Old Court Diary
This entry: 24 April 2017 by Ross Barbour
Who ate all the chocolate?
We have been experiencing a rather dry spell at the Nursery over April, none of your April showers this year. The sun has been very warm when you happen to find yourself in it but still rather cool when in the shade. I guess it has been good for the garden and I certainly wont complain, chances are when the rain does come it will probably forget to stop. All the blossom has really benefited, it hasn’t missed the frost, wind and rain battering the hell out of them. Magnolias, Cherries and Malus in particular have been looking magnificent and lasting ages.
All the bulbs have had a great season too but it almost looks like spring is over and the Garden is moving into its Summer phase. This I find a little disconcerting but whatever happens, Nature always seems to level out one way or the other, all the flora and fauna seems to cope with everything that is thrown at it, its just us that go into meltdown when the weather doesn’t do what its 'suppose' to do!
Epimedium 'Perrine's Pink' (Magique Elfes Series)
Helen is a big fan of Epimediums and there are quite a few in the garden now, I must admit some of them are rather cool.
Epimedium × warleyense
Triliums, Triliums, Trilliums.
We think this is Trillium chloropetalum or a garden hybrid but it really likes us and we really love it. A nice clump that has been in the garden for over 30 years.
Out on the sand bed where the sun has been blazing our little Gentiana acaulis BA Form from Rob Potterton just seems to get better and better each year
Gentiana acaulis BA Form
Some of the Iris love the sand bed as well, just look at Iris 'Sari'
Iris magnifica 'Agalik'