

Outside the garden was this very flat rat, almost thin enough to label, stamp and send as a novelty postcard. In the garden, despite our ongoing pogrom, far too many remain in healthy 3D, feasting on visitor leftovers, and scaring … Continue reading

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