Crimson, Magenta and Lots of Green
I've briefly watched some of the TV highlights of this year's Chelsea Flower Show and from what I gathered, the "in" colours are deep reds, purple and lots of green. Well surprise, surprise! green is pretty dominant in my garden this month too and there are splashes of magenta, red and pink as well :-)
These are my favourites . . .
And there's lots of gorgeous green – I think last year's wet summer must have set the plants up for an explosion of growth this spring. I love the lime green Cornelian Cherry against the deep burgundy Prunus in the background. I could say I designed it that way – but it just sort of happened.
In the courtyard the 'fountain that I condemned when I first laid eyes on it but is still here' is now dwarfed by my lovely humble umbels – angelica, lovage and sweet cicely – three of my favourite herbs. They disappear in the winter leaving the ivy false-topiary spheres and the fountain (mmmm – it's going one of these days); then in spring they erupt into growth, a green fountain :-)
This is the view from the back of my studio. I've not had time to preen and manicure and have left the hens to scratch and make dust baths where they will. Don't look too closely – you'll spot the nettles, ground elder and the grass dying because just under the soil is a ring of concrete. Yes, I thought it was something far more exciting, like the remains of a Tudor dovecot, but sadly not.
So, before this hummocky symphony of foliage becomes a cacophony in a month or so; stand back and admire . . .
. . . and follow the hen for the next instalment