Before the frothy bearded irises grab our attention, the Siberian iris provides several days of quiet loveliness. While there are larger, showier varieties of Siberian iris, the old cultivar “Perry’s Blue” remains a favourite because of its quiet dignity. If it can be sited where it is backlit by the late afternoon sun the effect is magical. Despite the brief show, it is worth finding space for them: the narrow upright leaves make a long-lasting and trouble-free contribution to the border. Once established they can be surprisingly tollerant of mid-summer drought.
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When bees come to visit the earliest flowers, I know that spring is truly here. … Read More
Even the lowly (because ubiquitous) spirea can surprise you with loveliness on a blustery day in April. My main complaint is that it has too many merits, requires too little of us, which seems churlish just now, when spirea is the first shrub to leaf out most bravely. … Read More
Galanthus, more commonly: snowdrops, are one of the earliest garden pleasures in the year, often breaking through the snow long before February is over. And now in mid-March they are still looking splendidly sturdy. They are a welcome sign that spring is indeed progressing and that renewal can happen. Again. … Read More