The big news has been that I have decided to open the garden on May 19th as part of the Dulwich Helpline/Southwark Churches Care garden safari....yes this may be a little crazy as the garden is very much a late summer garden and its not at its best in May. However I like the idea of a safari (perhaps I will wear my pith helmet) and the nice chair lady was good at sweet talking me and how could there be a garden safari on my road without my garden? Quite how it will look I have no idea as I think it all depends on if the Forget-me-nots are out as if they are it will be a beautiful sea of blue as I let them self seed everywhere. If not it will look rather empty.....however I can wax lyrical about carnivorous plants and there will be some special things tucked away. Who knows with this weather?! last year the 19th May was a sea of blue, the year before dry and desolate...
Anyway I thought it was time for a bit of a tour of the garden
This is a new archway leading into a bit of a hidden seating area which I found being chucked out on the road last year....I was dead butch and put it together properly with screws and everything....I attempted to move the Paulownia next to it but it was too much trouble (well it is 4yrs old and about 12ft tall)
View of the main lawn with 4 Echiums which have (so far) survived winter. If they could then flower on May 19th I would be much obliged
Another new project, an archway made of a couple of big fence posts and a dug up iron structural thingy
Flowers of Petasites japonica.....really weird things which are a bit otherworldly, however the bees seem to like them
This is a Rheum palmatum.....it looks a bit evil with its thick roots and bright red new growth like little cherries about to shoot