Sunshine and blue flowers!

Camassia quamash – well worth waiting for!

I added a new banner picture today because I was so thrilled with these flowers and, as you can see, the bees love them!

I ordered the bulbs from Sarah Raven last autumn.  I hoped that they would look stunning left to naturalise in the grass as I had already decided to let it become a ‘wild meadow’.  Carol Klein’s wonderful book, ‘Life in a Cottage Garden’ described them and the photos looked too good to resist.  What do you think?

Camassis in the grass

I realised a couple of years ago that the grass was never going to be a ‘lawn’.  The endless routine of scarifying, moss killing, weed-and-feed was not for me.  At our previous garden we had a ‘wildflower meadow’ at the far end under a mature tree.  In this small garden I realised that I missed the constant buzz of insects, the changes throughout the season and the sheer variety of plants, flowers and wildlife that it attracted.

So, I decided that I could try to adapt our small suburban patch of grass.  Here is a more detailed view of the Camassia.  They are such a rich blue, not purple like the flowers on the Chelsea Flower Show television programme this evening.

Camassis flower and bumble bee

A welcome surprise this evening after work… next I need to see whether any of the tomato seeds are worth keeping.

Lets hope the sunny weather is here to stay!

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Bargain buys…

Went to the local garden centre for compost and horticultural grit.  Whilst there noticed that they had reduced some perennial plants as they were ‘past their best’.  I hope to grow more of my Astrantia from seed but I found two new ones at half price plus a beautiful cranesbill or geranium so am really pleased.  The Geranium is flowering and I think that they Astrantias will do again.

I just love this photo!

cranesbill flower and bumble bee