Phormium Firebird from New Zealand
Many plants in the garden centres look just too exotic to possibly be fully hardy in this part of the country. This one, Phormium Firebird from New Zealand, planted in the garden in 2005 is one such plant. Felt after it being in the garden for a few years it was fully hardy. However the severe Winter of 2010/11 finished it off. Very disappointing, will I give it another go, well,I am not sure however it is a beauty for those of you in the far south who may not be frightened off by the bold appearance.
Firebird was introduced by Margaret Jones from New Zealand in 1982, looks fantastic as a feature plant or in the mixed border placed in a sunny position. The bright scarlet strappy leaves fade to purple as they age. This evergreen plant also does very well planted in a container.
Hardiness – Borderline
Height – 4/5ft
A look at the garden on the 8th of April. Temperatures have been above average on a number of occasions in the past few weeks, 6th and 8th of Apeil it was a lovely 20c
A spot in the garden where we like to Show off Auricula Old Irish blue at this time of the year
The secret garden ready to spring in to life.
.The round garden was once so shaded with overgrown trees the grass was dying off, now recovering nicely.
Just a little hideaway in the back garden.
The main area of the back garden, Myra doing a bit of pruning.
Our wee garden pond coming back to life, see I have stuck Marys head back on.
Another wee spot in the back garden.
Finally another shot of the main area in the back garden.