A welcome sight in the garden in March/April is the Pulmonaria Roy Davidson
Pulmonaria was one of those plants which never really thrived in our Aberdeen garden. Here in Cheshire, Roy Davidson is making its presence felt.
Roy Davidson in our garden
Last February I spotted this Pulmonaria in several positions in our North facing back garden. The odd positioning of them convinced me that most of the plants had self seeded.
The colder January and February of this year, meant that our Pulmonaria held back until the second week of March before starting to bloom.
I never really got to grips with Pulmonaria in Aberdeen, although in the last couple of years whilst we were there I was hearing a lot about one named Blue Ensign many said it was the best blue available, however when it died back after flowering in Spring, it was gone and didn’t re-emerge until early Spring in the following year.
Roy Davidson, I am pleased to say is behaving very differently here in our Cheshire garden.
After flowering this Spring I intend to split some of the larger clumps and find spaces in our woodland path for them.
The semi evergreen leaves may well die back in a severe Winter, however before the season is finished you will likely see them start to show again. Here in the North West coast of England the small powdery blue flowers start to show colour in late February or early March.
As the pale blue flowers age, they transform into a soft shade of pink, this results in a plant with blue and pink flowers at the same time.
As well as the benefit from a Spring plant with a long flowering period this Pulmonaria has distinctive and attractive mid green foliage splashed with silvery white spots.
Take advantage of these leaves at their very best by cutting the whole plant down to ground level when the blooms have gone over. You will be rewarded later on with a fine foliage display, almost Hosta like. This bonus is often at its best in late Summer.
The clumps can grow quite large, take advantage just as the flowers are going over by dividing and replanting where you can enjoy even more of them next year.
Common name *** lungwort (yuk)
Hardiness *** fully hardy
Height *** 30cm/12″
Position *** at their very best in a woodland or semi shaded spot
Soil *** any soil type, doesn’t like drying out
I have spent a lot of time recently making changes to my page A to Z of our plants. Previously they were set up as one long straight vertical, line which did not look very appealing.
I now have them sorted out in a much better manner. Take a look and see what you think, each thumbnail shows the name of the plant when highlighted. Only problem is, if a visitor is using a tablet, the plant name is not apparent, now how am I going to overcome this obstacle. WordPress have a means whereby a caption can be added to each thumbnail, I gave this a go but unfortunately it resulted in the thumbnails returning to a vertical manner, so had to abandon that idea. Oh, if the thumbnail is clicked/opened then it reveals my post on the subject.
Our North facing back garden can get pretty squelchy in Winter. In fact we decided to get rid of the grass completely, leave the flower beds as they are and gravel the rest of it.
We started to think it may look rather harsh so decided to lift the plants in the border nearest the house which gets very little sunshine and gravel this area only.
It used to get really messy when there was a downpour, what a difference the gravel has made. As you see we have pots set out with plants which prefer the shade. It will take a little time to sort this out to the best advantage for all seasons. I am thinking a few Hellebores will add a bit of interest for Winter
When purchasing perennial plants for the garden in the past I have had a tendency to go for those in 2ltr pots. It works great when you are looking for instant effect but can be rather expensive. Here in Cheshire I have found that small perennial plants come away very quickly catching up with those larger ones in the second year.
Take a look at Jersey plants, you get 12 for £9.99 or 24 for £14.99 Perennial plants from Jersey