Final countdown! a little dramatic, ah well our house is sold and we move out on November 29th.
The final two posts from Aberdeen will take a look at how the garden performed in 2013. Starting off with Spring and then closing the curtain on this episode of our lives with our Aberdeen garden in Summer.
Due to the reluctance of Spring to arrive the Daffodil February Gold had to wait until April before coming into bloom this year.
Jack Snipe on the left Jetfire sitting next to it, well apparently that depends on if the resolution on your monitor is the same as mine.
Grand Soleil above gave a good show, perhaps a little on the tall side for tubs.
The Daffodil Reggae on the left is later in coming into bloom than most of the others it doesn’t half give a good show though. Tete e Tete on the right an early flowering all time favourite.
Spring also gave us a great show of Tulips this year. I treat them as annuals, it may seem a little extravagant but most of them are very inexpensive.
The creamy white blooms of Albion Star were at their best in early May.
Apricot beauty also didn’t disappoint.
The double flowers of Calimero grown in a tub were outstanding. I plant up the tubs of Tulips in early October leaving them outside in the situation where we want them. They have never let us down regardless of the severity of the Winter.
The brightly colored blooms of Cape Cod on the left gave a good show in May. These ones were planted directly in one of the borders in the back garden. Grew to a height of about 45cm. Perhaps a little garish, but nevertheless appreciated.
Tulip Johann Strauss on the right started to bloom in early March in spite of the weather.
I have always been a sucker for red and the tulip Double Viriflor didn’t let me down. This one bloomed in April nice and compact for a pot, growing to a height of a little more than 30cm.
Honky Tonk, soft yellow with a hint of apricot. This one only grows to 25cm and is said to be good for naturalizing.
May 14th and the garden was starting to look good and the Summer weather ahead was to be the best we have had in many years. Very pleased and sad at the same time that our last years memory of our Aberdeen garden is one of the best.
Well, this post is about how our garden was in the Spring, A lot more than just Tulips and Daffs, here we have some more of our plants which were blooming then.
The Hellebore, Party Dress Picotee was the first to bloom in early Spring. Last year the blooms started to open in late January. This year it was late February although it wasn’t until April that they came into their own.
I purchased a number of Auricula seedlings last year. This is the only one which has put on enough growth to produce blooms. (Curry Blend) I rather like it and will look forward to next year in the hope of seeing some of the others.
The checkered nodding heads of Fritillaria Meleagris always grabs the attention of visitors to the garden.
The Osmanthus planted in a pot is happy enough being left outdoors without protection from the Winter chills.
Lysichiton Americanus (Skunk Cabbage) a marginal plant in the garden pond looks good in April, however the leaves in mid Summer can look a little unsightly.
The Bergenia Bressingham White introduced to the garden in early Spring looked so good that I am tempted to lift it, pot it up and take it with us.
The blue Anemone Blanda looks equally good planted in the border or in tubs.
Brunnera Macrophilla is a sight for sore eyes from April continuing until the end of May.
Camellia Donation, the most dependable one you will find for the Aberdeen garden, I will stick my neck out and say, I guarantee it.
The mature and magnificent clumps of Erythronium Pagoda make this Spring plant my firm favourite.
Thats all for now, I will return once more with a look at the Summer garden in this our last year in Aberdeen.
I will then be back again in 2014 all going well. It may not be until well into the year as we are having an extension built and decorating throughout. Its sort of downsizing with an agenda of having it as large as the house we are leaving, I guess you get the idea of where this comes from.
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