Filipendula Rubra Venusta

Filipendula Rubra Venusta

This eye grabber Filipendula Rubra Venusta with large panicles of deep pink blooms in Summer demands attention.

Filipendula Rubra Venusta grew in our Aberdeen back garden just beside the  

garden pond.

It did take three years for it to bulk up, well worth the wait.

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Primula Vulgaris

Everyone loves Primula Vulgaris. Our native Primrose has possibly been the subject of fellow bloggers more often than any other plant.

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I will put in my tuppence worth here, not only because I am very fond of  this plant but also for the reason, that I made a decision some time ago to profile every plant which we have in our garden now, or have had in the past.

This task, if I take it seriously enough, should help see me through to a time when I should receive a letter from the reigning monarch.

Primula Vulgaris, starts to bloom very early, in Aberdeen more often in mid/late March. However even in Aberdeen I have seen blooms start to open in February.


Primula Vulgaris

The pictures of this one were taken in our Cheshire garden, where the first blooms did indeed start to open early in February.

Over the years we have grown many of the brightly coloured Primulas and Polyanthus, which give a good show in Spring. These plants are generally treated as annuals and replaced with Summer bedding come late May/early June.   I suspect here in Cheshire it should be safe enough to plant out the Summer bedding at least a couple of weeks earlier than this.


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Being a native plant, Primula Vulgaris gives more garden satisfaction.

Its dependable, perennial, in fact most years it remains evergreen, and reading your comments, it seems they are capable of blooming all year round . It grows in soil which is either on the acidic or Alkaline side.

Looks good at the front of the border or sensational at the edge of a woodland area.  We have such a woodland spot, which I have claimed, as it seems to be  in no man’s land.  It actually looks really good from our garden, I just have to create a method of access.

Well anyway, these Primula Vulgaris with their pale yellow blooms are dotted here and there in our front and back garden.  Blooming profusely now in late March, I expect they will still be going strong well into April.

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Back garden March (4)

I spent such a long time ridding our Aberdeen garden of Leylandii.  Guess what, well you don’t really have to as you can see for yourself.

Yes, Leylandii running the length of our Cheshire back garden.

For the past three months I have been kidding myself that this was kind of all right.  The mild Winter resulted in continued growth of this monster through the season.


Back garden March

I am feeling less troubled by it now as, its COMING OUT, roots an all,  so glad we have come to this decision. I am not keen to tackle this job myself so I have arranged for the heavy squad to deal with it, hopefully next week.

In its place we are putting up wooden trellis, where we will grow climbing Roses and Clematis.


Front garden March (2)

The front garden, although there isn’t much in the way of blooms at the moment, I am rather fond of it.

I have been continuing to cut out additional borders where we can add a bit of colour in Spring and Summer.

All the main existing borders had been well planted up, and to be quite honest was quite easy on the eye, even in the dead of Winter, well, we didn’t really have a Winter, but you know what I’m  getting at.

There are a few shrubs that will need replacing, and I will probably see to this soon. That’s the Hydrangea Pinky Winky in the tub, apparently I have to find a place for it.


Front garden March (3)


Cant say these guys have been making a nuisance of themselves, in fact they are very entertaining.

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 I was contacted by the producers, who are at the moment looking for gardeners like myself to put their names, or should I say gardens forward for the Alan Titchmarsh (Britain’s Best Gardens)

They had come across my blog as they may have done with yours. Anyway, after seeing pictures of our Aberdeen garden they were asking if we wanted to participate or nominate anyone else.

As we no longer live in Aberdeen, I had to decline, however I have many blogging friends with beautiful gardens, perhaps you would like to check it out, go on, click on the link. Britain’s Best Gardens

If you happen to leave a comment I will be sure to visit your site and do the same

Crambe Cordifolia

Crambe Cordifolia. How satisfying is it when a plant which you think may be borderline, and you don’t really expect it to flourish ends up being outstanding.

 Keeping your expectations in check makes the pleasure of success all the more pleasurable.   Crambe Cordifolia was planted in the round garden fifteen months ago. Read more “Crambe Cordifolia”

Thalictrum Aquilegifolium Thundercloud

 Thalictrum Aquilegifolium Thundercloud in the garden

A double feature today, headed by Thalictrum Thundercloud, after the toss of a coin as to whether the white form Album may head the bill.

Thalictrum Aquilegifolium Thundercloud, a fully hardy perennial in Aberdeen  and unlike some of the Aquilegias which it is closely related to, the Thalictrum is very long lived. Read more “Thalictrum Aquilegifolium Thundercloud”