See how Dicentra Formosa Aurora and the pink form performs in our Aberdeen garden.
Dicentra Formosa Aurora, not just a Spring flowering plant
This is a great plant to use for ground cover. Don’t mistake it for the Chinese form, (Dicentra Spectabilis) which most of us know as Bleeding Heart.
In our garden, front and back we have the white form of Formosa and also the pink, I think I have a preference for the white, but I will also add a couple of pictures of the pink one.
The ferny blue/green leaves of Dicentra Formosa Aurora start to form in the month of March up here in Aberdeen. The flowering period is very long and normally is said to be from early May till late August. This Spring the first blooms opened in the second week of March and the plants were smothered with the creamy white flowers by mid April. To be honest, the plant generally is said to have creamy white blooms but to me they look pure white.
In our garden it grows to about 30cm/12 inches tall at the most.
I find the flowers of this Dicentra are at their very best in late Spring, on the other hand it could well be that, by the end of the Summer I have had my fill of them.
If white flowers are not for you then the pink form except for colour is identical.
Your Dicentra will grow in any reasonable free draining garden soil. The plant spreads quite rapidly and you may feel the need to keep it in check. Unlike the Chinese form Spectabilis where we so often find the foliage dying back completely, you may be happy to know that this is not the case with the form Formosa.
Position—Full sun/part shade/will do well enough North facing
Although the Magpie is a very handsome bird, it is normally seen as an unwanted threat to our smaller feathered friends which nest in our gardens. This year in mid May a pair of them decided to nest in the Abies Koreana which is in the border of our neighbours garden, directly next to us. Interesting to watch, however it soon became clear that the other birds weren’t feeling very chuffed.
These Magpies became regular visitors to our garden pond where they would feed on the tadpoles, not much of a feed, but they were doing it. Myra in her wisdom at one point decided they may enjoy a treat, and put out a couple of eggs for them, well, what do I know!
The Summer bedding for the front garden was planted out on the 30th of May. Below is pictures of how the Begonias were looking in the greenhouse a few days beforehand.
Now, don’t you laugh but this ornamental floorie gardener is growing some stuff that can be eaten.
Two apple trees on dwarf rooting stock, Red Devil and Scrumptious. One in the main border where the Rowan Cashmiriana used to be, and the other one in the round garden.
Not one, not two, not three but four tomato plants. Two Gardeners delight, one Elegance and one Lizzano.
Cucumber starting to form, just so happens to have a yellow flower stuck on the end. This one is a midi named Quatro.
Aubergine Scorpio, I ask you, just how exotic is that. Not something normally on our menu, have to check out some recipes.
Red pepper, Californian Wonder.
Salad leaves, set out in the clothes drying area in ten terracotta pots, I also have onions growing along with some flowers in the back garden. To tell the truth, I am a lot more excited about this than I am letting on.
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