20 June 2011
Cottage garden gems
Having spent four full years laying out and planting up the land around the house at Allt-y-Bela, I have found that this is the first year it is turning into a garden. The fruit and cottage garden looks amazing this month - some of my favourite plants have been flowering since early May.
Paeone 'Molly the Witch' opens early with my incredible black tulips Tulipa 'Black Hero' and T. 'Queen of the Night'. These have finished now and have been replaced by black Geranium phaeum and shortly the alliums will join in. Lupinus 'Masterpiece' has been exceptional this year and I have recently put in a new soft pink dahlia (Dahlia 'Naples') which I am looking forward to starting its flowering period next month.
On a recent visit to Watermeadow Nursery I bought a really lovely Super Poppy (Papaver 'Medallion') which I have added to this area. It builds its colour slowly and fades beautifully with no brown edges to spoil the effect. I would highly recommend it.
Watermeadow Nursery, Alresford Road, Cheriton, Alresford SO24 0QB